Sculpture Exhibit May 6-31
The end is in the beginning, yet you go on.
Little Feat musician Bill Payne art exhibit
Bill Payne, Jim Lauderdale and Billy Thompson
ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND March 23, 2016 -- Bill Payne enjoyed the company of guests and friends at his late night art reception following his March 23 Rams Head show. Not only is he one of rock’s most talented keyboardists and songwriters, Little Feat's co-founder Bill Payne is a gifted photographer. A selection of his stunning images will exhibit in the gallery throughout March.
Guns N' Roses Rock Star Steven Adler art exhibit
NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest
Black Rhinoceros stopped by the Annapolis Collection Gallery on a cold Wednesday evening to record their entry for the NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest. It's Ahren Buchheister on Guitar and Erin Snedecor on Cello. The Tiny Desk Concert series is a webcast hosted by Bob Boilen at NPR national headquarters in DC. He brings in music groups to play a 3 song set at his "Tiny Desk" in the middle of the office during everyone's lunch hour.
Black Sabbath Rock Star Bill Ward art exhibit
"...The feedback I've received from everyone about this project has been astounding... I want to thank the Annapolis Collection Gallery... I am honored that they are exhibiting my art." -- BILL WARD
Red Carpet on Gallery Row under the Super Moon
Historic Annapolis' first block of West Street celebrated its annual Gallery Row Red Carpet gala under the super moon! It was the biggest moon of the year shinning over one of Annapolis' biggest events of the year -- excluding of course the Fringe Festive, the Chocolate Binge Festival, the First Sunday Arts Festivals, the summer nights of Dining Under the Stars, the holiday Canopy of Lights, etc. etc. etc. all which have been made possible by the sole efforts of owners of historic West Street businesses.
The Annapolis Collection Gallery is devoted to six Annapolis masters who've achieved recognition for their artistic talents, here and abroad. The gallery is on the first block of historic West Street just off Church Circle.
May 6 - May 31
Endgame: Sculptures in Bronze
Burton Blistein "Captive" bronze
Endgame: Sculptures in Bronze, the title of a new exhibition by sculptor Burton Blistein on view at Annapolis Collection Gallery, is an evolving narrative of existence. This show of 13 bronze sculptures, with a few preparatory sketches, is an ambitious endeavor in a town whose patrons more often prefer images of sailboats, crabs, and “Natty Boh.” Each piece has its own voice with the push-pull tension of despair and hope, destiny and death, want and rejection, angst and determination. Beginning and end are interwoven.
The influence of mythology, anthropology, literature, and philosophy are assimilated or manipulated in one way or another in Blistein’s works. His pieces reflect the dualism of happiness and sadness, darkness and light, and life and death, perhaps identifying with Albert Camus’ ideas of the chaotic universe. Generally, sculptors have studio assistants, or a team, with which they collaborate, but Blistein works alone and that, no doubt, furthers his introspection as evidenced in “Self-Portrait II.” The anatomically proportionate head, which is separated from front to back, is encased on the sides with an open, evenly spaced grid. A varied series of wires form a cage, somewhat like a chessboard, creating a physical barrier for the viewer and, perhaps, an intellectual and emotional filter. This grid controls, not only the sculptural and physical space of the work, but also punctuates the importance of each element. There is almost a defined order, not unlike chess pieces, where every component has a distinct role to fulfill.
Blistein’s training as a sculptor was, as he himself admits, a bit serendipitous. While pursuing an undergraduate degree in liberal arts at the University of Chicago, he frequented the College’s extracurricular art studio, experimenting with painting and sculpture and picking up information from the then artist-in-residence, the late sculptor Freeman Schoolcraft. Continuing his graduate work in English literature along with his sculpture studies, Blistein received an Honorable Mention in the “Chicago Artists and Vicinity Art Exhibition.” A photo of his work included in the Chicago Sun-Times opened another unexpected door. Through the recommendation of Schoolcraft, who had taken on Blistein as an apprentice, he received a teaching position at the Layton School of Art in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After leaving Layton, Blistein served as academic faculty and artist-in-residence at Shimer College in Mt. Carroll, Illinois and as Tutor and Artist in Residence at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland. He directed the St. John’s College Art Gallery that preceded the Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s, and was the first director of the Mitchell Gallery. He supervised and greatly expanded the extracurricular studio courses offered by the College to the students and members of the Annapolis community.
Blistein’s figures are, without question, expressionistic, even if you don’t read the titles of the works. An emotional and almost physical pull is felt in the “Study for Hippolytus.” Although the artist is quoted as having “deliberately omitted horses and chariot in order to distinguish my meaning from Euripides” one cannot avoid the feeling of being tossed and tugged like Hippolytus, who was dragged to his death by his frightened chariot horses. The extension of the figure, with the stretched, interwoven, ribbon-like tentacles that float beyond the sculpture’s base, seems to depict endless taut tendons and muscles, and a reaching out in vain.
“Captive,” is a tall solitary figure with arms closely crossed behind and one leg in a slight contrapposto position. The figure is bound by strips of its own skin. The head is thrust far back, looking Heavenward. The sculpture’s rough surface, reminiscent of the works by Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti, looks like charred skin—a mixture of small protrusions, pinched and pulled, wrinkled, drawn-up spaces. The delicate legs positioned on stepped blocks, anchor the figure, but also create a feeling of vulnerability. The figure’s anguish is emphasized by the bloody strips of skin that fan out and encompass the torso, confining it.
The title of this exhibition reflects the subject matter of Blistein’s sculptures, all of which deal with the limitations inseparable from the human condition. His sculptures form a continuous series in which the images interrelate, each piece amplifying the meaning of the others. Like the role of the powerful king in the endgame of chess, Blistein emerges as a strong visual voice depicting man’s complicated existence.
Endgame: Sculptures in Bronze is on view May 6 through May 31, 2016
June 1 - July 4
On Gallery Row
Jeff Huntington is an Annapolis artist whose career takes him all over the world. The Annapolis Collection Gallery is thrilled to exhibit six of his magnificent paintings.
June 2 - July 1
Noel Scott Wright
NOEL SCOTT WRIGHT
acrylic on wood by Jeff Huntington
Jeff Huntington's exquisite oils are in the style of old masters.
June 3 - July 1
Napoleon Death Mask
NAPOLEON DEATH MASK
acrylic on wood by Jeff Huntington
Jeff is a master and a treasure in Annapolis.