Written by Blogger Melanie Parker
Friday night I had the great fortune of attending a private art show, “DAZZLERS & DELIGHTS”, at the Wild Earth Gallery just off the square in downtown Elizabethtown, featuring abstract paintings by local artist Richard (Dick) Mclaughlin.
If you are coming to Wild Earth Gallery for the first time I thought it would be helpful for you to have a glimpse of what the building looks like on the outside for easy finding. You’ll notice upon arrival that there is not street parking in front of the store. But the hidden treasure that I must share with you is that there is plenty of parking just behind the store. You can enter that parking area just to the right of the front entrance if facing the store. You can’t miss it! Address information is below.
Let me just start by saying I genuinely appreciate the artistic energy and décor of Wild Earth. The deep, dark wood flooring, the exposed brick display wall and soft lighting, lend itself to a big city art gallery vibe, with a small town intimacy that is very inviting.
Abstract art (or imagery art) is by far my favorite style. It gives the audience the opportunity to meld with the painting, absorbing the colors, the lines…it isn’t just about what you see, it’s about how it makes you feel. Starting twenty feet away, then ten feet away, then slowly stepping closer, the painting changes, when the detail becomes more prominent. I like to go through this process, making up my own mind about what I see and what is represented on the canvas, even before I read the title that the artist has given the painting, sharing his minds rendition. Very, very rarely does my interpretation correlate with the artists. That is ok, that is abstract, and that is art.
Among the larger paintings, blues are a common theme, with titles like Water Music, Ocean Dazzle, Rainy Day and Blue Water Light; I am fascinated by how many renditions the artist can create with colors from the same palette.
Some of the smaller paintings showcase brighter colors and more whimsical titles like, Elephant with Balloon.
If clay sculpture is more your “artistic taste”, there are also some of Richard’s clay pieces on display (and for sale) that he created and fired locally in his own personal kiln.
Whether it’s a solo painting displayed, a strategic grouping, or a clay sculpture, fine art will always be the conversation point and centerpiece of any room.
Dazzler’s & Delights, local artist Richard McLaughlin’s collection, will be open to the public for your viewing, or purchasing pleasure, May 10 – June 6 at the Wild Earth Gallery. 110 N. Main, Elizabethtown, KY. Also take advantage of the creative and thought provoking, artistic gifts available in their gift shop!
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