Marc Ellen Hamel: “City Streets and Rural Paths”
During September Main Street Artists Gallery highlights the artwork of Marc Ellen Hamel in the Main Gallery. She is showing two distinct series of artwork that she has been focusing on in the past two years. “City Streets” is a series of framed monotypes on paper; “Rural Paths” is a group of abstract oil paintings on canvas. All of Hamel’s work shows a bold use of color that you are sure to enjoy.
The paintings in “Rural Paths” reflect the drenched colors, sunlit shadows, and quiet moments experienced in paths walked through the Plumas County countryside and in city parks and yards. These nature views are rendered not from photographs nor in plein air, but through recollection. Layers of paint, alternations of brushstroke and color, are used spontaneously, intuitively, until the thrill of the colors and shapes reimagine the sensations of walks in the countryside.
In “City Streets” there is a layered, rectilinear aesthetic that recalls the sidewalks, streets, and architectural elements seen in the burgeoning city-grid of San Francisco. In this series, Hamel uses the monotype process in a spontaneous, yet structured way, using the multiple-drop style. Several arrangements of visual elements are created and overlapped, with the paper sent through the press numerous times to reach the final composition.
Artwork by Visiting Artist James Gorman is also on view in the small room. James says of his work: “Walking through provocative natural landscapes inspires my artwork. Leaf texture, rock aspect, falling water, sky illumination, and the shapes in far distance qualify my visual language.”
Artwork by all MSAG members is also on view…. so much to enjoy!
Opening reception Friday, September 8, 5 – 7 pm
Meet the artists, see the artwork, enjoy refreshments.
Main Street Artists Gallery
436 Main Street
Quincy, CA 95971
Regular hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 11 – 5
Image featured on this page: Marc Ellen Hamel, Geranium Red, oil on panel, 15″ x 12″