"Who Are You?" - a special show of Gayle Paul's abstract paintings
Artist reception on Friday, October 11th. Open October 1st through November 1st. A large collection of miniatures is featured among other recent works.
A look inside the creative process of an experienced abstract artist who today explores with the same spontaneity and exuberance as she did in art school in the 1960's. Never one to settle into a comfortable pattern, Gayle still follows her muses to new expressions of color and line. Once several years ago, walking into BlackBird with yet another surprising series of work, owner Pat Horrocks asked, "Who are you, Gayle?". In an attempt to answer that question, this show reveals the playful nature of a seasoned artist who knows how to break rules with great success.
About 60 miniatures, representing an outpouring of her creative thought, are the focus of this show that also includes several larger recent works and even a few earlier pieces not offered before. All are available for purchase. It is the first time in her career that Gayle has shown work that is purposely not a related body, but rather a demonstration of diverse, almost random, inspirations.
Meet Gayle at an artist reception on Friday, October 11th, 6:30-8:30. Her husband, Doug Paul, a talented guitarist, will provide an entertaining musical backdrop. The show will remain open October 1 - November 1.
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