Kenne Gregoire

Kenne Gregoire
Kenne Gregoire is a Dutch painter who is showing his work in the U.S. for the first time in an exhibition that opens today at the Arcadia Gallery in New York.

(Note that the link given will change to the next current exhibition after 6/1/13. After that you may still be able to access the exhibition catalog on Issuu.)

Gregoire has several thematic areas in which he explores different approaches. The most prominent seems to be still life in which he uses a combination of isometric perspective and naturalistic rendering. This is contrasted with other still life subjects in which he takes a more straightforward approach.

There are other repeated themes, such as patterned backgrounds and figurative work that varies from naturalistic to stylized.

In all of his work he demonstrates a refined control of texture and color, usually casting his subjects in muted light and emphasizing their textural characteristics.


Jim Wodark

Jim Wodark
Though I was familiar with the online portfolio of California based plein air painter Jim Wodark (pronounced “wood-ark”), and already had him on my list for a post, I had the opportunity recently to meet the artist and attend a demo he gave at the recent Wayne Plein Air Festival here in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Wodark was the juror for this year’s event and in addition to judging the event and conducting a workshop, he gave a free demo in which he painted a copy (images above, bottom) of one of his existing paintings (second from bottom) over the course of about two hours.

As he worked he discussed his process, and also talked about some of the artists, both historic and contemporary, who have influenced him, including Ken Auster and Richard Schmid.

Wodark has a crisp, vibrant style, in which he demonstrates a deft touch with both value contrasts and variation in edges. He also experiments with composition, at times pushing elements out of the typical “safe” areas of the canvas in which many artists work, leaving large areas of foreground, for example, in the manner of Degas or Caillebotte.

His subjects include rocky and mountainous western landscapes, as well as costal views and seascapes, urban subjects, scenes from his travels in Europe and occasionally still life or figurative works.

Wodark participates in a number of regional shows and plein air events around the country each year, garnering awards in his wake.

There is a podcast conversation with Wodark from 2011 on Artists Helping Artists (the interview starts about 5 minutes in).


Art Museum Day 2013

Art Museum Day 2013, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Brandywine River Museum, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum of American Art, The Delaware Art Museum
Not to be confused with the more general Museum Day in September, which is sponsored by Smithsonian magazine (my post here), Art Museum Day is a relatively new event, started last year, that is sponsored by the Association of Art Museum Directors.

This Saturday, May 18, 2013, participating art museums in the U.S. Canada and Mexico will be offering free or reduced admission, special programs and other events in a bid to attract additional visitors.

The page on the AAMD site lists participating museums, with some indication of specific events, though you should probably check with your local museum in question for more specifics. There is also an AAMD press release about the event, with a more compact list of the museums, here.

The event is held in on the same day as International Museum Day, which features events at museums in Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceana and the Americas (look to links on the right of the IMD page for more information about museums and events in specific world regions).

(Above: images of a few participating art museums in my area: The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Brandywine River Museum, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum of American Art, The Delaware Art Museum)