There is a fresh burst of color at Gallery on the Avenue, with a spring exhibit that includes Christopher Ward's life-sized psychedelic llama, and more.
There is a fresh burst of color at Gallery on the Avenue, which is now showing a spring exhibit that includes Christopher Ward's life-sized psychedelic llama, Noelle Wister's oil portrait, "Maria with Violin," and Chestnut Hill landscapes by Judy McCabe Jarvis.
Wister's centerpiece portrait of Maria with her violin is striking for its vivid colors and the subject's riveting blue eyes. Their penetrating gaze blends seamlessly with the folds of the musician's long cerulean gown and adds a haunting luminosity to her beauty. Wister is well-known for her landscapes, often of Mount Desert Island and the harbors of Maine, as well compelling still lifes of flowers and fruit.
Also debuting at the gallery this month is an arresting collection of new bronze works by Chestnut Hill artist Christopher Ward.
The centerpiece of this work, "Bronze Llama in Technicolor," is a whimsical commissioned lifesize bronze llama in psychedelic colors blowing a balloon. The llama will stand in the gallery for a short time until delivered to its new owner.
Ward is an accomplished bronze portrait artist whose commissioned works include "Bronze Ballerina," a tribute to the French impressionist painter Edgar Degas and the coming of spring. An American who grew up in Iran, Ward also has created a bronze tribute to the women's protests spawned by the death of Masha Amini by the brutal "morality police," entitled "Zan, Zendigi, Azidi," which translates to “Women, Life, Freedom.” This bronze depicts a young woman symbolizing the regeneration of nature and rebirth, and is a symbol of the courage required to stand up to tyranny.
Local artist Judy McCabe Jarvis has created a stunning series of plein air paintings featuring Chestnut Hill properties along Germantown Avenue as well as scenes in Fairmount Park, all in vivid impressionistic colors. Among her recent works are the buildings of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, the William Penn Charter School and St. Joseph's Preparatory School as well as views of City Hall and the flags along the Parkway.
Gallery on the Avenue, at 8622 Germantown Ave., is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.