Impressionist-Expressionist at Goldenstein Gallery
When we think of arts most enduring and popular modalities, Impressionism and Expressionism, we don't envision something radical.
Yet in their time these movements were ground breaking and forever changed the art world. On Friday April 3, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Goldenstein Gallery in West Sedona holds its second reception for Impressionist-Expressionist as part of its dynamic three-month series celebrating different art modalities. Among the renowned-featured artists are the stunning pieces of Karyl Bennett, Peter Myerson, Sherab Khandro and Art Decker - artists that continue the tradition of expressing something ground breaking with their work.
"Our humanity is found in our compassion for others and our willingness to engage in life, not just to float on the surface," states mixed-media painter Karyl Bennett. "My wish is that you stand before my paintings and ask questions, not have all the answers with a quick glance."
Her work is reflective of that desire using a technique and medium developed from years of experience.
Perfecting a method to capture her emotions, she reverse paints with inks and metals which results in rich luminosity, depth, and sense of movement.
Peter Myerson's impressionist paintings are about color and texture. A highly acclaimed and internationally collected artist originally from South Africa, his use of vivid color literally calls out and draws viewers in, taking them on a journey around the world.
Though his paintings are landscapes they blend the boundaries of abstraction, impressionism and representation evoking a sense of timelessness. He says of his work, "Art is supposed to reflect the times in which it is painted. However, this can lead to the work being contrived, unless one is painting conceptually. More important to me is the ideal of the painting being a reflection of the artist."
Sherab Khandro wishes to inspire the hearts and minds of others. Using the neo-impressionist style of pointillism in her paintings, tiny dots of color create vibrant imagery; each stroke of the brush holds a prayer of compassion. Each dot is offered as a prayer to end suffering in the world. Khandro will be painting in the gallery as Artist in Residence on Sunday, April 5th 1-4pm.
Art Decker's whimsical yet dramatic style of painting landscapes has captured the imagination of collectors internationally. Through his eyes and paintbrush new perspectives capture the essence of the Southwest landscape, the layers of the rocks and mesas and the magnificence of the desert monsoon skies. A plein-aire painter, Decker often portrays Sedona icons such as Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock or Snoopy Rock, the ancient native Juniper tree or perhaps the Hopi Mesas to the north.
The public is invited to meet these engaging artists and other local artists at the opening reception for Impressionist-Expressionist on Friday, April 3rd from 5-8pm and Artist in Residence with Sherab Khandro on Sunday, April 5th 1-4pm.
Voted Best Gallery in Sedona 7 years running, Goldenstein Gallery is known for its diversity of world-renowned local and regional artists in all media and styles.
Open daily, Goldenstein Gallery is located at 70 Dry Creek Rd in West Sedona. Parking available. Visit their website www.GoldensteinArt.com for their informative monthly E-zine or call 928-204-1765.