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    On a recent episode of 30 Rock, living a day well was referred to as "Reaganing".  Well, Steve Penley has also been "Reaganing" in the past few months in preparation for his soon-to-be-released book "Ronald Reagan: The American Ideal".  The book celebrates the life of Reagan and his influence on our nation.  A selection of paintings from the book will be on view in The 15th Anniversary Show, opening Friday November 12, 2010, from 7 - 9 p.m.  Steve Penley will be in attendance at the opening.

    view Steve Penley's paintings of Ronald Reagan

    view more works by Steve Penley




    Time-lapse video of a Steve Penley painting of Ronald Reagan in progress.


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  • 11/03/10--19:20: The 15th Anniversary Show
  • The 15th Anniversary Show  

    Please Join Us For An Evening Of Celebration
    Friday, November 12, 2010
    7 - 9 p.m.


    featuring recent works by:  
    Jane Filer  •  Megan Lightell  •  Robert Matre  •  Steve Penley  •  Lu Steed

    and introducing: Otto Lange

    also on view:
    Christian Bradley West
    select works from his recent solo exhibition


    More about The 15th Anniversary Show:




    Steve Penley
    will be exhibiting paintings of Ronald Reagan that will be featured in his upcoming book "Ronald Reagan: The American Ideal".  Also on view will be new landscapes, flower paintings and other iconic portraits.





    Jane Filer
    's paintings are full of energy and a zest for life.  Her highly narrative works reveal layers of surprise, and the vibrant use of color lends an air of excitement.




    Megan Lightell
    's landscapes possess both sophistication and comfort.  Her unique palette, subtle brushwork and sense of composition bring a sense of calmness and mood to her paintings.





    Lu Steed
    offers a brand new series that features a mix of vintage family photographs and her distinct style of landscape painting.  It is refreshing to see Lu continue to experiment with new concepts and alternative processes, and her new series is sure to make a bold impact.




    Robert Matre
    's "I Shot A Hundred" installation will be on view, featuring photographs from his Golf Viewing series from 2003 - 2010.  The show will also feature images from his recent trip to document many of the great links courses of Ireland and Scotland.





    Otto Lange
    will be making his Matre Gallery debut, and we are excited to welcome him to our roster of artists.  A pop art sensibility, quirky charm and amazing skill all come together in his vivid paintings that compel and entertain.

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    Wine for the opening reception of The 15th Anniversary Show will be provided by J.R. CARTER WINE CELLARS, featuring artwork by Steve Penley on the label. 

    Not yet available for purchase in Georgia, J.R. Carter will offer bottles for sale at the opening reception on the evening of November 12.  You can also purchase online at jrcarterwine.com

    One thing's for certain, this will be the best wine served at a Matre Gallery opening in its 15 years history!




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  • 11/04/10--10:56: Otto Lange Video | Batman
  • Fun video from new gallery artist Otto Lange.  Meet Otto at the opening for The 15th Anniversary Show.


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  • 11/08/10--14:19: Contemplating Jane Filer

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    Congratulations to Megan Lightell for being selected to appear on the Art Of Day blog a couple of days ago, which features artists in all media from around the country.

    Megan states:

    I was born in 1979 and raised in rural Coshocton County, Ohio, and no matter where I live, I will probably always be painting from the memory of those gently rolling hills of fields.  After spending a few years in New York getting my B.F.A. at the School of Visual Arts, I was ready for a return to the natural environment, and my work took an unexpected turn to landscape.  This subject has felt like home to me ever since.

    Megan Lightell's landscape paintings will be featured in The 15th Anniversary Show, opening Friday, November 12, 2010.

    view more works by Megan Lightell


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  • 11/25/10--08:47: Black & White Friday
  • Matre Gallery will be open from 11 - 5 on Friday, November 26, 2010.  In addition to The 15th Anniversary Show, which continues through December 6, a selection of works in black & white will be on view in our own twist on Black Friday.


