“Andrea Kowch: Into the Wind” opens on Saturday, August 26, 2017 with an Opening Reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Kowch is expected to attend. The artist is based in Michigan, whose rural landscapes and worn farmhouses are frequent settings for lives imagined in her figurative paintings. An American Magical Realist, Kowch's paintings are frequently compared to those by Andrew Wyeth.
“Andrea Kowch: Into the Wind” presents some of the most realistically rendered paintings to date by the artist and some of the smallest works. One pair of paintings measures 8 x 8 inches each; another set features paintings of 10 x 10 inches. While these paintings are intimate in size, the tales told are just as expansive as the larger paintings Kowch is known for.
The paintings are made using models who are a trio of close friends of Kowch. Their faces almost feel as familiar as family to long-standing fans of Kowch's work. In the exhibition, both farmland and sea scenes provide settings for human dramas to unfold in the new works on view.
On view in adjacent gallery spaces are paintings by gallery artists that include Margo Selski, Rick Garland, Jackee Sandelands-Strom, Drew Ernst, Gabriel Moreno and others. An exhibition of new paintings by Columbian artist and poet Armando Valero is presented in the adjacent front gallery. “El Viento Inquieto” includes five vibrant figurative paintings.