In celebration of the official start of Bowersock Gallery's 15th season in Provincetown "Fifteen and Forward!" will feature a mix of new and longtime stable artists, with a smattering of guests.
"Fifteen and Forward!" opens with an artist's X June 21, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bowersock Gallery, 373 Commercial Street, Provincetown, Mass. The show runs through July 2.
"Our formula is simple, change and stay the same," Founding Curator Steve Bowersock says. "The fact we're still standing fifteen years later tells us to continue on course. Find the most qualified, individual and inspired artists, stand by them, and always keep an eye out for the best up and coming artists to add to the stable."
To that end Bowersock Gallery will open with its traditional stable collection, featuring artists that have been with them for fifteen years, along with latest finds.
The unifying element for the Gallery has never been a specific genre, style or medium, Bowersock says. It's always been about skill and vision.
"Our longtime artists confirm that," he says. "The latest collection of artists continue in that vein."
This show will formally introduce four artists, reintroduce one, and show the work of more than two dozen
The Boston based Kevin Kusiolek, is one of the gallery's most recent finds, Bowersock says. Kusiolek is known for his bold, evocative, city scapes depicting both modern and vintage urban street scenes.
Keeping to the palette knife style he's branched out to Provincetown and harbor scenes.
"When we saw his body of work. Kevin knows what he wants to say and has the skill set to make it happen. After seeing his body of work, we signed him on immediately," Bowersock says. "We believe our patrons will be as excited as we are with Kevin's skill and style."
Stanka Kordic is another newcomer to the gallery, but a seasoned award-winning artist, who has been exhibited throughout the US exhibits.
"Stanka takes us to in an entirely different direction, beautiful figures, done in an ethereal, dreamlike, style," Bowersock says. "She has a very distinct look, a perfect mesh of true tribute to the model and to the Artists individual style. She's been in the shop for mere weeks and is already attracting a lot of attention."
Brittany Hanes is a young emerging artist, a BFA Boston University graduate, who studied at La Scuola International di Grafica in Venice, and is currently a student at Academy Of Realist Art, Boston. Hanes is also winner of last year's Bowersock Realism exhibition. She was promised a spot on an exhibit, but walked away with a signed contract as one of the latest artists in the gallery's stable.
"I would encourage serious collectors to get in and take a good look at this young painter's work, and get on board early," Bowersock says. "We expect Brittany to became a gallery favorite, and quickly."
The show will also feature the blown glass work of Dylan Martinez, of Washington State.
"It's been a long time since we've had a glass blower's work," Bowersock says. "It's hard to find someone skilled at the art, but Dylan is just that. His work has already proven popular.
Bethany Peck, a landscape artist, will be a guest exhibitor for the show.
While all stable artists will be represented in the first show, there are a few featured.
"Catherine Nash is back! She's long been a popular artist in the gallery, but was unable to produce much over the past few years," Bowersock says. "This latest body of work is found object/mixed media, original painting. She's back and as intriguing as ever.
Also featured in the collective: Terry Rafferty's beautifully detailed still life paintings; Jane Adams's expressive, bold figurative work; and Gretchen Woodman will present new works from the series Metamophosis.
"We are thrilled and humbled by our 15 years. We've worked with incredible artist, and thoughtful, insightful patrons," Bowersock says. "We plan on continuing to honor both, by doing our best and offering the best. hopefully for many years to come.