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    Steve Penley  |  Statue Of Liberty  |  acrylic on canvas  |  36 x 36 inches


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  • 12/06/10--09:28: The December Show
  • The December Show

    Please Join Us For A Festive Evening
    Friday, December 17, 2010
    7 - 9 p.m.


    featuring works by:

    Jonathan Fenske  •  Jane Filer   •  Otto Lange  •  Megan Lightell
    Robert Matre
      •  Steve Penley  •  Lu Steed  •  Christian Bradley West

    and introducing: William Goodman & Rachel Phillips



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    Six new drawings just arrived from Jonathan Fenske, and they will be featured in The December Show, opening Friday, December 17, fom 7 - 9 p.m. 

    Jonathan Fenske has been busy the last few months working on a children's book that should be released in 2011.  More details on the book project will follow soon.

    view all new drawings by Jonathan Fenske


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    From Sean Hotchkiss at The Khaki Crusader:

    "Rob Matre is an Atlanta-based golf photographer and gallery owner.  He also happens to be simply nuts about the game. I’ve been admiring his work for sometime via his website, but a character so heavily entrenched in his respective fields – that man must surely be a good interview.  I’ll admit it was actually some photographs Rob took of he and his buddies playing golf in the snow that pushed me to reach out. Creative types always seem to say the right things and this Q+A is no disappointment.  In fact, I’ve now read this piece several times and have enjoyed it more on each occasion. I’m guessing that you will as well…"

    Read the entire interview at khakicrusader.com

    view photographs by Robert Matre


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    PLEASE JOIN US FOR A SPECIAL EVENING WITH

    STEVE PENLEY

    TO CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF HIS NEW BOOK

    RONALD REAGAN AND THE AMERICAN IDEAL


    WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2010
    6 - 8 P.M.


    RECENT WORKS WILL BE ON VIEW AND STEVE PENLEY WILL BE SIGNING BOOKS




    Ronald Reagan And The American Ideal
    by Steve Penley
    Foreword by Newt Gingrich

    "We have every right to dream heroic dreams. Those who say we are in a time when there are no heroes; they just don't know where to look." 

    Ronald Reagan


    In these beautiful pages you will find a book not just about Ronald Reagan, but bold colors and our fundamental American ideals. Steve Penley’s bold and vibrant portraits depict Ronald Reagan at every stage of his storybook life, our nation’s founding fathers, and many of the distinctly American icons we most revere. You will also see and read about Reagan’s call to return America to our founding principles, which form our foundation and have sustained our American family through the best and worst chapters of our history.

    Steve’s book is also a call to action, to both our elected leaders and all American citizens concerned for the future of our country. It is a call to not merely repeat the words of the Great Communicator, but to make them manifest in our own lives. A nation united behind the goal of keeping lit the flames of liberty will achieve Ronald Reagan’s vision of America as a Shining City, visible in even the darkest corners of Earth, where anyone can achieve their dreams.

    Hardcover: 168 pages
    58 Color Images, 23 Black/White Images
    Publisher: Looking Glass Books
    (December 2010)
    Language: English
    ISBN: 978-1-929619-41-2
    Product Dimensions: 11.2" x 8.6"
    Price: $40.00

    preview:




















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  • 12/24/10--06:39: Elf On Duty
  • Matre Gallery will be open Christmas Eve from 9 a.m until 3 p.m.

    We wish you all the joys of Christmas!


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    Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and the only thing better than flowers are...flower paintings!  Here are a few good choices for an extra-special gift.


    Steve Penley
    Flowers
    acrylic on canvas
    30 x 30 inches






    Otto Lange
    Cherry
    oil on panel
    20 x 20 inches







    Jane Filer
    Peacock & Kitty
    acrylic on canvas
    38 x 38 inches







    Lu Steed
    Flowers
    mixed media
    18 x 24 inches









    Megan Lightell
    Morning Creek
    oil on canvas 
    48 x 48 inches







    Rachel Phillips
    Field Notes, No. 3
    mixed media
    13 x 16 inches framed



    Richard Painter
    Confirmed
    charred wood
    45 x 45 inches







    Marc Yankus
    Trees In Burgundy
    archival pigment print
    17 x 11 inches




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    Steve Penley is featured in The National ReviewBrian Bolduc says "Steve Penley...is an artist with a mission: to help his fellow Americans appreciate their country."


