Dream Worlds opens with an artists' reception, July 3, 7 to 9 p.m. and runs through July, 14th

Dream Worlds the latest exhibit, which will feature the work of Trent Manning an outsider sculptor and Steve Bowersock, surreal painter.Trent Manning is an exciting, new addition to the Gallery.

Steve Bowersock Trent Manning

Manning's work is refined outsider, sculpture/mixed media/assemblage composed of found objects, wood, metal - whatever catches his imagination - along with his original sculpture. The recognizable found objects used to create the imaginative works are lost to the fascinating figures and stories they form.

Trent says it better than anyone. The art is derived of his personally, a 'somewhat disillusioned cynic, with an odd sense of humor, who clings tightly to his inner child. He draws from children's toys, an offbeat sense of humor, bringing to life fantastical work that is slightly eerie, macabre even at times, and often funny."

Bowersock continues to explore the representational surreal mindset, a tripping of the mind from the natural to the personal; a dream scape.

"My work is about what lies beyond our comprehension, like a hidden heart beat that nature and everything around us, the common thread and its many forms," Bowersock says.  "It's about tapping into your imagination, tapping into a feeling. They often come to mean something more both as I work on them and later ponder them, and that's what I hope for the viewer – an ongoing exploration."

Bowersock's latest series is about storytelling and personal exploration that is connected to the bigger picture "all things."

The show is about the unordinary, about places that fascinate but we to often hesitate to go.

 

"The Promise of Summer" Exhibition;opens Friday, June 19th from 7 to 9pm

Bowersock Gallery is adding four new, diverse artists this year, with the promise of a few more by season's end. In addition a number of stable artists will exhibit new series and one of the gallery's most popular longtime artist will change her focus.
 

William Thomson Patrick McCay Helene Bess
   
    Darlou Gams

Our year will end with a special exhibit of William Thomson's work. Thomson was a long time gallery collaborator and friend, who past away in 2014. Thomson was internationally renowned artist and prolific painter. His work is in a number of museum and university collections. His work reflects a man of insight, who unflinching chronicled the world around him, as seen by this a complex character.

 
NEW ARTISTS
 
Patrick McCay: an Irish born Scottish/American painter and Dean of Academic Affairs at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, is an award-winning artist who exhibits internationally. McCay's quirky visions combine abstract and figurative elements that demonstrate a love and mastery of color and composition.
 
Helene Bess: creates Found Object sculpture, a mix of steampunk, avant-garde and tramp art. Metals, beads, screws, paint - whatever takes her fancy - is mixed up to reemerge as creatures, characters and habitats born of a her wild imagination.
 
Trent Manning: is another outsider artist. His imaginary world is comprised  of fantastical, slightly eerie/macabre, or humorous inhabitants fashioned out original sculpture/faces and bits and bobs - wood, dowels, rusted objects, twisted wire and the like.
 
Debbie Kinson: creates luminous, refined images of birds in stylized settings that hint at Japanese aesthetic  to illustrate ideas of inner spirits and landscapes.
 
CHANGING DIRECTION
There are changes coming from a number of the gallery's longtime artist, but one in particular.
 
Darlou Gams, one of the gallery's most popular artist regularly exhibits dreamy tonal landscapes, but this year she returns to her earlier love of portraiture. As it is with her landscapes, the portraits demonstrate a play with color  - the tonal, quiet hues against a shock of color that gives the work a startling sense of life.

"Icon" opens with an artists' reception, Friday, July 17, 7 to 9 p.m.

"Icon," will feature the works of Patrick McCay and Christopher Volpe, two painters who take the viewer outside, for an inside look. Both artists draw from exterior environments, but focus on essence.
 

Chris Volpe Patrick McCay


This is an exciting exhibit, of two outstanding painters. It not only introduces Patrick, a mature, accomplished painter who we're thrilled joins us this season, but it also will include new works by Chris, one of our most sought after painters, which he will paint plein-air throughout Provincetown and Truro the week before the show."
Volpe will paint a new work daily leading up to the exhibit while teaching in the area. He'll capture regional beauty, our beaches, skies, marshes and streets.All the 'wet paint' pieces are part of the exhibit.

Volpe's "Icon" collection will also include studio.

"My current work is coming out of my spontaneous reactions to experiences and things in the world," Volpe says. "I'm trying for a personal interpretation rather than a replication of objects. It's not about abstract vs. representational, because I think we're at a time where everything is both at once anyway. I just want to be honest and to find my own language with the paint."

"Icon" marks McCay's first exhibition with Bowersock. McCay, an Irish born Scottish/American painter and Dean of Academic Affairs at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, is an award-winning artist who exhibits internationally. McCay's work combines abstract and figurative elements, which demonstrates a love of color and composition.

His inaugural Bowersock exhibit will feature works from "Glimpse," an ongoing series which "re-visits and expressively 're-state' the visual hallmarks and icons that dominate and pepper the New England landscape," McCay says. "This series began with a question.  Can the iconographic cliché (any longer) be explored and creatively exploited to find and express the visual dignity of the 'unknown' for that which is all too well known."

The works are editorialized revelations on the cursory glance, the blur and visual surprise that almost always accompanies the quick take on any subject matter, he says. "I attempt to build a narrative that balances the essence of my focus with a theatricality and spontaneity that hopefully 'finds' something a tad more unique than the everyday landscape scene and scenario before me."

Both artists draw from the natural world, each feeding it back as a unique vision with distinct stroke and marking. Both are pointedly thoughtful, exploring more than the surface of their subject, which promises an interesting reception.

This is a great opportunity to see fresh, individual work. Better yet, it's an opportunity to have a conversation with artists with intent.

"The Preface; a salon style exhibition" opens Friday, May 22nd, from 7 to 9 p.m runs through June 24th

 "The Preface" a salon style exhibition featuring a diverse collection of works by its stable and the introduction of two new artists.

Steve Bowersock Patrick McCay Helen Bess


The two Bowersock "newcomers" are mature career artists who have developed strong voices. Helen Bess creates assemblage/sculpture that puts a personal, contemporary twist on tramp art. The work of Patrick McCay, an Irish born Scottish/American painter, combines abstract and figurative elements, which demonstrates his love of color and composition.

Also featured, new works by surreal artist Steve Bowersock, an outstanding collection of Todd Bonita's sought-after boats (rare large canvas works), and new collection by Christopher Volpe.

Bowersock exhibits works by more than three dozen outstanding regional and international fine art and craft artists working in myriad medium including bronze, metals, oil, acrylic, clay, mache, encaustic, textile, pastel, mixed media, photography and print making.

WILLIAM THOMSON (March 16, 1931 - October 9, 2014)


His work runs the gambit: landscapes, cityscapes, interior and figurative works, in either acrylic, encaustic, egg tempera, oil or watercolor, most often in warm, rich, earth tones.

There is a power in his works which defies definition. Each, even the most abstract, is imbued with such a strong sense of emotion that it’s impossible not to feel moved. Bill works in all kinds of mediums from acrylic, encaustic, egg tempera, oil to watercolor but somehow they all tie together producing an amazing image. The discovery of how mediums operate, individually or in combination, is what drives this artist.

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