Watson MacRae Gallery to unveil new monthly exhibit
Showcasing the work of five artists, the Watson MacRae Gallery on Sanibel will host an opening reception next week for the next exhibit in its 12th season and the art is something unique.
Running into early January, the exhibit “Art and Craft” will feature the work of painters Ginnie Cappaert and Lorraine Glessner and textile weaver Maia Tsinamdzgvrishvili, along with Jill Solomon and Mark Knott. Open to the community, the reception will be held on Dec. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m.
“It’s a very diverse show of high-quality unusual work that has a lot of soul to it,” gallery owner Maureen Watson said. “What I’m showing is art and craft that you don’t normally see.”
The exhibit will present a lively combination of paintings, textiles and ceramics from artists who are both new to the gallery and returning favorites, plus surprises of work in glass and paper mache.
“I wanted to show the diversity of what artists are doing in the arena of art and craft,” she said, explaining that the artists rely on new or different mediums or materials to create their art.
Watson added that many of the pieces are smaller and perfect for gift giving.
Originally from Wisconsin, Cappaert and her oil-encaustic on paper artwork caught Watson’s eye during a trip out west to Santa Fe. Her paintings are vibrant and small, usually 8-by-10 pieces.
“They’re like little gems of color that invoke a far-off landscape,” Watson said.
“She calls them ‘Color Snaps,'” she added.
Based out of Philadelphia, Glessner exhibited at the gallery last year. Watson explained that her work currently is focused on creating oil on plexiglas, but some of her encaustic pieces also will be available.
“It gives a whole different feel and flow that is very sensuous,” Watson said of her current work.
She added that Glessner produces smaller pieces as well, typically about 10-by-12 in size.
“She travels the world and gives workshops and talks about her techniques,” Watson said.
From the Republic of Georgia, Tsinamdzgvrishvili is a national award winner within her medium.
“She’s known in the textile arena for her extremely varied use of silk,” she said. “People might remember Maia from her wonderful show at BIG ARTS maybe five years ago.”
Watson added that she has been showing Tsinamdzgvrishvili’s pieces at her gallery since.
“There is a thought and composition to her work, it’s just not a decorative display,” she said, explaining that Tsinamdzgvrishvili creates her own materials to work with. “Everything is made from raw silk.”
In addition to the wall artists, the exhibit will showcase creations by Solomon and Knott.
Originally from Britain but now residing in Massachusetts, Solomon will be showing at the Sanibel gallery for the first time – as is Cappaert. Her medium is focused on sagger-fired clay vessels.
“Jill’s work is really calm smooth surfaces that let the form take center stage,” Watson said.
Based out of Suwanee, Georgia, Knott creates wheel-thrown and soda-fired ceramic pots or vessels. She explained that ever since she discovered Knott’s work, she has been carrying it in the gallery.
“I love large jars. But what I think I love about his work, what sets it apart, is the color,” Watson said. “They have wonderful color. They’re beautiful, almost joyful, because of the colors he uses.”
She noted that Knott was a painter first.
The exhibit will run from the opening reception through Jan. 11.
The public is invited to come out for the unveiling.
“This is art that you will not see everywhere, even in your hometown. It’s fantastic how they’ve done some of the work. It’s monumental,” she said. “It invokes wonder at how these artists can do what they do.”
For more information, call 239-472-3386.
The Watson MacRae Gallery is at 2340 Periwinkle Way, Suite G1.