717 Gallery Presents “Water Water Everywhere!” Exhibit by Louis Escobedo

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“Workman” 16×20 oil painting

Through December, 717 Gallery in Easton presents “Water Water Everywhere!” featuring paintings by Louis Escobedo, a nationally-recognized artist exclusively represented by the gallery. In this exhibit, Escobedo, with his striking use of color and composition, and eye for capturing the uncommon, he creates picturesque depictions of the Chesapeake Bay and other unique landscapes, waterways, and marine scenes.

Meet the artist at a gallery reception during First Friday Gallery Walk on December 2 from 5-8pm.

717 Gallery, located at 717 Goldsborough Street just off Route 50, is the gateway to Easton’s vibrant arts scene.The gallery is open Thursday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm, or by appointment. Additional parking is available across the street at The Country School. More information is available at 717gallery.com and on Facebook. Or contact Yolanda Escobedo by email, gallery717@yahoo.com, or phone 410.241.7020.

717 Gallery Presents “Water Water Everywhere!” Exhibit by Louis Escobedo

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“Anchored” 10×12 oil painting

Through November 25, 717 Gallery in Easton presents “Water Water Everywhere!”featuring paintings by Louis Escobedo, a nationally-recognized artist exclusively represented by the gallery. In this exhibit, Escobedo, with his striking use of color and composition, and eye for capturing the uncommon, has created picturesque depictions of the Chesapeake Bay’s unique landscapes, waterways, and marine scenes.

717 Gallery is pleased to announce that Louis Escobedo, a Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America (OPA), has been accepted from hundreds of applicants into two highly competitive OPA exhibitions. Escobedo’s painting “Salad” was accepted into the 2016 OPA Eastern Regional Exhibition of Traditional Oils, held at the Eisele Gallery of Fine Art in Cincinnati, Ohio through October 8, 2016. Another painting titled “12th Street” was accepted into this year’s OPA Salon Show of Traditional Oils, held at the Castle Gallery of Fine Art in Fort Wayne, Indiana through October 29, 2016.

Looking ahead, Escobedo returns to his Western roots with a special show, “Postcards from the West,” presented by 717 Gallery on November 4-9 at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

717 Gallery, located at 717 Goldsborough Street just off Route 50, is the gateway to Easton’s vibrant arts scene.The gallery is open Thursday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm, or by appointment. Parking is available across the street at The Country School. Please note: 717 Gallery will not be open for First Friday Gallery Walk on October 7.More information is available at 717gallery.com and on Facebook. Or contact Yolanda Escobedo by email, gallery717@yahoo.com, or phone 410.241.7020.

717 Gallery Announces Exhibitions by Louis Escobedo

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Dorsey’s House

Through September 29, 717 Gallery in Easton presents “Street Scenes: Life’s Mirror” featuring paintings by Louis Escobedo, a nationally-recognized artist exclusively represented by the gallery. The exhibition will include street scenes from the Eastern Shore, Philadelphia, New York and many other locations. From city skyscrapers to alley vignettes and village cottages, these vibrant streetscapes capture street scenes accented by eye-catching passersby, commuters and people at work.

717 Gallery is pleased to announce that Louis Escobedo, a Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America (OPA), has been accepted from hundreds of applicants into two highly competitive OPA exhibitions. Escobedo’s painting “Salad” was accepted into the 2016 OPA Eastern Regional Exhibition of Traditional Oils, which will be held at the Eisele Gallery of Fine Art in Cincinnati, Ohio from September 9 to October 8, 2016. Another painting titled “12th Street” was accepted into this year’s OPA Salon Show of Traditional Oils, which will be held at the Castle Gallery of Fine Art in Fort Wayne, Indiana from September 30 to October 29, 2016.

717 Gallery, located at 717 Goldsborough Street just off Route 50, is the gateway to Easton’s vibrant arts scene. The gallery is open Thursday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm, or by appointment. Parking is available across the street at The Country School. Please note: 717 Gallery will not be open for First Friday Gallery Walk on September 2, and the gallery will be closed September 15-17.More information is available at 717gallery.com and on Facebook. Or contact Yolanda Escobedo by email, gallery717@yahoo.com, or phone 410.241.7020.

