Thursday, November 6, 2008

Art for Places and Spaces

by Vic Mastis

"Art for Places and Spaces"
Through November 15, 2008
Gateway Gallery, Clayton MO

In “Art for Places and Spaces," the current exhibit at Gateway Gallery in Clayton, one artists' works in particular caught my eye: St. Louis artist Garry McMichael.

McMichael's works were presented in a grouping titled "Lil’ Passions." His works are like an air of mystery that lures you down a misty path. You can feel the winding river’s edge or the smell of a flower garden which is achieved through McMichael's adept use of a variety of media, including pastels, colored pencils, oil painting, photography, and even Polaroid transfers.

Garry McMichael. Mississippi Paddlewheeler. Polaroid Transfer.

Further enhancing the scenes he depicts, the artist presents his works in one-of-a-kind, distressed wood frames with individual finishes. His pieces create an overall feeling of unity, fitting the scene he has chosen with each unique frame.

I was impressed with how "Lil’ Passions" looked when hung in a series. Each piece helped blend the collection and it truly engaged me. There was such unity in a collection of different subject matter.

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Gateway Gallery is located at 7921 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton, MO 63105. 314/503-3880. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

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