Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - Exhibitions by Edgar Martinez and Cherie Sibley open at Galleria Dante on Friday, February 7th, 2014 as part of this week's Southside Shuffle. Stop by to meet the artists and enjoy complimentary cocktails from 6:00 until 10:00 pm.
He works in a medium of marble powder mixed with oil, painstakingly layered to create textures, allowing him to express himself more as an expressionist rather than a realist. These textured layers give his paintings life by allowing light, a crucial element in his work, to dance across the canvas.
Edgar's discipline and confidence in his own works never fails to surprise us and leave us wanting to see more. Seashells - the primary element of this show – functions as an exclamation of surprise, used to express an emotion that traps the senses.
The human mind is unique, and process of creating and materializing an idea is an extraordinary event that, in essence, makes Edgar’s work have cultural, esthetic and historic value. He has created a firm step to conscience in the elaboration of the work, and it is important that the work speaks for itself.
There is success when the senses of an individual are moved, and Edgar works to move these senses by taking the spectator with him on an imaginary trip. "I have been working for several years in oil, using a technique like no other. Even though I may appreciate others, oil is the only medium that truly fascinates me. In relation to the art: creating, imagining, sharing one's own vision, is without a doubt a great satisfaction."
The gestures and attire of Edgar’s characters tend toward classic renaissance, and the chiaroscuro is elemental and defines his style of creating an expression that is both creative and magical, striking a difference between the ordinary and the unimaginable.
Cherie's artistic mission is to provide the viewer with a tranquil moment amid a world filled with chaos. The stillness of her work counteracts the rapid pace of everyday life, reminding us all that there is so much beauty and peace to be found in nature, just by being quiet and observing it.
The focus of her work this year has been the Great Northern Loon (Gavia Immer). These birds are found in the northern parts of North American, Greenland, Iceland and Great Britain. They spend the summers in lakes where fish are abundant and there are suitable nesting grounds. They fly to the coasts and winter in the oceans. They sport distinctive, black and white plumage (when breeding), have a wingspan of 5 feet and weight about 9 lbs.
They are ungainly on land due to their legs being positioned at the back of their bodies, which contributes to their name "loon," but the joke stops there. They are efficient predators of both fresh and saltwater fish, powerful swimmers and adroit divers. Perhaps the most striking thing about these birds is their call. It has been called "haunting", "mystical", "thrilling" and "enchanting." Cherie will also be presenting a video of her work and the loons, bringing the viewer full circle in experiencing these most wondrous of birds.
Cherie is a native of Southern Louisiana with a BFA, who has been teaching adult art classes for the last 13 years. Her work is collected internationally, and her reputation has steadily grown over the years. She now divides her time between Mexico and Canada when not traveling.
Galleria Dante Art Openings Schedule:
February 21st - Israel Zzepda, Francisco Xavier Zepeda and David Moreno Zepeda
March 7th - Luis Valui and Jorge Coste
March 21st - Juana Cortez and Oscar Solis
April 4th - Enrique Loza and Patricia Garcia
While you are there, be sure to check out Di Vino Dante Wine & Tapas Bar, a new addition to the old hacienda that houses Galleria Dante and the gallery's sculpture garden. The brainchild of Joe and Claire's daughter, Gena Guarniere, Di Vino Dante focuses primarily on Mexican Wine, and Gena is enthusiastic about introducing people to, and educating them on, these fine wines. This chic wine and tapas bar is open Monday through Saturday from 4:00 to 11:00 pm.Open Mon-Fri from 10 am-5 pm, Galeria Dante is located at Basilio Badillo #269 in Puerto Vallarta's Romantic Zone. For more information, call (322) 222-2477, or send an email to info(at)galleriadante.com.
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