717 Presents “Street Scenes: Life’s Mirror” Paintings by Louis Escobedo

Louis Escobedo Cape May 10x10 Oil

“Cape May” 10 x 10 oil

From August 5 to September 29, 717 Gallery in Easton presents “Street Scenes: Life’s Mirror” featuring paintings by Louis Escobedo, a nationally-recognized artist who is exclusively represented by the gallery. From city skyscrapers to alley vignettes and village cottages, these vibrant streetscapes capture street scenes accented by eye-catching passersby, commuters and blue collar workers. Meet the artist at an opening reception during Easton’s First Friday Gallery Walk on August 5 from 5-8pm.

Louis Escobedo has a unique talent for discovering art in so-called ordinary surroundings. Escobedo’s canvases turn everyday scenes into colorful reflections of streets, homes, and buildings.Part of the appeal of Escobedo’s paintings comes from his choice of surprising, otherwise overlooked subject matter. “I have a talent (or is it a curse?) for seeing art all around me, and then turning those scenes into paintings that draw in the viewer because they relate to the mirror of their own experiences.It all starts with shape and color and how the light reflects on the street,” he says. “That’s what illuminates the mundane and makes it exceptional.”

717 Gallery, located at 717 Goldsborough Street just off Route 50, is the gateway to Easton’s vibrant arts scene.The gallery is open Thursday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm, or by appointment. Parking is available across the street at The Country School. More information is available at 717gallery.com and on Facebook. Or contact Yolanda Escobedo by email, info@717gallery.com, or phone 410.241.7020.

717 Gallery International Artists Invitational Exhibition thru July 29

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“Sparkle and Light” by Nancy Franke

Through July 29, 2016, 717 Gallery in Easton presents its 3rd Annual International Artists Invitational Show. The walls of this bright, spacious gallery come alive with colorful, innovative artwork—evocative figures, still lifes, street scenes, and landscapes created by some of the best artists in the world. This year’s show features an outstanding selection of oil paintings by 14 exceptional artists:

Carolyn Anderson from Montana, Anne Blair Brown from Tennessee, John Michael Carter from Kentucky, Louis Escobedo from Maryland, Nancy Franke from Georgia, Damien Gonzales from New Mexico, Barbara Jaenicke from Oregon, Robert Johnson from Virginia, Huihan Liu from California, Jennifer McChristian from California, Tibor Nagy from Slovakia, Derek Penix from Oklahoma, Matt Smith from Arizona, and Peter Van Dyck from Pennsylvania.

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“Cloudburst” by Damien Gonzales

For the past year, 717 Gallery owners Louis and Yolanda Escobedo have studied and discussed which artists to include in this prestigious annual exhibition. “Louis and I are honored and excited to host this exhibition of beautiful and important modern realism paintings,” says Yolanda Escobedo. “This unique and inspiring show features some of the finest artists in world today, giving our clientele a rare opportunity to see this amazing collection. The show has been extremely popular and has generated a lot of attention among collectors.”

There will be a gallery reception on July 1, 2016 from 5-8pm during Easton’s First Friday Gallery Walk.

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“Quiet Path” by Huihan Liu

717 Gallery will be open during Plein Air Easton, which runs July 9-17. During Plein Air Easton, 717 Gallery will be open Monday, July 11 through Saturday, July 16 from 10am-5pm for the annual Yart Sale event with used picture frames, linen panels, rare art books and various art supplies for sale.

Located at 717 Goldsborough Street, 717 Gallery features nationally recognized artists and hosts invitational exhibitions and gallery events throughout the year. 717 Gallery is open Thursday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm, or by appointment.

More information is online at 717gallery.com and on Facebook. Or contact Yolanda Escobedo at gallery717@yahoo.com or 410.241.7020.

