Art Reception: Saturday, September 14th 6 - 8 PM Show runs from 9/12 - 11/11
Two artists with totally different artistic processes and personalities come together in this phenomenal show! Mary-Gail King and Gerald Zwers, both well-established and accomplished artists, recently started sharing a studio space, only to realize that despite their differences, they bring out the best in each other and have helped each other's work grow.
A teacher of Intuitive Painting, Mary-Gail King takes the "intuition" method to heart. Like the time she decided to throw a spur-of-the-moment pool party...without so much as a pool!
As soon as Mary-Gail posted the event on Facebook, she ran off to buy a kiddie pool, party favors and pool toys. When she hauled it all from her car to her backyard, neighboring onlookers came out to see what was going on. In the end, the last-minute party invite didn't yield a high turnout, but that was okay. Just embracing her sudden impulse satisfied her.
Relaxing in the pool, overlooking a setting sun behind distant hills, Mary-Gail remembered days gone by. Years ago in this very backyard, she used to entertain her old dog by throwing tennis balls over and over. These memories overlooked the same hills, with the same sun. This poetic moment struck a chord with Mary-Gail and added fuel to her artistic fire.
A dynamic and spirited artist, Mary-Gail's energy shows through in her work. Her intuition has led her creative process when turning a blank canvas into a work of art. And it has led her to new opportunities in life, growing personally and professionally.
From a young age, Gerald Zwers has been passionate about art and learning. Throughout school, he enjoyed drawing during class. He nearly got kicked out of his math class for drawing all the time! But it was actually a tool he used to aid learning. It helped him forge connections with new knowledge and information.
Despite his artistic skills, he decided to pursue an education outside of the arts. He studied many subjects like psychology, marketing and engineering. Worked his way through school as a machinist, he later went on to own several businesses. In his free time, Gerald picked up new art skills by seeking out the masters to learn directly from them.
One day, Gerald was contacted about his series of 12” x 12” paintings depicting hearts. A military official from England wanted to buy several pieces. This man continued to periodically reach out to Gerald, buying more and more heart paintings over time. Finally out of curiosity, Gerald asked this man what he was doing with all these paintings. And the man said he was handing them out to people he met during the war in Iraq, to share these symbols of love.
Known to regularly produce over 100 pieces per year (his record is over 1000!), Gerald is a prolific artist with no plans to slow down. One of his biggest driving forces as an artist is to mindfully create work that will spread goodness and joy.