Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Monotypes in Red at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery

Barbara Burkhardt

Exhibit dates: June 28-July 30

Monotypes in Reda joint exhibit, continues at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in Eau Gallie. According to the artists, 'Red' is all about love, joy, happiness and celebration. The different approach of each artist to this theme is refreshing. Peter Crumpacker, Barbara Burkhardt and Grace Leal all demonstrate mastery of the medium while their styles are completely individual.

Leal’s work often addresses the "point of transgression," the period of time when a choice is being made to displace oneself in order to evolve, change and reach another level. Grace, a multi-media artist, uses a variety of voices in her work. Sometimes narration takes precedence, sometimes it is a social or political commentary, and sometimes it is a sheer expression of passion in an abstract work that includes just shapes, forms and colors, in this case - Red.

Burkhardt says of her work, “After painting realistic watercolor for years, I find myself moving in a different direction. The most drastic change in my work is moving from realism to abstract.” She is working intuitively and creating work that evolves on an emotional level through the manipulation of color choice and design elements.  

Crumpacker brings an engineering mind and the free spirit of the artist to his work. The engineer in him wants precision; the artist wants mayhem, mess, and beauty. His best work combines it all. Peter is very active across the state of Florida and his work is in collections all across the United States.

This exhibit runs through July 30. Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is in the Eau Gallie Art District in Melbourne.
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Fifth Avenue Art Gallery
321-259-8261 1470 Highland Avenue, Melbourne, Florida 32935  http://www.fifthavenueartgallery.com

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