UPCOMING EVENTS AND EXHIBITIONS
To celebrate our best year since we opened in 1997, we are delighted to announce our annual Holiday Party on November 23rd from 5:30 to 7:30. Fittingly, we are very pleased to report that Sarah Lamb, an original Grenning Gallery artist from our early days, is returning after many years of exclusive representation in New York City. Lamb’s ten new works are the cornerstone to a rich and deep show of fine paintings, all of which offer the buyer a one of kind gift for their special person. This group show will also feature new work by Joe Altwer, Daniel Graves, Greg Horwich, Michael Kotasek, Kevin McEvoy, Kevin Sanders and introduce local artist Maryann Lucas.
From the umbrella dotted shores of Long Beach to the sunlit fields of Bridgehampton, the stunning landscapes that characterize Long Island’s East End are deep rooted in artistic history. With beauty around every corner, it is no wonder artists have taken residency in this area for generations. Such is true for many of the Grenning Gallery’s artists, who have made Sag Harbor their summer destination for years. Converging in this prized location annually, these artists have not only established a powerful community of creators but have also produced works that spark fresh appreciation for the glorious East End landscape. This show will feature the work of Ramiro, Ben Fensek, Leo Mancini-Hresko, Melissa Franklin-Sanchez and Nelson White.
Marc Dalessio’s solo show this summer is full of life, light and love. This wonderful plein air painter is back to travelling the globe with his painting box. This exhibit has works from recent trips to Sweden, Switzerland, Ireland, as well as Italy, and his original home of California. “The Terrace in Dubrovnik” the anchor painting of the show, measuring 47 x 59 inches, is a large-scale virtuosic plein air painting. It depicts a shaded porch, with bright light pressing in on the comfortable subjects, a woman at the table and the dog sleeping at her feet. The variety of lavenders and blues in the shaded walkway, as well as the soft light filtering through the many greens that overhang them is spectacular in its subtlety. Bright dashes of light punctuate the sweet coolness of the shade, with the values and colors perfectly capturing the scene for many generations of viewers to come. Those of us who have followed Dalessio’s life and paintings understand the significance of the peace and harmony that is conveyed in this lyrical painting of his new bride and their dog.
Another major work in this show is the “Evening on Lago Maggiore” which ostensibly is a painting of moored sailboats on this famous lake in Italy. Upon inspection, it’s actually Dalessio’s deep look at that day’s infinite play of light and color between the sky and the water. Tiepolo’s palette of pale pastels blend down into the Prussian blue’s found in the foreground, and this delicate duality of high and low key color is stapled together by the vertical masts of the various boats.
“Sunset, La Torricella” is another major work in this exhibit, influenced heavily by the tonalist tradition. Dalessio limits the foreground to a narrow range of dark and cool colors so as to highlight the waning warmth of the early evening sky. The simplicity of the ridgeline composition, with a faint pathway by the quiet vineyard, one can almost smell the approaching night.
The rest of the show was difficult to curate due to the plethora of excellent oil sketches from Dalessio’s travels. “Path in Maksimir” brings to life a wooded path and “Last Light, Rattvik” demonstrates his excellent draftsmanship. His choices of painting nature’s grandeur as in “Hardanger Fjord”, and everyday life in “Café on the Riddarholmen” show us Dalessio’s keen eye for beauty and truth.
Ben Fenske's new work is quietly powerful. With his intriguing interiors and the proliferation of figurative work....we follow his eyes...and we see a sharper focus on the figure, and a closer look at how that person is relating to her surroundings.
The most interesting painting is “Florence, Shade,” as we feel the weight of the slumbering figure, yet through color and brushstrokes she seems almost merged with her shady spot. As a testament to the subtlety of this major work, only after looking at the painting several times, does one find the dog sleeping next to her. The shadows giving way to the field and a building in the distance, creates a profundity that only emerges when one steps back, as the abstract brush strokes mesmerize the viewer up close.
Fenske's interiors, whether they are empty rooms, or include a figure, now evoke a new psychological energy, on top of his already brilliant study of light effects. “Studio Table,” with its Fellini-esque foreshortening and multiple light sources, shows us an artist's painting box on a table next to a bottle of wine. The single chair askew adds to the sense that something just happened here. “Bea Reading” has the looseness of a sketch, but a rock solid clarity of exactly which details need to be retained. Inside this whirlwind of painting strokes, sits a young girl reading a book, her profile perfectly outlined by the light streaming in from behind. As in reality, our eyes do not need any other lines to bring us to the same poignant observation that motivated Fenske to make this painting. “Jess, Berta” is an even more complex success as it captures light flowing through a furniture filled room, warming the two beings that inhabit the space and striking the mirrored table, leaving a perfect blue strip in its wake.
Also in this show, we see works from his painting forays to Wellington, Florida and Catalina Island in California. “Wellington, Late Afternoon” is a wonderful plein air landscape, portraying this very particular scene, complete with an equestrian walking her horse down a white shell path, along a canal.