It is a foolish endeavor to detail all of the events on the evening of the ArtWalk. And I have yet to speak with anyone who has visited every event and gallery during the ArtWalk.
Of course, that isn’t the point of ArtWalk; it’s purpose is much broader, based in a sense of community and connectivity and a shared love of art, the people who make it, and the people who make it possible.
And the good news is even though the ArtWalk is passed, no one is rushing to “take the tree down,” so to speak. Nearly all galleries who participated have exhibits that will be on display through the month of March.
Here’s a few exhibits you might have missed.
Robert Lange Studios has works from Georgia-based painter, Karin Jurick, as she explores "Sargentology." Jurick’s oil paintings capture viewers situated in front of masterworks (from John Singer Sargent) inside a museum setting. In a double-feat of creativity, Jurick captures both the original artists’ work hanging in the gallery and her own scenes around the centerpiece.
It’s a Russian-nesting doll of voyeurism set inside the eye of Jurick’s deep and potent attention to detail. Not only do we recognize the masterworks on display in the background but we recognize ourselves in the onlookers Jurick captures. And we can identify fully with the experience she presents.
The Corrigan Gallery has new vivid abstract art from Karin Olah. In "Beyond the Sea: Abstracting the Colors of the Coast," Olah returns to the sea to capture the grounded yet wild colors of the sea along the Charleston coast. It's true that the ocean and the coastline are regularly documented by many artists, but Olah is an artist who works in multimedia.
“I work in a layering process,” Olah says in a press release. "First, I dye my own colors on cotton, linen and silk, and then I collage that fabric atop gouache and acrylic paints, pastel and pencil.” On close inspection, fabrics and textiles become apparent and the sea takes on a new life of expressive tangibility. This is her fifth show at the gallery.
Soon to be relocated, Trager contemporary gallery is coming up full swing for spring, too, with their latest March exhibit from sculptor Stuart Tessler, "My Country ’Tis of Thee." Tessler’s works are evocative and provocative in varying degrees and all are artfully crafted with the artist’s clear-eyed intention on display. Whether he is capturing a simple moment of the body or posing thought-provoking questions with no easy answers, Tessler’s works are a standout.
Finally, Horton Hayes Gallery has drawn the curtain on its newly renovated gallery space. I’ve never gone through a renovation, so all I can see is the finished product, which looks fantastic. The gallery space has always been an anchor in the French Quarter with its light, ambiance and, of course, breadth and quality of artists and artwork.
Through the end of the month, all of the gallery’s artists have new paintings on display to help put an extra bit of spring in your step down those fancy cobblestone streets.