I don't really remember why they call it the Dog Days of Summer, but in the past, August has consistently been a slow month, so we have tried to have fun with it from our "Who let the Dogs Out" exhibits of the past to a variety of other August and Summer inspired themes.
This year with "No Rhyme or Reason" we would like to include in a group exhibit, two new artists to the gallery, Dimitriy Gritshenko and Shelley Stroevie and share a couple of works by them to get your approval for future exhibits as well as a few new and past works by Brad Caplis, Jin Chen and Lori-ann Latremouille.
Shelley Stroeve isn't a new artist by any means, but still is an emerging artist and has sold a lot of work in the Northwest and across Washington State. Her abstract images have a very general appeal to a large section of the population.
Through exploration of texture, depth and color, Shelley creates art that is at once transcendental and yet almost tangible. Her work encourages revolutionary thinking, contemplation of humanity and realization of how connections both physical and spiritual manifest our identity.
Her ingenuity is inspired by the fluidity of the Post-Impressionist Romanticism Movement, the dream like quality of Surrealism and all music that evokes passion and intense emotion, resulting in a diverse visual cadence that ranges from the subtle nuances of Fredrick Chopin to the intensity of Disturbs rendition of The Sound of Silence.
Shelley works with a wide variety of textual mediums and different types of paints including; oil, acrylic and watercolor dyes on canvas or artist panel with a scale ranging from 8 'x 8" to 6' x 4'. Many of her pieces are covered in epoxy resin.
Shelley studied Art History at the University of Washington, volunteered as an art docent for the Issaquah School District, raised two beautiful children and currently resides in Issaquah with her life partner Eric Lennier. Shelley lives a multifaceted life with exuberant passion for health and her family that spans five generations. She is an adventurer who has traveled to many interesting places including Brazil, Argentina and Turkey. She loves the water and is an avid wake surfer who enjoys the irony of being a young grandmother who is still carded on occasion.
Most days you can find Shelley doing what she loves, flinging paint, at her spacious art studio where she and Eric have designed a dust free clean room for resin application.
Dimitriy Gritsenko was born in Seattle and grew up in Everett, the home town of one of Washington's most famous artists, Chuck Close.
After finishing public school, Dimitriy moved to San Francisco to study at the well-known Art Academy University of San Francisco.
It was in San Francisco that he developed his interest in the medium of oil and painting on canvas and linen. While he loves to paint the beauty of God's creation and his genres vary, he is currently focusing on the subject matter on cityscapes. San Francisco was a fantastic location to embrace his interest in cityscapes and the 24/7 life that keeps that city so electric. Seattle now provides a great backdrop for his newest works.
Working with a variety of tools to apply the paint, Dimitriy paints with passion, energy and confidence easily visible in his work and all the while finding the gritty life of the city as the perfect subject.
A local Seattle favorite subject is Pike Place Market with its often wet and reflective pavement, neon lights burning through the mist and bustling shoppers hustling to avoid the rain that embraces the Seattle lifestyle and upbeat culture.