Saturday, February 11, 2017

Expanding Tradition at Grenning Gallery

I recently attended the opening of Expanding Tradition: The Journey of the African-American Artist at Grenning Gallery.  Gallerist Laura Grenning was inspired by and collaborated with local author Andreé Michelle to curate this show. Michelle's new book Escape Under Cover - The Ola Mae Story is being launched this month. Grenning will host a book signing at the gallery for MiChelle on February 18. 
The Gallery was filled with fans, friends and all seven of the artists. 
Elegy for Ethan by Jas Knight
oil on linen, 28" x 42"
Doppelganger by Irvin Rodriguez
oil on linen, 20" x 20"
Study for Woman's Back Homage by Jas Knight
oil, 12" x 8"
I stopped by earlier in the day to enjoy each work at my leisure. The enthusiasm of the Grenning Girls brought me back that evening with the lure of meeting the artists that created this amazing body of work.
The Mansion by Mario Robinson
Watercolor, 22" x 30"
Mirror Imaged by Roger Beckles
oil on canvas, 22" x 22"

I was honored to meet artist George Morton at the opening. His beautiful charcoal portrait is used on the exhibition's invitation. Go here to the gallery site to read Morton's inspiring story as well as the stories of all of the talented artists featured in this show.
Artist, George Morton
Mars by George Morton
Charcoal, 24" x 19"
Adam and Eve in Brooklyn by James Hoston
oil, 40" x 60"
Embrace(Study) by Philip Smallwood
Watercolor 20 3/4" x 14"
A Clean Slate, Ode to Private Gordon by Irvin Rodriguez
oil on linen, 32" x 24"

The show is up until March, but if you visit the gallery to attend the book signing next weekend you may find yourself meeting an artist or two there as well.  Go here for more information.

Artists
17 Washington Street ( P.O. Box 3049 )
Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Phone: (631) 725-8469
Fax: (631) 725-8467

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