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Natural Selection opening with Megan Williamson

This past Friday I got to see my dear friend and talented artist Megan Williamson. We're showing her exhibit Natural Selection, fifteen recent works,  through June 30th. She and her son Gavin drove in from Chicago for the opening to talk about a variety of landscapes, still lifes and floral paintings. (There were also two drawings done in her signature sumi ink on Claycoat paper and an abstract oil of a storm, aptly titled Storm). 

I first met Megan through a friend of a friend and was immediately taken with her aesthetic. I showed her work back in 2009 and it's a pleasure to champion her work which belongs in over 100 private and public collections throughout the world. She's been featured on Design*Sponge and has limited editions on Artfully Walls.  Her work is beautiful and immersive. 

Megan Williamson talks about her latest landscapes with Executive Director of Riverside Art Center, Will Hathaway.

Megan Williamson talks about her latest landscapes with Executive Director of Riverside Art Center, Will Hathaway.

We had enthusiastic crowds throughout the evening and lots of activity on the street – another successful First Fridays Ypsilanti!

We urge you to stop in and see this exhibit. Megan is truly a master of color, line and form and this is a show not to be missed. This is our last exhibit of the spring season and we'll highlight previous artists for upcoming FFY nights (with an art sale on July 10th and August 7th). Thanks to everyone that has been a patron the first four months of our exhibition history. It's been a blast!

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Art, Lately

After the winter hibernation, spring is one of my favorite times of year for art-seeing. There's revived energy, excitement and the exhibition season is taking off with high expectations with our first event tomorrow night. 

This past week has been a packed schedule of artist visits and just some cool pieces along the way. 

A detail of a painting by Molly Diana, our November 2015 artist.

A detail of a painting by Molly Diana, our November 2015 artist.

Screenprinted fabrics at Stamps School of Art & Design

Screenprinted fabrics at Stamps School of Art & Design

A piece from the MFA at Stamps

A piece from the MFA at Stamps

Another piece from the MFA show

Another piece from the MFA show

A few of the pieces from Margaret Hitch's 24 piece series. See it in its entirety this October.

A few of the pieces from Margaret Hitch's 24 piece series. See it in its entirety this October.

A piece from the Graduate show at Ford Gallery at EMU

A piece from the Graduate show at Ford Gallery at EMU

John Murrel at Ford Gallery at EMU

John Murrel at Ford Gallery at EMU

Get out there. See some art. Be inspired.

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Overview: Magritte at The Art Institute of Chicago

Unexpectedly, I also got to see Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938 at the Art Institute over the weekend. The exhibit begins with René Magritte's time in Brussels, weaving you through a maze configuration of galleries as you're introduced to his playful surrealist dreamscapes (and sometimes nightmarish) of figures, forms and design-heavy canvases. His handling of oil paint is at once seamless, which iterates his exceptional acumen for working in trompe l'oeil, while maintaining his stylized hand through minimalist shapes.

Working alongside surrealist contemporaries such as Joan Miro and Salvador Dali, his metaphorical works force viewers to question the reality of multiple planes and how we process what we're seeing within a work.

Clairvoyance

Clairvoyance

The Philosopher's Lamp

The Philosopher's Lamp

Included during this era is perhaps his most recognizable work The Treachery of Images with its infamous moniker Ceci n'est pas une pipe (This is not a pipe), calling to attention the representation of objects and how the image of the pipe is not truly a pipe but simply a rendering of one. 

My favorite part of the show was the center hallway, a long gallery of parallel walls. Viewers could absorb the imagery of singular works such as Clairvoyance, The Portrait and The Philosopher's Lamp. While his imagery is not always explicitly violent, there are a few bloodied images of animals, certainly a nod to the German occupation of Belgium during WWII.

The exhibit of over 100 pieces closes with two familiar works (part of the permanent collection at the Art Institute) including Time Transfixed and On the Threshold of Liberty. 

Time Transfixed

Time Transfixed

On the Threshold of Liberty

On the Threshold of Liberty

The show is only open for one more week (through October 13th) but if you're in Chicago, I recommend seeing this exhibit. Tickets are available here

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Art Publicity for American Painter, Megan Williamson

During my time at Madron Gallery I dealt works mostly by deceased artists. (My specialty was impressionism and social realism, from 1890-1950 and some modern, post-war). But every so often, I had the privilege of working with a local artist and among my favorite people to work with is Megan Williamson. To describe her as an artist is too easy. She's an advocate, activist, patron, friend and so much more. 

In 2009 she exhibited her show, bed of earth, blanket of blue air at the gallery. We hung the show by neighborhood and she wrote snippets about her experience painting plein aire at each location directly on the walls. We were constantly exchanging ideas via email, engaging conversations (where we discovered her roommate in NYC was my professor and mentor at college) and we always had a blast.

Megan is just about to embark on her twentieth solo show at Cliff Dwellers in Chicago. And I'm proud and happy to be working with her again.  I'll be handling Megan's press releases, marketing, artist branding and social networking. 

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New Orleans

New Orleans

New Orleans

New Orleans

I adore much of Megan's work because I can see her sensibility and spontaneity in each precious canvas but they also remind me of the nooks that we used to walk by in our old 'hood. Now, Megan is moving on to still lifes and figurative works that employ her Fauve, expressionist brushstrokes into spatial studies of modern allegory. 

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We just launched her Facebook page but won't you please take a moment to Like her and follow the incredible work she does? 

For information on publicizing, branding and marketing your art work, please contact us here

Artist press release with logo brand and inventory list for exhibition

Artist press release with logo brand and inventory list for exhibition


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