 

 

717 Gallery Opens International Invitational Show June 3

From June 3 to July 29, 2016, 717 Gallery in Easton, Maryland presents its 3rd Annual International Artists Invitational Show. The opening reception is on June 3 from 5-8pm during Easton’s First Friday Gallery Walk.

“Longing for Summer” by Jennifer McChristian

“Longing for Summer” by Jennifer McChristian

The walls of this bright, spacious gallery will come alive with colorful, innovative artwork—evocative figures, still lifes, street scenes, and landscapes created by some of the best artists in the world. This year’s show features an outstanding selection of oil paintings by 14 exceptional artists:

Carolyn Anderson from Montana, Anne Blair Brown from Tennessee, John Michael Carter from Kentucky, Louis Escobedo from Maryland, Nancy Franke from Georgia, Damien Gonzales from New Mexico, Barbara Jaenicke from Oregon, Robert Johnson from Virginia, Huihan Liu from California, Jennifer McChristian from California, Tibor Nagy from Slovakia, Derek Penix from Oklahoma, Matt Smith from Arizona, and Peter Van Dyck from Pennsylvania.

For the past year, 717 Gallery owners Louis and Yolanda Escobedo have studied and discussed which artists to include in this prestigious annual exhibition. “I am privileged to have leading nationally recognized artists accept the invitation to exhibit in this show,” says Yolanda Escobedo. “Our goal is to create a unique and inspiring show featuring some of the finest artists in world today, and to give our collectors a rare opportunity to see this amazing collection. Louis and I are honored and excited to host this exhibition of beautiful and important modern realism paintings.”

“Ripka Street Porches” by Peter Van Dyck

“Ripka Street Porches” by Peter Van Dyck

Louis and Yolanda Escobedo attended the 25th Anniversary Oil Painters of America (OPA) National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils on May 14, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. From a field of 2,500 submissions, only 250 artists were selected to participate in this prestigious event. The Escobedos were thrilled to be present when five artists from 717 Gallery’s International Artists Invitational Show received awards. Derrick Penix received the highest honor, the Gold Medal award, which included a $30,000 prize, for his painting titled “Spade Fish.” Huihan Liu won the Gold Medal award in the Master Signature Division for his painting titled “At Mt. Tangulla Pass, Northern Tibet.” John Michael Carter, also an OPA Master Signature Member won Most Original Award of Excellence for his painting titled “Chalice.” Anne Blair Brown received the Silver Anniversary Award of Excellence for her painting titled “Sunny Disposition.” Other accepted artists from the 717 Gallery International Artists Invitational were Louis Escobedo, Damien Gonzalez, Robert Johnson and Jennifer McChristian.

Located at 717 Goldsborough Street, 717 Gallery features nationally recognized artists and hosts invitational exhibitions and gallery events throughout the year. 717 Gallery is open Thursday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm, or by appointment.

More information is online at 717gallery.com and on Facebook. Or contact Yolanda Escobedo at gallery717@yahoo.com or 410.241.7020.

717 Gallery Features ‘Winter Exhibtion’ of New Paintings by Louis Escobedo

Thru March 2016 – 717 Gallery presents “Winter Exhibition,” featuring new paintings by Louis Escobedo, a nationally-recognized artist exclusively represented by 717 Gallery. The exhibit includes pieces from the secondary market, including paintings by Zhang Win Xin, Carolyn Anderson, Ramon Kelly, and other artists.

717 Gallery is located at 717 Goldsborough Street in Easton, Maryland. The gallery is open Thursday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm, or by appointment. (717 Gallery will be closed February 5 and 6.) More information is available at 717gallery.com and on Facebook. Or contact Yolanda Escobedo by email at gallery717@yahoo.com or phone 410.241.7020.

“Local Depot” by Louis Escobedo

“Local Depot” by Louis Escobedo

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717 Gallery Presents “Shapes & Harmony” Solo Show by Louis Escobedo

'San Diego Shore' by Louis Escobedo

‘San Diego Shore’ by Louis Escobedo

On September 4, 717 Gallery opens “Shapes & Harmony,” a solo show featuring new works by Louis Escobedo, a nationally-recognized artist exclusively represented by 717 Gallery. Meet the artist at an opening reception on September 4 from 5-8pm during Easton’s First Friday Gallery Walk. The show runs through October 31.

