If John Collette Fine Art in Highlands were a big Like on your art gallery radar, wait until you see his new digs at 104 Highway 107 South, just across the street from Cashiers Exxon.
Art is all about light, and Collette’s new space is crafted to showcase each hand-selected piece in the glorious illumination the artist intended. Two large rooms with cathedral ceilings give the new area a spacious, mountain-air feel. There is an extended porch out back for parties and workshops, informally dubbed the Diva Deck (for Collette’s delightful canine mascot, Diva). Up front there is a covered porch dedicated to weekend painters looking for an inspirational retreat.
Of course, favorite regional, as well as nationally known artists fill the gallery with their celebrated color, texture, form, line and masterful composition. New this year, Scott Upton, whose atmospheric abstractions play with multi-layered textural exploration, is a staple at Collette’s Gallery. His innovative studies in depth and reflective surfaces are an exquisite complement to any decor.
Jane Smithers’ work, another new addition, continues to soar. Intertwined in a painterly Tapestry of Life are her art, her teaching, and her travel. Each of these is in inseparable partnership with the others. Life experiences build layer upon layer on her canvases: the rich burnt sienna of African soil, the azure skies over France, the creamy white sands of Maine’s coast, the love she has for all. It’s no wonder people follow her worldwide to catch her magical light.
Karen Weihs, another popular artist and regular to the Collette collection, says of her work, “As an oil painter and colorist, I love to create images that depict endless visual space. Forsaking all details, I conjure patterns of light, air and reflection that feel ethereal and diffused. Layered pigments, contrasting colors and geometric shapes breathe life into my images, and while my landscapes are minimal in representational content, I find viewers often see the
familiar in the abstract.”
And if you are intrigued by the Diva connection, you will love Mary Engle’s work. In describing her dog sculptures she says, “For me, the animal image symbolizes a bridge between the rational world of humans and the instinctual world of nature. My sculptural goal is to capture an animal’s gesture or movement. The surfaces of the sculptures are rich in texture and refer to human creations, memory, and patterns. Through my work, I aspire to create whimsical animated creatures that reveal a spiritual presence I feel animals possess.”
And these are but a few of the exceptional artists whose work fills Collette’s magnificent new gallery space. Stop by for a visit, dance with Diva, bring your paints and easel for a week-end workshop or get-away, or simply stroll the rooms and feast your eyes on word-class Art.
Visit www.johncollettefineart.com or stop by his new gallery space in Cashiers. Call (828 526-0339 for more information.