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My original 'Chasing Fireflies' painting is now the front and back cover of Kristin Hannah's novel Firefly Lane.
Thank you to Michael Storrings and the design team at St. Martin's Press / Macmillan Publishers.
NEW SHOW HAS LITTLE OF EVERYTHING AT B2 GALLERY
Also by Peigahi is a little 12-inch by 12-inch untitled landscape that is pseudo-pointillist but not as precise as the pointillism made famous by Georges Seurat. Above this painting is "Garden," an oil and monotype of about the same size with flowers depicted in large strokes as if the pointillist dots from the painting below have blossomed into fast strokes like a section ripped from a Van Gogh. His "Summer Day" has marvelously hot: orange, blue, pink and green colors. Near it is the hottest and best of his paintings, a Giclée print called "Fall" picturing a single line of trees with orange leaves on rolling hills that are almost the same color as the leaves. This is a stunning little painting.
Hiawatha D's acrylic-on-cotton-rag paintings of jazz musicians look more like illustrations than serious paintings, but they grow on you in a wonderful way. These musicians (as well as the people in all his other paintings) are almost genderless, and they don't have faces, hands or feet. They are decorative and nicely composed. His other paintings are scenes that have the feel of the jazz age. Among these is a matched pair, "Bastile" and "Love Forty" - a man in one painting and a woman in the other, seated in a bar with a wine glass and bottle on the table and their chins rested on see-through hands. The contours of these figures are nicely curvilinear, which is stylistically enhanced by the see-through aspect of the hands.
His other paintings depict groups of people in urban settings.
Fuller is showing a set of paintings of flowers with metal sheets screwed to the surface, combining delicate flower petals in transparent washes with minimalist abstract forms created by the metal sheets. The combination is original, startling and quite attractive.
Fitts' work is mostly abstract. She has nine paintings of expressive circles and lines and other highly gestural marks on fields of shallow, amorphous spaces and one outstanding landscape of a line of trees with almost identical clumps of orange leaves and sky and ground that look like the background on her abstracts but more nuanced. (I understand that my description of this painting might read like my earlier description of Peigahi's "Fall," but the only thing they have in common is that they are two of the best paintings in the show.
Gallagher's paintings of humorously surrealist bodies, faces, fish, octopi and mermaids are colorful and childlike, although I can see that to many viewers they may look ominous.
Knold is showing a group of paintings from her recent show at B2. They are all nice paintings, but not among her best. The richness of texture and the contrasts of thick-thin, opaque-transparent that is a trademark of much of Knold's paintings are not so much in evidence here. Weir's jewelry nicely combines tribal and contemporary looks with images such as faces and complex beadwork.
"Summer Pop Up at B2," 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, till 9 p.m. Third Thursdays, through Sept. 26, 711 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, 253.238.5065