Eisenhauer Gallery holds Farm Fresh show

The art of a party on Thursday nights in the courtyard of the Eisenhauer Gallery in Edgartown. — Photo by Mark Kotsopoulos

Farm Fresh is an unusual title for an art show, but that should alert gallery goers at Eisenhauer Gallery to expect something different. The Edgartown gallery, already becoming a destination for its Thursday night live music performances in the courtyard on North Water Street, is opening a show of paintings by Cheri Christensen, Jill Soukup, and Fred Calleri. The bright and bold show celebrates the joy and humor in everyday life.

Ms. Christensen’s paintings, often described as spontaneous, are inspired by the simple, everyday interaction of animals in their environment; the way that light dances across the form, the harmony of color relationships, and the shapes of light and shadow. As if illuminated from behind, the animals she paints seem to leap forward from the canvas.

Painter Jill Soukup’s work is defined by lush surfaces and an expressive style. With an eye for color and composition, her dramatic paintings have a fluid quality reflective of the nature around her as well as the boldness and craft of architectural detail.

It’s not the “farm” “but the “fresh” that inhabit the paintings of Fred Calleri. His paintings revel in the lighter side of life with luminous surfaces and saturated colors that make his paintings sparkle with wit and humor.

And at its Thursday gallery openings, the courtyard becomes a happening filled with the music of Mike Benjamin and his band, dancing, cavorting children, and gallery goers most likely to be in a mood to celebrate summer and the creative spirit.

Farm Fresh at Eisenhauer Gallery, runs through Wednesday, July 27. Eisenhauer Gallery, 38 North Water Street. 508-693-7003.