Monday, January 10, 2011

Love, Lust & Desire III

McGowan Fine Art announces the opening of “Love, Lust & Desire” featuring the works of over 60 different artists. The show will run from January 25 to February 12, with a reception on January 28 from 5 to 7 PM. There is a snow date of February 4.

February is a month that inspires the romantic in all of us- but are you tired of giving the same old box of candy or vase of flowers? In celebration of Valentine’s Day, McGowan Fine Art presents “Love Lust & Desire,” a group show of over 60 artists. The majority of these artworks will be smaller than a sheet of paper, with prices between $25- $300- perfect for framing and presenting to your sweetheart. Or make it a date and pick out a valentine for each other. With such a big theme a lot of surprises are to be expected. And the reception is the perfect opportunity to meet the artist who has created your Valentine.

The artists’ submissions from this show are as varied as the artists themselves. This year promises a number of jewelers running the gamut from beading to metal to paper. Lisa Hall’s work is rich with weaving and pattern and harkens back to the glamour of the 1920’s. Mary Ann McNicholas makes funky drawings of legs and shoes sandwiched between glass to create a colorful necklace. The elaborate coiled and beaded bracelets of Claire Larabbe would be dramatic touches for a simple outfit for your Valentine.

Many artists turn toward animals for inspiration. Jane O’Hara’s touching portraits inspire tenderness in the viewer. “Hip Hop” and “Howl” feature beautifully rendered animals on a blank background. Ann Eldridge’s simple line drawings illustrate some of the more humorous aspects of relationships such as in “His Young Dog Tried To Fill the Space My Old Dog Filled.” Deb Kinson’s paintings combine objects such as twigs and pearls alongside exquisitely painted songbirds.

There are also many more traditional landscape and still life paintings speaking to everyone’s love of nature and the natural. Jamie Bowman’s elegant still life “Bowl and Figs” displays a nuanced palette of whites, grays and plum. The florals of Jan Roy are a counterpoint with their vibrant jewel tones and simple compositions.
This is a show that will amuse and amaze. So bring your Valentine in for the gift of beauty.
This exhibit will be on display at McGowan Fine Art at 10 Hills Avenue in Concord, NH. Please call Sarah Chaffee at 603-225-2515 for more information or visit our website at, or contact at Hours: T-F 10-6, and Sat 10-2 and by appointment.