In addition to a group show in January that’s all about texture and the use of natural elements to create unique compositions and the return of magical realist Kevin Sloan, Naples’ Gardner Colby Gallery will feature in 2012 plein air impressionist extraordinaire Frank Corso, seascape realist Edward Minoff and figurative realist Aaron Westerberg.
On February 23, Frank Corso brings southwest Florida “Twilight and Moonlight.” Corso is a plein air impressionist who eschews the use of photographs in any way, shape or form. He rows a specially-rigged kayak deep into the Everglades in order to paint luminous sunsets and beguiling nightscapes on location. Corso has not only established himself over the course of his career as the “preeminent interpreter of the Florida landscape,” but Gardner Colby owner Nancy Winch firmly believes his name will be included one day on a list of “the greatest landscape painters of the 20th and 21st centuries.” With this new solo exhibition, Corso explores the mysteries, drama and ethereal beauty of evening light.
On March 15, Gardner Colby presents “Contemporary Realism,” a two-man show featuring Edward Minoff and Aaron Westerberg. Edward Minoff is a highly alented seascape realist who has been twice featured in American Art Collector magazine (most recently the May 2011 edition (vol. 67)). A product of Jacob Collins’ Water Street atelier and co-founder with Collins (widely considered the dean of American realism) of the Hudson River Fellowship, Minoff employs the the uncommon ideals and landscape techniques of the famed Hudson River School of artists to create mesmerizing oceanscapes that capture the sea’s power, expansiveness and alluring beauty, whether viewed under the sun’s first rays, afternoon radiance, or the pale glow of a full moon.
One reviewer of Aaron Westerberg‘s works characterizes them as “visual poetry [created] with timeless figurative scenes.” Westerberg embraces that concept, aspiring to project a great deal of meaning and impact with a studied modicum of imagery and brushstrokes. Although only 36, the artist has already developed the requisite level of technical and perceptual acumen needed in order to depict character nuances in charcoal or paint. Westerberg delights in the process of “bringing soul” to an image, and like Sargent, he works assiduously to capture his muse’s personality in paint. Likening his art to his favorite genre of music, Westerberg reveals that he likes his paintings to be “subtle, big and brooding, like a blues riff: really simple but powerful.”
Gardner Colby Gallery has two locations straddling Gallery Row. Gardner Colby I is located on the south side of the street at 386 Broad Avenue South, next to Premier Sotheby’s International Realty. It is readily identified both by a mango orange canopy supported by two slender white columns and by metal sculptor Tim Brown’s cadmium yellow Female Hornblower, who seems to herald the arrival of each new guest entering the gallery.
Gardner Colby Gallery II is located across the street at 365 Broad Avenue South. There, Hornblower’s musical counterpart, Tim Brown’s fire engine red Guitar Player, greets visitors and sets the tone as they climb the four concrete steps leading to the gallery’s front door.