Escobedo was born in Sweetwater, Texas, and received a BFA in Advertising Art from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. During his time as an illustrator, he received a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators in New York in 1981 and other awards from many organizations. In 1985, he shifted his professional focus, moving from illustration to fine art.

During his fine art career, Escobedo has exhibited in galleries across the United States, including California, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Illinois, Virginia, and Maryland.

Escobedo has received many awards for his artwork, including the 2014 Gold Medal in the 23rd Oil Painters of America (OPA) National Juried Exhibition Associate/Signature Division for his painting “Light Source,” which won from a field of 2,300 artists. The award included a cash prize of $25,000. He is one of only two painters to have received the OPA Gold Medal award twice in this division.

'News Report' by Louis Escobedo

‘News Report’ by Louis Escobedo

Escobedo will exhibit a painting in the first-ever Virtuosos of the OPA Exhibition to be held at the prestigious Salmagundi Club, one of America’s oldest art clubs, located in the heart of New York City. The opening reception is September 17, 2015, from 6-8pm.

Extracting extraordinary, often overlooked, scenes from within life’s busy pace is one of Escobedo’s fortes. How does he derive his diverse ideas? “It all begins with shapes,” he reveals. He begins by sketching shapes on a blank canvas, then adds color, ultimately blending to soft edges and a finished piece. “To me a successful painting is all about shapes and harmony,” he says. “I prefer to reach for scenes that convey a sense of synchronization. I strive to make paintings that look beyond the physical makeup of the subject, and excel with dramatic lighting and tremendous depth.”

Escobedo endeavors to capture the spirit of the moment in a painting. “A highly detailed painting that lacks feeling can leave me cold,” he admits. “I’d rather finish the painting at the earliest point, as soon as the essence becomes evident—at the exact place where a shape becomes an object. I’m not as interested in a literal representation; I’m more inspired by artistic harmony. I don’t want to just make a saleable painting; I want to evoke a feeling about the subject, even a very ordinary one. We are so busy these days that we miss a lot of what is happening around us,” he says. “I am fortunate to have the ability to put it down on canvas and make it interesting and appealing.”

Located at 717 Goldsborough Street, 717 Gallery is the gateway to the arts in Easton from Route 50. Additional parking is available across the street at the Country School. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:30am to 5:00pm, or by appointment.

More information about Louis Escobedo is available at louisescobedo.com or at 717gallery.com and on Facebook. Or contact Yolanda Escobedo by email, info@717gallery.com, or phone 410.241.7020.

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717 Gallery’s 2nd Annual National Artists Invitational Show Continues

“Village Neighbors” by John Michael Carter (Best of Show)

“Village Neighbors” by John Michael Carter (Best of Show)

The walls of this bright, spacious gallery are alive with colorful, innovative artwork—evocative figures, still lifes, street scenes, and landscapes created by some of America’s best artists. This year’s National Artists Invitational Show features 14 nationally-known artists from across the country.

The following artists are featured in this exhibition: Carolyn Anderson from Montana, John Michael Carter from Kentucky, Nancy Seamons Crookston from California, Howard Friedland from Montana, Peggi Kroll-Roberts from California, Robert Lemler from Arizona, Paul Mullally from Washington, Charles Movalli from Massachusetts, Ned Mueller from Washington, Laura Robb from New Mexico, Ray Roberts from California, Randall Sexton from California, Matt Smith from Arizona, and Kevin Weckbach from Colorado.

Gallery director Yolanda Escobedo says artists and collectors appreciate the gallery’s multidimensional appeal and diversity. “I am honored to have some of the leading artists in America exhibit in this prestigious show.”

