Urban Landscapes & Quiet Moments: An Exhibit at 717 Gallery

“Philadelphia from the Balcony” by Louis Escobedo

“Philadelphia from the Balcony” by Louis Escobedo

On April 3, Gallery 717 opens a new 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. Escobedo and Wilke will attend an opening reception on April 3 from 5-8pm during Easton’s First Friday Gallery Walk. Meet the artists and experience their expertise and insight into the fascinating world of creating art inspired by everyday life.

One remarkable talent of these two artists is their ability to transform ordinary, often unnoticed subjects—city buildings, restaurant workers, construction sites, a cozy house trailer, kumquats—into intriguing works of art. These paintings give the viewer a second chance to slow down and savor slices of life that are often overlooked.

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.

“Since I left Colorado,” Escobedo says, “I no longer have mountain scenes and streams to paint. These big old buildings are now my mountains, and the avenues, streets and roads are my 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.”

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. “Urban Landscape and Quiet Moments” opens April 3, during Easton’s First Friday Gallery Walk.

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.

“Baby Blue Points” by Chris Wilke

“Baby Blue Points” by Chris Wilke

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717 Gallery Announces Modified Gallery Walk Schedule

(c) Louis Escobedo 'Pink House' Oil 20x16

“Pink House” by Louis Escobedo

Beginning this year, 717 Gallery in Easton will modify its participation in Easton’s First Friday Gallery Walk. Rather than being open every month during First Friday Gallery Walk, the gallery will participate when a new show opens, which will occur on four First Fridays throughout the upcoming year.

The 2015 exhibit schedule is shown below, along with 717’s Gallery Walk dates.

Through April 1 – New paintings by Louis Escobedo and Chris Wilke, along with paintings on consignment from Escobedo’s personal collection. Stop by during gallery hours or by appointment to view this fascinating exhibit.

April 3 – May 30, 2015 – “Urban Landscape and Quiet Moments,” featuring specially selected works by Louis Escobedo and Chris Wilke. An opening reception will be held during First Friday Gallery Walk on Friday,
April 3.

June 5 – July 31, 2015 – 717 Gallery National Invitational Show, featuring these invited artists from across the country: Carolyn Anderson, Nancy Seamons Crookston, John Michael Carter, Peggi Kroll Roberts, Howard Friedland, Robert Lemler, Paul Mullally, Charles Movalli, Ned Mueller, Ray Roberts, Laura Robb, Randall Sexton, Matt Smith, and Kevin Weckbach. An opening reception will be held during First Friday Gallery Walk on Friday, June 5.

September 4 – October 30 – Solo Show by Louis Escobedo. An opening reception will be held during First Friday Gallery Walk on Friday, September 4.

“Persimmon Pop” by Chris Wilke

“Persimmon Pop” by Chris Wilke

November 6 – December 31, 2015 – “Small Treasures,” featuring small paintings by Louis Escobedo and Chris Wilke. An opening reception will be held during First Friday Gallery Walk on Friday, November 6.

“We have had a really good year in 2014,” says gallery owner Yolanda Escobedo. “As a nationally-known gallery, we draw artists and collectors from across the U.S. Our emphasis is to continually expose our clients and the community to the best nationally-known artists from across the country. The artists we represent are professionals creating dynamic, impressive paintings with a universal appeal that attracts an ever-widening audience.”

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—stop here first! 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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Nice: 717 Gallery’s Louis Escobedo Featured in Southwest Art Magazine

Southwest Art magazine featured nationally-known, award winning artist, Louis Escobedo in its January 2015 issue. Escobedo is exclusively represented by 717 Gallery.

Southwest Art magazine featured nationally-known, award winning artist, Louis Escobedo in its January 2015 issue. Escobedo is exclusively represented by 717 Gallery.

717 Gallery in Easton is pleased to announce that Southwest Art magazine featured nationally-known, award winning artist, Louis Escobedo, who is exclusively represented by the gallery. Southwest Art has a national audience and is a leading national art magazine. The article, titled “Vibrant and Eloquent,” appears in the January 2015 issue.

