Late summer at New Era

Aug 02, 2014
“Small Black Pot,” an oil on linen by Tom Lieber, illustrates his use of explicitly painterly gestures over dense and layered backgrounds.

Vinalhaven — New Era Gallery’s late summer show will open Saturday, Aug. 9, featuring the work of Tom Lieber and Kitty Wales. There will be an artists talk at 4:30 p.m. and a reception from 5 to 7 p.m.

Lieber’s abstract paintings and monotypes are informed by nature and meditations, reflecting his efforts to channel his interior life onto the canvas and paper. His works are found in the permanent collections of several major public and private collections including the Guggenheim and Metropolitan Museums in New York, SF MOMA and the Tate Modern in London. Lieber found his way to Vinalhaven in the 1980s, through a connection with an influential teacher at the University of Illinois.  For the past decade, he has resided in Hawaii and Los Angeles, but maintains a deep affection for this island.

Wales’ “Migration,” a multi-part installation, will have its debut in the Windy Way Barn.  Described by the artist as a modern-day fairy tale, the work is inspired in part by stories of the early navigators of the Marshall Islands. In that culture, navigational knowledge was passed down from generation to generation to those who had the gift, first learned by means of charts made of reeds and then committed to memory. The central life-sized figure in the installation is modeled after a drawing titled “The Wife of Jacques Meyer” by Dutch Renaissance artist Hans Holbein the Younger.  It is constructed of found and donated old wooden chair parts over welded steel. Wales has summered on the island since early childhood and maintains a seasonal studio here. She currently teaches sculpture at Boston University.

The show will run through Aug. 27. Summer gallery hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 863-9351 or visit neweragallery.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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