Tis the season to contemplate gifts - whether to give an item that goes on for generations or ones destined for future landfills.
Bowersock Gallery's "Small Works of Wonder" Exhibit offers you a chance at the former; a carefully selected work of art by a regional or nationally renowned artists, destined to be a family heirloom.
"Original art is more accessible and affordable than most people assume, and even more so during this special exhibit that puts art in everyone's reach," Curator Steve Bowersock says. "While we always carry a broad selection of genres and styles, we pull out all the stops for this exhibit choosing a very diverse group of smaller canvases."
The exhibit features works by both emerging and mature artists and both gallery veteran and newcomer. The selection includes photo-realism, expressionist, impressionist, abstract, fantasy, representational, and surreal, most done in a distinct, singular hands. Materials include oil, acrylic, ceramic, photography, encaustic and clay. Subjects run a full range, still life, figurative, narrative, color field and city and landscapes.
"There are women who fly, candies who war, and soothing field and glade scenes," Bowersock says. "Quality is the only sure thing that connects these works."
Cindy Rizza is among the longtime stable artists taking part. Her contemporary realism will include two soft-colored beautiful nostalgic works with images of textile that hint at time and heritage. The show includes a number of Carey Armstrong's coveted, humorous toy and candy still life works.
Emma Ashby's selections includes her popular lush encaustic flowers. Jane Adams will have a number of her bold, contemporary figurative in the grouping.
A number of never before seen works by William Thomson, who died in 2015, will be in the collection. Thomson's work is found in numerous museum and university collection. A painter for decades, Thomson often worked an idea in miniature in a sketch book before taking it to the canvas. A number of these small, sketches and completed works will be for sale.
Steven Lush, whose outside scapes of boats, and cities, is a newcomer, "and an incredible addition to the stable," Bowersock says. "This work is best described as powerful, an incredible mix of Turner and a contemporary aesthetic; a very distinct look."
"We are also pleased to have Julie Beck aboard for the first time," Bowersock says. "Julie is award winning artist, who paints outstanding photo realist, a look our clients have been asking for."
David Hunter will makes his Bowersock "Smalls" debut with a number of tiny 3 by 3 inch, intricate etchings, "a blend of authentic/representational and dream." Marissa Gerard will have new works from her unique landscape line.
For the first time potter/sculptor, Susan Anderson will offer her popular calla lillies in a petite size. "This is a rare opportunity to own one of her highly sought after works at a very reasonable price."
Steve Bowersock, best known for his surreal works will offer a rare collection of landscapes along with images from his beloved goldfish surreal series.
"Steve and I have worked with the artists for months to get just the right blend for this important exhibit," Gallery Director Michael Senger says. "This is a comprehensive 'Small Works Exhibits,' a one-stop shopping experience that allows you to select a truly personal and memorable gift, the real reason behind gift giving."