717 Gallery presented four awards for the exhibition. Nationally‑recognized artist Louis Escobedo, who is exclusively represented by 717 Gallery, served as the curator. Awards went to:

Best of Show – “Village Neighbors” 16×12 oil by John Michael Carter from Kentucky

Award of Excellence – “Pansies & Geraniums” 11×8 oil by Laura Robb from New Mexico

Award of Excellence – “Mill Creek Ice” 14×15 oil by Matt Smith from Arizona

People’s Choice Award – “Arrangement in Blue” 14×11 oil by Laura Robb from New Mexico

Located at 717 Goldsborough Street, this bright, spacious gallery features nationally recognized artists and hosts the invitational exhibition and gallery events throughout the year. 717 Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10:30am to 5:00pm, or by appointment.

On Monday through Thursday, July 13-18 from 10am-4pm during Plein Air Easton, the gallery will hold the annual “Yart Sale” making picture frames, linen panels, and various art supplies available for sale. Artists and art enthusiasts are encouraged to stop by the gallery to see the National Artists Invitational Exhibition and to shop for art supplies during these extended hours.

More information is online at 717gallery.com and on Facebook. Or contact Yolanda Escobedo at info@717gallery.com or 410.241.7020.

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717 Gallery Continues “Urban Landscapes and Quiet Moments” Through May 31

“Persimmon Pop” by Chris Wilke

“Persimmon Pop” by Chris Wilke

During the month May, Gallery 717 continues its latest exhibit, “Urban Landscapes and Quiet Moments,” featuring paintings by Louis Escobedo and Chris Wilke. This exceptional duo show highlights urban life and overlooked moments and objects. The show runs through May 31.

The two exceptional artists redefine the “ordinary” world with their remarkable ability to transform often unnoticed subjects—passersby on bustling streets, restaurant workers, construction sites, a cozy house trailer, kumquats—into intriguing works of art. Step back from life’s busy pace, and marvel in a second chance to appreciate overlooked slices life that have been captured on colorful canvases.

During his extensive fine art career, Louis Escobedo has exhibited his work across the United States, including galleries in California, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Illinois, Virginia, and Maryland. He has received many awards, most recently the 2014 Gold Medal in the 23rd Oil Painters of America (OPA) National Juried Exhibition Master Signature Division, and will conduct a demonstration at OPA’s 24th National Exhibition & Convention in St. Augustine, Florida, in May.

“City Streets” by Louis Escobedo

“City Streets” by Louis Escobedo

“Since I left Colorado,” Escobedo says, “I no longer have Western landscapes to paint. These big old buildings are now my mountains, and the avenues, streets and roads are my mountain streams. Whether I’m painting mountain landscapes or city streetscapes, I’m looking at things as abstract forms. They’re all still shapes and colors and values. Regardless of the so-called ordinariness of the subject matter, I use a trained eye to create paintings that capture the beauty and delight of the world around us.”

Chris Wilke is an Eastern Shore native of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and a longtime artist who works in watercolor, graphite, and oils. She is a collector of art and antiques. Wilke says, “I take great pleasure in the quiet moments of the still life. Each painting is a meditation in color and light, reflecting the diversity of everyday life.”

Louis Escobedo and Chris Wilke are exclusively represented by 717 Gallery.

Be sure to save the date for the opening of 717 Gallery’s 2nd Annual National Invitational Show featuring 14 nationally recognized artists: Carolyn Anderson, John Michael Carter, Nancy Seamons Crookston, Howard Friedland, Peggi Kroll-Roberts, Robert Lemler, Paul Mullally, Charles Movalli, Ned Mueller, Laura Robb, Ray Roberts, Randall Sexton, Matt Smith, and Kevin Weckbach. Meet artists at an opening reception on June 5 from 5-8pm during Easton’s First Friday Gallery Walk.

Located at 717 Goldsborough Street (across the street from the Country School), 717 Gallery is the gateway to the arts in Easton from Route 50. Additional parking is available at the Country School. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10:30am to 5:00pm, or by appointment. More information is available at www.717gallery.com and on Facebook. Or contact Yolanda Escobedo by email, info@717gallery.com, or phone 410.241.7020.

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