The Great Escape
Summer in Phoenix reminds us all that we all need to escape every once in awhile. Come escape to Chartreuse Gallery at 1301 Grand Avenue for the “The Great Escape,” which will run July 7-21.
“The Great Escape” features the artwork of Rick Naimark, downtown resident and emerging artist. Naimark’s colorful contemporary paintings are full of motion, texture, and shape, and are escapes in and of themselves. Naimark takes and deconstructs simple themes and shapes into abstractions to delight the eye and challenge the mind. Come enjoy his abstract landscapes and sometimes subtly ironic creations that are based on the natural environment, the urban landscape, and current events.
Using mostly acrylics, Naimark almost never sits down or touches a paintbrush, instead uses spatulas and other non-traditional methods of applying paint and other media. The goal: create complex character and illuminant blends of color embodying the intensity and complexity of Arizona, urban life in Phoenix, and our increasingly complex world.
After 40+ years of focusing his artistic efforts in the musical arena – playing the piano and singing – Naimark expanded his horizons by taking a painting class as an “empty nester” strategy. “I took to it naturally and gravitated immediately to creating large, abstract pieces based on ideas and experiences from my 30-year career in city management, the natural and urban landscape in Phoenix, and daily happenings that inspire new themes. There’s so much to paint about and so many techniques to explore, so it’s been a productive and abundant endeavor.”
July 7, 2017 6 – 10 p.m. First Friday Opening Reception—Save the Wurth House!!
Music will be provided by Alan Jones. All proceeds from sales of Naimark’s works on First Friday and throughout the show, including a few that will be included in a silent auction, will benefit the restoration of the historic Wurth House, an historic home rescued from the bulldozer and moved to corner of 4th St. and Roosevelt.
July 21, 2017, 6 – 10 p.m., Third Friday Reception