2017 SEASONING OPENING
The Charles-Baltivik Gallery would love to welcome you on May 26, 2017 6-9pm, for a relaxed opening of our gallery featuring works by Katherine Baltivik, Andrea Sawyer, Timmer Naylor, Michael Marrinan, Al Cave, Paul Rybarczyk, Michael Moss and Joanne Bartone.
We look forward to kicking off the 2017 season with some wine and cheese and a warm welcome – bring your smiling faces!
Andrea Sawyer will be hosting and available to help you enjoy the art.
432 Commercial Street | Provincetown, MA 02657 (508) 237-7544
In many ways, artist Katherine Baltivik is Provincetown.
A Washashore from the early 70s, the artist and co-owner of the Charles-Baltivik Gallery made a plan and and made it happen.
Baltivik didn’t just want to be another painter working in Provincetown: she wanted everything — her life, her art, her civic involvement—to be intricately interwoven with the town.
She came to capture the history of the town and its ever-changing façade, and it’s that façade for which she has become rightfully famous:
her intricate renditions of houses, public buildings, boats, dunes, and harbor.
Baltivik’s painting styles are directly influenced by Provincetown masters such as Blanche Lazell and the color theories of Hans Hoffman.
In all of Baltivik’s art she is intent on portraying the real Provincetown through her unique depictions.
Artistic from childhood, Andrea Sawyer was a late bloomer as a serious painter. During her first trip to Provincetown in 1995 – thrilled as many first-time visitors are by the unique light – she took hundreds of photos and returned to her home in southern Maine determined to pick up a brush and even more determined to become far more than a “Sunday painter.” For several years she worked in watercolor, but drawn to the smell, feel and vibrant color, she switched to oils in the late 90’s and immediately found gallery representation, with her first solo show soon to follow.Primarily self-taught, and inspired by the Wyeths, John Singer Sargent and Edward Hopper (to whom she is often compared), Andi is fascinated by how paint can catch the slanting light on the side of a building, a chair, a coffee pot and turn such mundane elements into highly collectible works of art. Andrea Sawyer has steadily refined her technique and found her true voice in P’town streetscapes and glowing and intimate still lifes, of which she is well-known for. Her Provincetown paintings can be found lovingly displayed in homes and businesses all over the country.
Marrinan was born in London England in 1966, he has lived on the Outer Cape since 1999. The Outer Cape provides one with a wonderful delicate but bold palette defined by the influence and interaction of both water and land, as if they are dancing to the same intricate beat. Painting that dance is what I set out to achieve which in turn can bring such vitality to any canvas.
Marrinan studied art in London in the 1980s and has lived in several countries since leaving England in 1991. His works have included recycled copper sea and landscapes, works on linen, as well as redefined furniture pieces made from discarded old doors. “I have tried to always keep my paintings as simple as possible as to allow the observer to connect and explore it through their own imagination and hence enjoy the experience more.”
>Marrinan studied art in London in the 1980s and has lived in several countries since leaving England in 1991. His works have included recycled copper sea and landscapes, works on linen, as well as redefined furniture pieces made from discarded old doors. “I have tried to always keep my paintings as simple as possible as to allow the observer to connect and explore it through their own imagination and hence enjoy the experience more. L S Lowry, who painted simple big industrial scenes in 1950s Birmingham, England using a very limited palette has had a great influence on my work as has Winslow Homer.”
Marrinan has shown in several galleries and his works have been placed in several metropolitan cities included London, New York, Boston, San Francisco and Paris.
Timmer Naylor came to Provincetown in 1986 and knew she’d come “home.” Timmer’s creative process begins with a walk with her dog Rupert, “on the beach, through the dunes, along the pier, looking for the moment of light where one sighs in wonder, then grins with delight. Then it’s back to the studio. I work on 5 or 6 paintings simultaneously, each of a different scene. It gets very intense inside my head; I need to work on one painting and once I begin to fret, I let it rest and continue on with another. Eventually they finish around the same time, with a fluidity and cohesiveness between them that makes them look symbiotic together. I love acrylics because of their diversity of use and their quick dry-time, and because I am sentimental; though I began my career as an artist as a jeweler, then a furniture painter, I will never forget the first day I started painting with acrylics.” A self-taught painter for 30 years, Timmer describes her feelings when she first started to paint with acrylics as “somehow it opened my mind, almost as though I was revisiting another realm, perhaps the realm of dreams,or another life, or the life of an ancestor, who knows!…but it feels like home.”
Joanne Bartone has a formal education in commercial photography. She has been creating stunning photographic images of Provincetown since 1980. Employing alternative photographic techniques such as camera obscura (pinhole), Polaroid transfers/lifts, cyanotypes, and various digital manipulations in mixed media, Joanne describes creating her art as using her “eyes and camera as tools that align with my heart, mind and soul to produce art that is distinctly my own; trends do not appeal to me. The images I create of Provincetown range from contemplative abstractions of alternative photographic techniques that artfully convey an interesting mood, to honest renditions of Nature and organic forms that instantly evoke fond memories.: It is Joanne’s hope that “you, the viewer, will intimately relate and emotionally connect to her interpretations of this unique and alluring town on the edge of light.”
Michael’s own poetic words describing his process and art:
15 years now painting Provincetown
the journey’s recorded here.
Struggling to obtain from greasy oils
my personal interpretation of
this singular place, no?
First- my limitations. Concentration on
repeating motifs: architectural, textural,
historic. Slowly: replication evolves. Later–
visual marks confirming what I used to see
(or thought I saw) behind the easel
before me. And each blank white
panel challenging my mornings…
Working in a variety of mediums, acrylics, watercolor, gouache, inks and conte’ pencils Alan Cave enjoys creating his male figurative works where he strives for photo-realism featuring the male figure, highlighting the light and shadows of the male muscularity. Combining the translucency of watercolors with the opaqueness of gouache creates a depth that captures a sense of realism and pulls the viewer into the setting. Giving the illusion that there is something more to be seen just beyond the summit, the goal is to spark the viewers imagination and curiosity.
Alan’s work is an exploration of structure, surface, technique and materials – all working in tandem. The intent is to poetically articulate the structural skeleton and the surface skin – to maximize the physicality of the materials.
In Paul’s own words: “I paint the male figure because it is what I respond to the most. I search out the strength, character, emotions, longings and desires of my models. Sometimes my models become my massage clients and my massage clients will become my models. I like to work most with bold, expressive color and strong design.”