Galleries : An artful stroll around town
"The Edgartown Gallery stroll is not just about the art," gallery owner Elizabeth Eisenhauer says, "It's a night for the community to come together."
Her words capture the ambience of last Thursday evening, when from 6 to 8 pm, eight participating galleries displayed the breadth of art available in Edgartown - along with wine, music, and friendly faces. Despite untimely rain clouds, warmth and excitement was tangible among both gallery owners and visitors.
This is the third year The Gallery Stroll was lead by the Eisenhauer Gallery, which featured the work of four landscape artists, each with a different approach. Island native Max Decker's talent for fusing impressionistic and realist principles have gained him notoriety on and off the Island. His moderately sized paintings accompany Eric Abrecht's larger, also impressionistic landscapes, while across the room John MacGowan's large and vibrant seascapes hang adjacent to Al Barker's classic outdoor scenes.
The North Water Gallery features three artists with very distinct themes. Ken Otsuka's photorealist depictions of beach shores reveal an appreciation for both the subject and its medium. The paintings of M. Katherine Hurley exhibit a fascination with color through its depiction of natural light. Across the room hang George Bramhall's small oil beach scenes.
The Christina Gallery with its classic aura currently features John Traynor's sailing and beach scenes. Down the street, Carlin Fine Art challenges every gallery norm, where in a small and fragrant room it juxtaposes silk-shaded, hand-blown glass lamps with large-scale giclees.
Willoughby Fine Art on North Water St. couples the work of proven favorites, mother Elizabeth Wadleigh Leary, whose monochromatic paintings in the Wyeth tradition are moody and representational, and multi-talented daughter Elizabeth Leary Strazzulla, whose modestly-sized bronze sculptures feature horses, dogs, and birds.
Debra Gaines Fine Art is home to the owner's Vineyard photography and her husband's pastels.