Open now through December 30, 2020
Our two new exhibits are a beautiful pairing of landscape painters.
New York artist Martin Weinstein uses acrylic paint on layers of floating acrylic sheets that are stacked to form a single of image of great depth. The perspective of the image changes as the viewer moves.
Maryland artist Stephen Estrada uses oil on canvas to capture coastal scenes. His work features spectacular images of the Atlantic and Pacific coasts as well as the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.
Admission is no longer charged to view art exhibitions or the model railroad of Gadsden in the 1940s. Both are open Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 5 pm and Friday from 10 am to 1 pm. The gallery and model are closed on the weekends.
The Paintings of Stephen Estrada: Mapping Memory, Nature and Spirit
Stephen Estrada’s work embodies an appreciation of nature’s vastness and energy, melded with a sense of tenderness, as if the world was beckoning us to know it intimately. In his Latitude 37 Series, he traces his personal journey from the Pacific coast (he grew up in Los Angeles), to the Atlantic shoreline, near where he has lived for the past thirty-five years. At each end of this imaginary geographic line, the artist depicts the sea and the sky above it. In his series Estrada traverses the continent, making his life and the expanse of America a reflection of each other. Accompanying the Latitude 37 paintings are works from Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean and from the Gulf Coast. The latter paintings suggest the destructive power of nature and the personal impact it had on the painter as he and his daughters returned there over a six-year period to help rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Estrada approaches his landscapes with a combination of acute observation and impassioned engagement. The sea, marshes, grasslands, and the cloud-filled sky all take on a heightened sense of drama in his deftly painted canvases.
Martin Weinstein: Moment to Moment
With so many variations of landscape painting created over several hundred years there remain fewer and fewer stones left to overturn. What Martin Weinstein has done with this most ubiquitous type is quite genius. By breaking his compositions down to three or four floating layers of painted elements, surfaces that can span days, months and even years, Weinstein has brought in a very specific sense of time. Visually speaking, by overlapping layers of clear, frosted acrylic to paint upon, Weinstein can stretch the visual elements not just in time but in space, so a work will read differently in its level of abstraction from angle to angle and moment to moment. These shifting visual transitions are key to understanding the artist’s work and how he uniquely references the land around him through a distinctive and varied filter. Each edge of a flower petal, every cluster or windswept leaf and each ray of sunlight can be elements that both blend and stand apart as nature observed travels through the air like a refreshing breeze or a sudden apparition. In a way, this is more of how we actually see the world around us, how we focus and process information and how we judge perspective in movement from detail to detail and site to site.
Both exhibitions are organized through Katharine T. Carter and Associates.