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Summer Sizzle
Charlie Barr and Don Dahlke - New Paintings and Prints with Additional Gallery Inventory
Charlie Barr
August 13, 2008 - September 7, 2008
6:00 p.m - 9:00 p.m.

The Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery is pleased to introduce Seattle painter, Charlie Barr and Oregon native, Don Dahlke.

Charlie Barr is a Seattle painter whose paintings are meant to set a mood or evoke emotion and his new landscapes, painted in both oil and acrylic do just that.

In these new landscapes, Barr appreciates the timelessness and tradition of oil as a medium and explores it as a welcome departure from the technology that has become a part of our daily lives. Strong composition holds the viewers interest and every inch of the canvas has movement without sacrificing the overall composition.

Dahlke's painting style of capturing the romance and lazy days of the Caribbean can be found in his trademark of island shadows. Absent palm trees cast darkened and playful shapes upon a cottage wall as dimly lit interiors beckon a closer inspection. As you enter the house from an open window or door you discover a book or some other articles left behind momentarily adding a very human element, yet absent of any figure. Directly ahead is often the back porch window where a sun-drenched ocean is revealed provoking a warm and calming experience.

Those human details within each image are often objects of significance to Dahlke's life through the years. The stories of which we can only imagine.

Additional works this month are the extended exhibit of Bill Braun's Trompe L'Oeil paintings of incredible deception and a variety of additional works from the Gallery's inventory.