Saturday, January 31, 2009

Michael Meleck

The Andrews Gallery is excited about the latest addition to our artists, and our first emerging photographer/mixed media artist. Currently living in Los Angeles, California, Michael Meleck is a man of many talents, and has an eye for catching some of the most striking compositions and colors that I have ever seen from a contemporary photographer. We are proud to add Mike to our ranks.

His latest series is a visual investigation of an abandoned factory on the Hudson River in Yonkers, NY [allegedly where DMX, a Yonkers native, goes to fire his assault rifles]. What I like about these photos is that, to me, they are paintings. I see them as abstractions, focusing on color and composition, line and form. In fact, I'd say Mike pays as much attention to the nuance and consequence of form as any good painter, abstract or otherwise (See, for one example, the barrels in the first image of this post).

You can view the photos here, and we will be updating that link to include the entire series, so check back soon.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Saturday February 7, 7:00pm @ The Andrews Gallery - Postcards and Paper Dolls, New Collage Paintings by Susan Snyder

Reception? Opening? Party? Call it what you want, just be there...

We are ever so pleased to be hosting our February Featured Artist Susan Snyder at The Andrews Gallery on Saturday, February 7th. The event starts at 7:00pm and, well, I'll let you decide when it ends.

Susan - or Susie to those who know her well - is exhibiting a brand new series of never-before-seen collage paintings. In these paintings it has been said that she:

artfully weaves the vibrant palette, diverse materials, and seemingly haphazard compositions of the Mexican aesthetic into the sleek abstractions that have defined her corpus for over two decades. Incorporating a collage component of kitsch cut outs, these paintings contrast the jocoseness of Mexican markets and vintage street fairs with a rather serious meditations on abstract form. In a few pieces, Snyder even goes so far as to uses chips from the 200-year-old walls in her studio to compose maps of Mexico. While each viewer may take something different away from looking at these paintings, the curious playfulness they evoke is sure to be universal."

and I couldn't agree more.

Get a full preview of the show on our website.

SO, whats the moral of the story? Come to the party. Enjoy the cheer [i.e. the free drinks]. Meet the artist. And most importantly, leave with a painting. You'll feel good about it when you wake up the next morning, and so will I.

The 2009 Arts Alive Banner Auction is taking place at 2:00pm on the same day as our reception for Postcards and Paper Dolls [the reception is at 7:00pm so there is no excuse for not coming to both ya hear?!]. Hats off to Danny Salzhandler who has worked his heart out for the banner project, which raises money as well as awareness for North County San Diego's visual art scene. I think the show is in its 10th year, and if I'm not mistaken, Danny is looking to pass the torch so anyone who is interested in taking on this noble task, speak now. I can put you in touch with Danny.

On top of being a community event that bolsters the arts in our area, another reason why the Arts Alive Banner Auction is so pertinent to the Gallery this year is that not only did I [drew] do a banner, but so did our November 2008 Featured Artist Ana Clark. I haven't seen her banner yet, but I have a feeling it is a big beautiful nude. I am told that these banners are auctioned off starting at $150.00 which is an amazing value, especially considering they are seven feet tall. And they go to a good cause so go to the event and show your support for Danny, Ana, the gallery, and most of all, the North County Coastal Artist Community.

Oh and I just forgot...another reason why this is even more pertinent to The Andrews Gallery is that our landlady Parvaneh has a banner in the auction as well. Our roots run thick and we've only been here for 6 months. Imagine......

Thursday, January 15, 2009

2009 here.

Ben Groff's exhibit is approaching its last week, and we want to thank the artist and all of those who have supported the show. All of the paintings can be seen here on our website. We look forward with great pleasure to bearing witness to Groff's future development as a wonderful and serious painter.

We are beginning to turn towards February's Featured Artist Susan Snyder, and her exhibit Postcards and Paper Dolls, New Collage Paintings. This show will open at the beginning of the month, and we will have a reception for the artist on Saturday, February 7th @ 7:00pm. At the Gallery, as always. Mark your calendars.

Here, a little sneak preview of Post Cards and Paper Dolls:

...and a glimpse of Snyder at work in her studio

Be sure to come get a look of this new show, which promises the refreshing intrigue of a curiously delightful painter. A biography and résumé for the artist as well as a press release for the exhibit are all available through the Gallery. Please inquire.

Happy New Year to all, let it be one of stimulation on all accounts.