Saturday, September 13, 2014

New water color exhibit at Michigamme Moonshine Art Gallery

Scotland. Water color by Bill Hamilton. (Image courtesy Michigamme Moonshine Art Gallery)

MICHIGAMME -- A new art exhibit A new art exhibit, "Home and Abroad" -- new water colors  by Bill Hamilton, Brook Powell, and Peg Sandin -- is on display at Michigamme Moonshine Art Gallery and continues through Oct. 24, 2014.

A reception will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. TOMORROW, Sunday, Sept. 14.

Bill Hamilton’s latest creations include vistas from his trips abroad, most recently Italy and Scotland. Anyone familiar with water colors will appreciate Hamilton’s skill and artistic vision.

"I try to pay attention to details in a scene," Hamilton says, "Hopefully my efforts go beyond being a picture to being an experience."

While his trips out of the country have expanded his artistic aspirations, Hamilton continues to enjoy portraying the natural beauty of the Upper Peninsula.

 "My favorite subject is nature," he explains, "and no other place has as many exciting possibilities as right here."

Water color artist Brook Powell’s newest work is taken directly from life. Painting in the open, Powell often chooses a site near the Big Lake and begins painting by actually dipping the paper into Lake Superior to set up a technique known as "wet-in-wet."

Moved by what he perceives, he will work quickly to place colors on the sheet, letting the pigments flow into and past each other. The result is a spontaneous depiction of dynamic sights.

"I get caught up in the excitement of painting," Powell says.

Peg Sandin is also a student of nature. She has become aware of the undulating waves, ever-changing seasons and the energy of growth. Her latest water colors reflect those patterns in a series of vibrant works. Based on direct observation and awareness, Sandin’s creations celebrate the infinite potential for variety in nature’s forms. Much of her work attempts to capture nature’s changing moods.

"After this harsh winter when temperatures were so cold, I noticed a definite change once it reached 30 degrees," Sandin says. "It seemed as if the trees were celebrating the approach of spring!"

Michigamme Moonshine Art Gallery is at 136 East Main in Michigamme. Summer Gallery Hours: Monday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday by chance. For more information call 906-323-6546.

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