Michael Good Gallery mounts first solo show

Shipko blends culinary, visual arts

Jun 07, 2017
Beverly Shipko’s “Strawberry Blueberry Tart” is an oil on wood.

Rockport — The exhibition season kicks off at the re-launched Michael Good Gallery with a solo show by New York painter Beverly Shipko. “You CAN Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too: Paintings by Beverly Shipko” will open Monday, June 12, at 325 Commercial St./Route 1.

The Grand Re-Opening Reception is set for Saturday, July 8, from noon to 5 p.m. Several special events are planned during the show, which will run through Aug. 1.

“We’re so excited that our first big show in our newly renovated original location on Route 1 in Rockport will feature deliciously rich works by widely acclaimed painter Beverly Shipko,” said Avi Good, gallery manager at Michael Good. “This is the first time Beverly has had a solo show in Maine.”

Shipko’s decadent paintings of desserts and other treats are thickly painted and oozing with appeal, Good said. This longtime obsession with the subject matter is a story Shipko will share during an upcoming artist’s talk.

The exhibition will feature dozens of Shipko’s works in oil on canvas, as well as prints and original drawings. From petite panels to jumbo canvases, the tantalizing temptations will grace multiple rooms throughout the historic early 19th-century farmhouse art gallery.

Shipko is an American artist best known for her oil paintings of partially consumed classic desserts. She said she believes that on some level, “all people are attracted to things they are not supposed to have. I am no exception.”

Her “slice of life” approach has resulted in images of Oreo cookies and ice cream sandwiches “bitten” plus cakes, pies and fruit tarts in states of human consumption. More recently, she has been exploring packaged desserts, bakery displays and vending machine treats.

Shipko has an extensive background in art history and marketing, with graduate degrees in both. Her work has been exhibited at galleries and museums throughout the United States including the Katonah Museum, Fresno Metropolitan Museum, the Hudson River Museum and New York City’s O.K. Harris Gallery. She resides in Ardsley, N.Y.

A couple of days — Sunday, July 9, at 10 a.m. — after the grand re-opening, Shipko will offer an artist’s talk titled Sweet Revenge of the Dentist’s Daughter … how a daughter deprived of candy, cookies and ice cream used a paintbrush to taste them all.

The exhibition will be free and open to the public Mondays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit michaelgood.com or call 236-9623.

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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