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TOURIST NEWS, AUGUST 15, 2013
The Sharpe Gallery Features Michael Guinane
by Steve Hrehovcik
Balance may be the most important and delicate design challenge facing an artist when creating a work of art. Balance is also a key element that Tracey Sharpe brings to her gallery – The Sharpe Gallery at 21 Western Avenue in Kennebunk Lower Village. She says her gallery exhibits “fine art with an edge.”
Sharpe’s passion for art led her to open her gallery in 2011, an endeavor that she balances with her other career as a researcher in the financial industry. “Ever since I can re-member I wanted to be an artist,” says Sharpe, “but life got in the way. I wound up working in finance and am grateful for this experience because it taught me how to run a business. I’m an analytical person so I appreciate what it takes to balance my love of art and to manage the gallery."
While Sharpe admits she has a preference for abstract and impressionistic art, she seeks to balance art in the gallery with new and innovative styles and subjects. This openness led to her accidental discovery of artist Michael Guinane. Last February Sharpe featured Guinane’s works in a “Valentine’s Day Nude Art Exhibition.” She was so impressed with his work, she asked Guinane if she could represent him.
The reaction of Sharpe Gallery visitors to Guinane’s work convinced her that Guinane merited a special show. From Saturday, August 17, through Saturday, August 31, the Sharpe Gallery will feature 27 of Guinane’s works. There will be an artist’s reception on the opening day from 5 to 7 PM. The public is invited to meet Guinane and view his paintings.
Sharpe says, “When people see Michael’s imposing style and the amount of work he has produced, they are surprised to learn he is only 33 years old. His ability to capture people in a turn of the century setting creates a nostalgic and peaceful feeling. He works from archival photographs to research expressions on faces, subtle gestures, clothing and surroundings."
by Michael Guinane
One of Guinane’s prominent themes is crowd scenes – such as on the beach or in city streets. The women wear long flowing dresses, and the men wear suits and straw hats. His ability to capture facial expressions with minimum detail adds to a sense of a time gone by.
Guinane creates sensitive moods and feelings by working in watercolor and water-based paints. Using multiple washes he creates layers that give a sense of depth and invite viewers to discover a personal meaning to the painting. He enjoys portraying people at work and play. Subjects range from brick layers to ice skaters and motorcycles racers. He creates thoughtful moods with winter scenes, parks, city streets, ballet dancers, beaches and action at sea. His innovative use of perspective helps to make Guinane’s paintings distinctive.
Guinane shares his idea of how his interpretation of time influences his work. He says, “All time is made up of different moments. Whether they are grand and remembered forever or small and easily forgotten, these make up our lives. Capturing these scenes and taking the viewer to one place in a single moment in time is what inspires me to create these works."
He pays a special homage to Andrew Wyeth, whose works he admires. Guinane writes in his blog, “While on a trip to Maine, I was able to visit the Olson house, made famous by Andrew Wyeth’s paintings and drawings. The most well known of these is Christina’s World. It was an inspiring place for an artist to visit and I would recommend this place to any Wyeth fan. Being in and around the house was like walking into his work. You can really get a sense of how his work was formed from each space.”
Guinane lives in Columbus, Ohio, and works from vintage photos and reference photos he takes himself. He earned his BFA in illustration in 2000 from The Columbus College of Art and Design. He is among the 20 emerging and well-known artists represented by the Sharpe Gallery. The intimate setting allows viewers to enjoy their artwork in oils, acrylic, pastel, watercolor and gouache.
Sharpe has a philosophical view on the importance of art and one of the reasons she opened her gallery. Sharpe says, “Imagine how empty your life would be without art, music, theater, films or other art forms. I don’t think artists get the respect they deserve for the powerful impact they have in our lives. That’s why my biggest commitment is to have the artists I represent succeed.”
Sharpe moved to New England from California. She went to high school in Vermont and spent a major portion of her adult life in Boston. She studied art photography and graduated from Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts, in 1989 with a degree in political science and economics. In 2007 she decided to “downsize” and settled in a home in Cape Porpoise, which she shares with her cocker spaniel, named Sir London. The gallery is located at the intersection of routes 9 and 35, behind Mornings in Paris Café. Gallery hours are 11 AM to 5 PM daily. For information about Guinane visit www.michaelguinane.com.
PORTLAND PRESS HERALD, FEBRUARY 16, 2012
Figurative Nude Art Exhibition
by Bob Keyes
Lady in Red
by Michael Guinane
When Tracey Sharpe told a friend about an exhibition of paintings of nudes at her Kennebunk gallery, the friend raised his eyebrows and said, "That sounds racy."
The response surprised Sharpe. "I think it's exactly opposite," said Sharpe. "A painting of a nude is not pornographic or sexual. It is art."
The Sharpe Gallery, 21 Western Ave., Kennebunk, is showing about 60 paintings or drawings of the human figure through Monday. Sharpe timed the show to coincide with Valentine's Day, because nothing suggests love and passion quite like the naked human body. "It's a classic art form," she said. "Artists have been painting nudes for a long time."
Among them is Portland painter Francine Schrock. She is best known for her landscapes and seascapes, but readily accepted the challenge of painting nudes. As part of her art training in college, she learned to draw nudes. She has four paintings and one drawing in the show.
"I feel a kind of similar excitement about painting the figure as I do any other imagery that excites me," Schrock said. "People like landscapes. That's what they buy. A figurative
painting is a harder sell, which is why you don't see as many of them. But it's very rewarding. It's very sensual and intimate. You are entering someone else's private world, and presenting how they feel about their body. To present it as art is really a gift."
Sharpe opened her gallery last spring. She planned to close for winter, but the nudes show made sense to coincide with Valentine's week. She is open only through Monday, then will close again until spring.
PORTLAND PRESS HERALD, SEPTEMBER 11, 2011
Galleries for Viewing as Well as Buying (excerpt)
by Jennifer Brewer
Southern Maine has long been a mecca for lovers and collectors of fine art. Most of York County's coastal towns have at least one art gallery, and the Kennebunks and Ogunquit have dozens, often within walking distance of one another.
Tracey Sharpe, who opened The Sharpe Gallery in Kennebunk Lower Village this year, also welcomes the non-buying public. "I want people to feel comfortable just coming in, relaxing and looking. There can never be too much appreciation of art," she says.
Sharpe notes that, possibly because her gallery is next to a toy store and an ice cream shop, she gets many visits from parents with their children, whose preferences she enjoys observing. "They tend to be attracted to abstract works," she says, which she attributes to their unfettered imagination. "As adults we like to label everything. (But) with abstract pieces, every time you look you see something different."
If looking should become buying, gallery owners have a wealth of knowledge to share, starting with assurance that original art doesn't always come with a hefty price tag. "You can buy a painting that fits your budget," says Sharpe. "Less expensive doesn't necessarily mean less valuable -- it might be a smaller piece or one by an emerging artist. As artists become established, their work becomes more coveted and prices go up. It's supply and demand."