GAIL SEVERN GALLERY HAS A REPUTATION FOR BRINGING EXCEPTIONAL ART TO THE SUN VALLEY AREA.
THIS SUMMER IS NO EXCEPTION.

Fresco on linen; Offerings of Flower Petals Durga Puja, Dwarika House, North Kolkata, 2009 (detail).

Fresco on linen; Offerings of Flower Petals Durga Puja, Dwarika House, North Kolkata, 2009

Gail Severn Gallery represents young, mid-career, and established artists working in all media. For more than 38 years, the gallery has established a national reputation for presenting energetic exhibition schedules, participating in international art fairs, and facilitating museum exhibitions as well as publishing books and catalogs for its artists. As one of Sun Valley’s premier galleries, with four distinct exhibition spaces in more than 8,000 square feet as well as an outdoor sculpture court and two-acre sculpture garden, Gail Severn Gallery presents a cadre of national and international artists in a warm and inviting setting.

Always raising the bar for passionate art collectors, art lovers, and the ever-admired art gallery scene of Sun Valley, Gail Severn Gallery offers the opportunity for the exploration and experience for contemporary and emerging artists to present works, which define all realms of life—real and unreal and past, present and future. The late artist Marcia Meyers and photographer Laura McPhee embody this and much more.

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT MARCIA MYERS

Riches of Remembrance
June 29 – August 2, 2015 Galleries II & III; Gallery Walk July 10, 5-8 pm

Archival Pigment Print by Laura McPhee

Archival Pigment Print by Laura McPhee

We all see the world through the prism of our own experience. When Marcia Myers was first exposed to the ancient Roman mural paintings of the 1st century CE, she saw pure abstraction. It was these frescos, and those of the Renaissance masters, that compelled Myers to transform this ancient technique into modern terms. The last of Myers’ body of work is the culmination of a 28-year journey through time, integrating the technique of the masters with a vision of modernity, giving birth to the modern fresco.

Myers utilized the formal elements of artistic expression—color, light, texture, shape, and space, to capture the essence of an experience. Her paintings are relics of a creative process where the act of creating supersedes the product of creation. The subject has been reduced to paint. The viewer is propelled into a realm where past and present commingle. As a conveyer of truth, her paintings explore the realm beyond the recognizable subject, a place devoid of word and imagery, where all is distilled to its very essence. The result is pure indulgence in the sensory aspects of color, texture, and space. Her paintings tantalize, inviting the viewer into an ineffable dialogue with paint. It is purely through the power of color that an emotion is triggered and the viewer is transported through space and time to arrive at a present interpretation of the past.

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT LAURA MCPHEE

Inside Wall of the Thakur Dalan (Hall of Worship)

Inside Wall of the Thakur Dalan (Hall of Worship)

Home and the World: A View of Calcutta
August 1 – August 30, 2015 Gallery II
Gallery Walk, August 7, 5-8pm
Laura McPhee is a photographer who has worked, most recently, in the woods of Idaho, New York City, and Kolkata, India. Born in Manhattan, she grew up toward the end of a dirt road in central New Jersey. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Rhode Island School of Design. Her work, which ranges from portrait to landscape to still life, is widely exhibited nationally and internationally. She is a professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Artist Statement

“Kolkata’s extraordinary domestic architecture (particularly the 18th- and 19th-century houses of the zamindars of North Kolkata, a caste of landowners made rich by the Company) tells the story of past and present, of the evolution from colony to independence and beyond. The houses were built by Indians for Indians (rather than by the British for the British), and they follow their own unique architectural conventions that reflect both domestic customs and religious use. The households I photographed consist of unusual amalgams of internationally derived architectural styles overlaid by details of family life and personal history seen in the objects that adorn the rooms. These spaces speak to the vicissitudes of economic life and of time, to incipient globalization, to the blending of history with contemporary living, to family and changing traditions, and to the long and complex material and political relationship between India and the West.”

Pandal (Impermanent Temple) for Durga Puja, Ghosh House, North Kolkata, 2009. Archival Pigment Print by Laura McPhee at Gail Severn Gallery

Pandal (Impermanent Temple) for Durga Puja, Ghosh House, North Kolkata, 2009. Archival Pigment Print by Laura McPhee at Gail Severn Gallery

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GAIL SEVERN GALLERY

Gail Severn Gallery represents internationally recognized, mid-career and young emerging artists working in all media. For more than 38 years, the gallery has built a national reputation for presenting energetic exhibition schedules, participating in international art fairs, facilitating museum exhibitions, and publishing books and catalogs. Artists from Idaho, the Northwest, and across the country exhibit along side artists from Europe, South America, Central America and Asia.
The Gail Severn Gallery building houses four distinct exhibition spaces in more than 8,000 square feet, and offers a 2-acre sculpture garden, providing a variety of unique environments for viewing art including intimate and large-scale sculpture, fountains, and site-specific installations. Gail Severn Gallery is ideal for experienced and beginning collectors to mingle in a warm and inviting setting. Contact the gallery for an appointment to visit the sculpture garden or stop by the gallery any time to see the newest exhibitions.
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