Current and Future Exhibits
“Enchanted April” at Simon Mace Gallery
Thursday, March 30th through Monday, May 1st
We have titled next month’s show Enchanted April after the 1991 film by the same name. For those that haven’t seen it, here is a quote from IMDB: “This slow-paced gem is about the civilizing influence of Italy on beleaguered Londoners both male and female and has its own civilizing influence on the viewer. It's almost like taking a little mini-trip to Italy, a gorgeously filmed enchantment.” The film stars--Miranda Richardson, Jim Broadbent, Josie Lawrence, Alfred Molina, Polly Walker, Michael Kitchen and Joan Plowright. Don’t you want to add it to your watch list?
Simon Mace’s Enchanted April features long-time friend and painter, Anne Schreivogl and introduces ceramic artist, Kim Murton. Many of you will remember Anne Schreivogl’s terrific image that was used for the 2014 PTFF poster. This new body of work will feature lots of pattern, color and fun with books, knitting ladies, typewriters, cats and silly birds. “Schreivogl” means screeching bird, so, silly birds are kind of a requirement.
The colorful fun of Kim Murton’s ceramics are the perfect 3D partner to Anne’s paintings. We will have several pieces from her series she’s dubbed Sweater Cats, inspired by the pink pussy hats worn by many thousands of women (and men) around the world during the post-inauguration day Women’s March, January 21st.
Anne Schreivogl and Kim Murton’s mood elevating artwork will be sure to enchant us this April for Simon Mace Gallery’s Grand Finale: Part One.
Grand Finale: Part One? What’s up with that? Well, we have some sad news. Simon Mace Gallery, at least as it exists now, will be closing Monday, May 29th. Since opening in December 2011, we have loved sharing our eclectic selection of artists with gallery visitors and the broader community. We have made great friends with artists and customers we might never have known without the gallery and love being part of the arts community of this region. However, financially speaking, the gallery has not thrived. 2016 showed growth but, sales since the election have been sparse. We don’t feel optimistic about improvement in the current climate, and, have reluctantly decided to close. We would like to thank all of the wonderful people who have made Simon Mace Gallery a regular stop when they are downtown and, of course, we want to thank all the incredible artists we have had the privilege to work with over the past five years.
Speaking of our incredible artists, in other news, contemporary folk artist, Alison O’Donoghue will be teaching a weekend workshop at Port Townsend School of the Arts, April 22nd through 24th. Follow this LINK (https://ptschoolofthearts.org/weekend-workshops/3-3-days-birds-on-birds-with-alison-odonoghue-930am-430pm) for more info. In addition to teaching, Alison has recently discovered the joys of commission painting. If you’d like her to customize a painting especially for you, let us know and we’ll be happy connected you to Alison.
What does our future look like? Stay tuned, we are figuring this out ourselves! In the meantime, make your plans to come see and be enchanted by April’s show and look forward to May’s Grand Finale: Part Two, featuring new paintings from Jeff Weekley. Thanks for taking this ride with us!