Capturing Escobedo’s versatile style, the article reads, “No matter what he paints, Louis Escobedo emphasizes color and emotional impact.” Escobedo is a realist artist whose wide ranging subjects include everything from playful still lifes to peaceful water scenes to vibrant city steetscapes. In the article, Escobedo says, “Art is a process of discovery . . . a continuous exploration of the way we all see the world. For me, each painting needs to have something that evokes an emotional response both in myself and for the viewer.”

During his 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.

Through March, 717 Gallery features paintings by Louis Escobedo and Chris Wilke. Both artists are exclusively represented by 717 Gallery. On April 3, 717 Gallery will open a new show, “Urban Landscape and Quiet Moments,” which will also feature new Escobedo and Wilke paintings.

Located at 717 Goldsborough Street (across from the Country School) in Easton, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10:30am to 5:00pm, or by appointment. More information is online at www.717gallery.com. Contact by email at info@717gallery.com, or phone 410.241.7020.

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717 Gallery Opens “Art Treasures” Nov. 7

Visit 717 Gallery for “Art Treasures,” a duo show featuring small paintings by renowned artists Louis Escobedo and Chris Wilke. Meet the artists at an opening reception on November 7 from 5-8pm during Easton’s First Friday Gallery Walk. Pictured is “Lusterware” by Louis Escobedo.

Visit 717 Gallery for “Art Treasures,” a duo show featuring small paintings by renowned artists Louis Escobedo and Chris Wilke. Meet the artists at an opening reception on November 7 from 5-8pm during Easton’s First Friday Gallery Walk. Pictured is “Lusterware” by Louis Escobedo.

Visit 717 Gallery for “Art Treasures,” an exceptional duo show featuring small paintings by renowned artists Louis Escobedo and Chris Wilke. Meet the artists during an opening reception during Easton’s First Friday Gallery Walk on November 7 from 5-8pm. The show runs through January 2015.

During his 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.

Chris Wilke is an Eastern Shore native and longtime artist who works in watercolor, graphite, and oils. She is a collector of art and antiques. “Art has always been part of my life,” she says.

These two extraordinary artists have captured beautiful scenes of fruit, vegetables, landscapes, people, and objects on small canvases (10×10 and smaller). As the saying goes, good things come in small packages. These paintings make the perfect gifts for the holiday season.

These artistic nuggets pack a punch. Although Escobedo and Wilke make it look easy, they admit that creating smaller sizes is a challenge.
“Small paintings require a total change in technique,” Escobedo reveals. “You have to make more with less on the canvas.”

Wilke agrees. “Painting small requires an artist to take an image to its essence,” she says. “You are forced to determine what to keep and what to take out.”

Stop by 717 Gallery and see the remarkable results. 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—stop here first! 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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Escobedo Solo Show “Color at Play” Continues at 717

“Punt Boats”

“Punt Boats”

Through October 31, 717 Gallery hosts “Color at Play,” a solo show featuring 30 new works by Louis Escobedo, a nationally-known master artist who is exclusively represented by 717 Gallery.

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 such as the Dallas Texas Visual Society. In 1985, he shifted his professional focus, moving from illustration to fine art.

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

Escobedo has received many awards for his artwork, most recently the 2014 Gold Medal in the 23rd Oil Painters of America (OPA) National Juried Exhibition Master Signature Division for his painting “Light Source.” The award included a cash prize of $25,000. As an Associate member of OPA, Escobedo vied along with 198 other artists for this year’s top honors. He received the OPA Gold Medal award twice since he began entering the OPA competitions.

Escobedo’s award-winning style intermingles color and abstract shapes. Realism and high-intensity color energize his subjects, which include landscapes, still lifes, and figures. He stays mindful that composition and value are the most important elements in a painting. “Sometimes I have to watch myself and not use color as a crutch,” he admits. “When it’s ready, color comes out to play. Sometimes it wants to play real fast, and I have to say, ‘Wait until I’m ready for you!’”