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    New gallery artist William Goodman was recently featured in The Charleston City Paper.

    Erica Jackson Curran writes:

    "While Goodman's creation process is admittedly mindless at times, his collages reflect a fascination with the past that's demonstrated in much of his work. Like his photography and mixed-media pieces, the collages have a sexy, cheeky, and sometimes glamorous air. They're layered, colorful, and complex, with snippets of words reflecting a deeper meaning as well as Goodman's love for typography. As with his other mediums, beautiful women often make appearances in the collages — mostly prim and pretty housewives, with the occasional disrobed alter ego making an appearance."

    William just recently made his Matre Gallery debut in The December Show of 2010, exhibiting three small mixed media paintings.  Last weekend he made the drive from his hometown of Jackson, MS, and delivered eight large paintings.  William's work brings an edgy energy to the gallery and we are excited to add him to our roster of artists.

             

    view works by William Goodman

    read Erica Jackson Curran's article in The Charleston City Paper


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    On view this month is a nice mix of Matre Gallery artists.  We are excited about the move to our new space.  Until then, we look forward to seeing you at our current location. 





    view more photos of our current installtion


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    Douglas Schneider?, Hurricane, oil on canvas, 72 x 60 inches
    view image in HD


    view more works by Douglas Schneider


    Artist Statement

    My work is based on self exploration and historical archaeology.  Autobiographical references are blended with contemporary and historical photographs to arrive at a recognizable universality.  I use non-sequential relationships, separating cause from effect in order to deal with clusters of thoughts and ideas, rather than presenting linear narratives.

    Delicately drawn figures of animals and objects are layered over expressive, sometimes violent brushstrokes.  Elements of duality are found throughout the paintings.  I play with seeming opposites, some of which are readily apparent, some obscure.  For example, the opposite of abstract expressionism might be a delicate line drawing to offset the original bravado of the brushstroke.  I'm constantly looking for imagery or styles of painting that seem to oppose the last image or style.  The use of push-pull dynamics and the occasional use of illusionistic perspective against raw expressionistic brushwork gives the impression of being able to look deep into the canvas only to be thrust back to the surface.

    The work deals with the role of the artist as well as with the subject matter itself.  Painting is a medium of subjective representation.   Different idioms carry different powers according to their placement in art historically.

    I work improvisationally with different idioms and forms of representation directly on the canvas letting the painting itself dictate the next step.

    I use photo representations, vintage photos, personal photos, documentary film stills and images from life.  All of these form incomplete memories and imperfect representations, carrying their own preconceptions and limitations.  In a way these paintings mirror history in that they are driven by incomplete information and subjective readings.

    I work in combinations of deconstructed images from varying sources in film like montage critical of representation and its various limitations.   I start with an overall concept and direction, but then something else happens in the process, something that illuminates the visual memory and establishes the right constellations, an intuitive, overall view of the elements, levels, dreams, memories, quotations, persons, colors and divisions.

    I sketch the first visual ideas loosely onto the canvas, setting up little more than structural organization.  Every further step toward solidification is also put directly onto the canvas.  That means a work's final form is always based on the format and the correlation between action and creative thought, allowing things to happen, as if in a trance and then intervening in the internal logic of the image.   This procedure is simultaneously exciting and full of risks, it constantly operates with the unknown and brings to light the mysterious uncensored ingredients of the past and the present.


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    Matre Gallery Announces Its Move To:

    650 Miami Circle
    Suites 1 & 2
    Atlanta, GA 30324

    T 404.812.9520


    We are now open for business in Suite 2, featuring a small gallery space along with our rack room and offices.  Gallery hours remain Tuesday - Saturday from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    The construction on the primary exhibition space in Suite 1 is now in progress. 
    Please stay tuned for the announcement of the Grand Opening Reception in June 2011.

    We would like to thank all of our patrons, artists & friends for supporting us for 16 years on Bennett Street and we look forward to many great years in our new home on Miami Circle.

    We hope to see you there soon!





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    www.miamicircleshops.com


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