Art blooms at members show

Published 2:25 pm Friday, July 31, 2015


By Abby Proch
Staff writer

Pastels, oil paintings, photography and more created by member artist of the Arts Center @ 319 are on display now through Aug. 22.

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The annual members’ show debuted July 10 with a reception at the Center’s gallery at 319 Main Street.

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 Everything adorning the Arts Center’s walls has been created by member artists over the last one to two years and has never been displayed before, said Director Sheila Gwaltney.

 Several recurring artists include still life oil painter Germaine Curry, who is known locally for classic renderings of fruit bowls and flowers.

 This spring, her painting of daffodils springing up from the Moore family’s yard on South Church Street was selected as the iconic image for the 2015 Daffodil Festival in Gloucester, said Gwaltney.

 Other creations from regular contributors include HDR photography by Gary Hess and painting on glass by Robert Robertson, as well as works by up-and-coming artists and seasoned artists new to the area.

 The Arts Center offers memberships for $35 each year ($15 for college students).

 Membership affords many benefits, including the ability to enter the members’ show.

 Members also receive a 10 percent discount in the gallery’s gift shop, featuring all local artists; an e-newsletter detailing upcoming classes, workshops, exhibits and special events; and the ability to submit work for the monthly jury to sell items in the gift shop.

 The Arts Center features a gift shop, classes and a glimpse into the workshops of nine resident artists, who work in various mediums including watercolors, oil paints, acrylic paints and fabric.

 The Arts Center is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.{/mprestriction}