The Sweet Art Gallery is kicking off its summer series with Summer Jamboree on Friday, June 28. The exhibition presents new work by the gallery’s three most colorful, fun and explosive artists, Madelon Gorsky, Sharon Erbe and Dede Sweet, who paints under the pseudonym of MAC.
Madelon Gorsky is a mixed media artist whose colorful contemporary works conjure comparisons to Paul Cezanne. No, Gorsky is not really a post-impressionist style painter. However, like Cezanne, this modernist is willing in her compositions to bend, reshape and even distort her subjects in an ongoing effort to create depth and perspective without sacrificing the purity and brightness of her colors. On the other hand, figurative works like those in her Beach Series contain very un-Cezanne-like elements of humor, whimsy and lightheartedness.
“As an artist, I take my work extremely serious,” states Gorsky, who doesn’t take herself seriously at all. “I focus my creative energy with bold, colorful acrylic paint with a hint of mixed media and canvas. I don’t follow any true style when it comes to defining my work. I paint what feels good in the moment sometimes combined with a little whimsy and stirred with a bit of humor. My goal is to share a bit of laughter and bring a smile to the eye of the viewer.”
If Gorsky conjures Cezanne, Erbe channels an inner Gauguin, although she’ll say her work is influenced more by van Gogh and Matisse. Like Gauguin, Erbe strives to enter into the spirit of her subjects, who are typically saucy women with attitude culled from Caribbean, South American and African cultures. And like Gauguin, she does not shrink from using large patches of strong pigment that defy the rules of complimentary colors taught in art schools. As a result, her oil paintings possess a companionable simplicity, directness and unspoilt intensity.
“I feel that my true nature expresses itself in my art – being in the moment,” Erbe explains. “I try to capture an essence of humor and dignity as a statement about the indomitable human spirit. My paintings reflect a lifetime love of music, dance, and theatrical flamboyant affinity.”
Dede Sweet paints in memory of her husband, David Sweet, who valiantly battled Cholangio Carcinoma, a rare cancer. She uses her studio work as a source of inner strength and resolution. “I have a passion for art. I like to experiment with light and color,” she says. “I always see plenty of room for exploration. My art has been for me an emotional yet exciting journey.”
The exhibition opens with a reception from 6-8 p.m. on June 28 and will remain on display through July 24. The Sweet Art Gallery is located at 2054 Trade Center Way, ensconced in a neighborhood populated by building contractors, interior design studios, lighting fixture showrooms and granite & marble fabricators that is home to nearly 30 galleries and working artists’ studios. The Sweet Gallery is the oldest and largest. In fact, it’s one of the largest in town.
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