Waterhouse Gallery celebrates its 34th Anniversary/Great American Figurative Exhibition in a showcase of works from a range of talented artists including Peter Adams, Zhaoming Wu, Craig Nelson, Jove Wang, Mian Situ, George Bodine, Stan Moeller, Matt Smith and Michael Gumbert. Among the guest artists in this year’s show are Michael Godfrey and Rodrigo Zaniboni.
While the gallery has been in existence for more than three decades, the Great American Figurative Exhibition, a show paired alongside the anniversary celebration, began in 2007.
“We are incredibly proud to be celebrating our 34th year. We opened in November 1984 and have been in our current location for an unbelievable 27 years,” says owner Diane Waterhouse, who runs the gallery alongside husband, Ralph Waterhouse. “Our gallery showcases contemporary traditional work—land-
scapes/figurative/urban/cityscapes, from impressionism to highly rendered realism. It is an honor and a privilege to have been able to do this all these years and represent the finest painters in the U.S.,” she says. “The show is always a visual feast.”
“What is unique about Ralph and Diane Waterhouse is a complete, total love and personal commitment to art,” says Bodine, who brings to the exhibition an oil titled Sailed. The piece depicts a woman peering over a narrow canal with boats passing through. “Sailed references the idea of loss, that something is ‘gone forever,’ and we don’t even know it,” explains Bodine.
Florence Cafe at Night and The Golden Hour – Venice, paintings by Moeller, capture the atmosphere of an evening in Italy with crowds of people going about their day. “I love Florence and [Florence Cafe at Night] captures the feeling of the open-air cafes, always full of light. I teach workshops in Tuscany...and am always inspired as I walk through the town where John Singer Sargent was born,” Moeller says. Describing Golden Hour – Venice, the artist shares, “The late afternoon light in Venice, especially, surrounds the subjects like no other place I’ve ever been. It is magic there. I’m always humbled to paint in places where my heroes loved to go and paint.” Light is a major source of inspiration for artist Sung Eun Kim as well, and the light of sunrise and sunset especially captivates him. “The illusion of lights, glowing the surface of the city always make me in awe [the] more I study them,” says Kim, who brings an oil titled The first light, along with two smaller works.
The exhibition begins Saturday, November 17, with artist demonstrations at 1 p.m. and an opening reception from 4 to 7 p.m.
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2George Bodine, Sailed, oil on Belgian linen, 16 x 12"2
1Stan Moeller, The Golden Hour – Venice,oil on panel, 14 x 18"1
3George Bodine, Cherished, oil on Belgian linen, 24 x 12"3