Dan Marantz and Gale Loch Present Observations from the Road
A gypsy’s ribbon, a lonely journey, a means of escape, an adventure into the future; like so many of our common experiences, the road ahead can be many things, depending on what is in your heart and how well you have honed your “street smarts". Tourists, vagabonds, seekers, loners and anyone else on a physical, spiritual or artistic odyssey are invited to celebrate the journey at the opening of “Street Smart” - Observations from the Road, Friday, April 3, 5-8 PM at the Artists' Cooperative Gallery of Westerly.
On the first Friday in April, the gallery's featured artists, Dan Marantz and Gale Loch, will present unique perspectives on the gifts and challenges of their artistic wanderings.
With tools and a lathe, Dan Marantz expresses explorations on the road by transforming wood into various forms of functional and sculptural works of art. He has been working with wood his entire life and turning wood for 5 years. Dan’s mantra when beginning a new piece is “Created by God, crafted by Dan”. He believes the beauty of the wood, the figuring and the shape determine what each piece will eventually become. Working with exotic woods, local hardwoods, reclaimed materials from local Westerly buildings and just about any wood that he can find, Dan produces a large variety of pieces. This show will highlight his work from the beginning to where he is now.
Gale Loch paints the path of her journey with paper and ink. Through the lovely and spontaneous art of Oriental Brush painting, Gale relates stories of the natural world: animals, birds, fish, flowers, insects, all expressed in her crisp, clean, calligraphic style. Gale, a Connecticut artist, has studied with masters of Chinese Brush Painting in Connecticut, Florida and Virginia since 1987. She has received numerous awards including first place in the Oriental Brush Artist Guild's Florida and the Marion Tetlow Award, Best Work of Art by a Local Artist in Mystic, CT. “Street Smart”-Observations from the Road runs from April 1-April 24.
The Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly is located at 7 Canal Street in downtown Westerly, RI. The Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday 11AM to 7PM and Sunday, 1-5PM. Please call 401-596-2221 or visit www.westerlyarts.com, Twitter, or our Face Book page for information about the show, ACGOW and its artists.
Featured Artists: Dan Marantz and Gale Loch