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—stop here first! Additional parking is available at the Country School. The gallery will be closed from September 26 through October 3. The gallery will not be open for the October 3 First Friday Gallery Walk. Beginning October 4, regular gallery hours will resume, Wednesday through Saturday, 10:30am to 5:00pm, or by appointment.

More information about Louis Escobedo is available at www.louisescobedo.com or 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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Save the Date: 717 Gallery Opens National Invitational Exhibition May 2

(c) Ned Mueller 'SundayMorningStudy' Oil 9 X 12 small

“Sunday Morning Study” by Ned Mueller from Renton, Washington. Mueller is a past grand prize winner of the Plein Air Easton Competition & Arts Festival.

Easton’s newest art gallery, 717 Gallery, presents a National Artists Invitational Exhibition from May 2 to July. This bright, spacious gallery opened in October 2013, amidst one of the East Coast’s most vibrant cultural centers. 717 Gallery features nationally recognized artists, and hosts invitational exhibitions and gallery events throughout the year.

The following artists have been accepted into the National Artists Invitational Exhibition: Carolyn Anderson from Montana, Garin Baker from New York, Eleinne Basa from New Jersey, Marcia Burtt from California, John Michael Carter from Kentucky, Romel de la Torre from Illinois, Louis Escobedo from Maryland, Max Ginsburg from New York, Peggi Kroll-Roberts from California, Robert Lemler from Arizona, Jennifer McChristian from California, Ned Mueller from Washington, Ray Roberts from California, and William Wray from California.

Surrounded by colorful, innovative artwork in this exciting new space, gallery director Yolanda Escobedo says artists and collectors appreciate the gallery’s inspirational appeal and diversity. Here, one will find evocative figures, still lifes, street scenes, and landscapes created by some of America’s best artists, all under one lovely roof.

“This exhibition offers the opportunity to experience art that depicts an extraordinary way of seeing life around us,” says Yolanda Escobedo. “These paintings capture pleasing harmony using atmospheric light and wonderful abstracts.”

717 Gallery will host an opening reception on May 2 from 5-8:30pm during Easton’s First Friday Gallery Walk. 717 Gallery is located at 717 Goldsborough Street in Easton. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:30am to 5:00pm, and Sunday by appointment. More information is online at www.717gallery.com.

“On the Blue” by Louis Escobedo from Easton, Maryland.

“On the Blue” by Louis Escobedo from Easton, Maryland.

 

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717 Gallery Joins First Friday Gallery Walk

“Light Source” by Louis Escobedo has been accepted into the Oil Painters of America 2014 National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils.

“Light Source” by Louis Escobedo has been accepted into the Oil Painters of America 2014 National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils.

Beginning April 4, Easton’s newest art gallery, 717 Gallery, will be open during First Friday Gallery Walk. Through April 30, 717 Gallery presents paintings, charcoals, and fine art prints created by Carolyn Anderson, Scott Burdick, Mark Daily, Louis Escobedo, Ramon Kelley, Susan Lyon, Will Wilson, Hollis Williford, and Zhang Wen Xin.

Easton’s newest art gallery, 717 Gallery, opened in October 2013. This bright, spacious gallery features nationally recognized artists and hosts invitational exhibitions and gallery events throughout the year. Visitors will find evocative figures, still lifes, street scenes, and landscapes created by some of America’s best artists, all under one roof.

Louis Escobedo’s “Light Source” has been accepted into the Oil Painters of America 2014 National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils to be held at the Bennington Center the Arts, Bennington, Vermont in June.

717 Gallery hosts a reception each month from 5-8pm during Easton’s First Friday Gallery Walk. The gallery is located at 717 Goldsborough Street in Easton. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:30am to 5:00pm, and Sunday by appointment.

More information is online at 717gallery.com.

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Easton Elementary Fourth Grade Poetry Presentation at the Academy Art Museum a Great Success

Pictured is Easton Elementary Moton 4th grader Ashley Gullien-Gallegos of Easton reading her poem at the recent Academy Art Museum 4th Grade Poetry Night.

On Friday evening January 13 over 100 people, including students, parents and area fans of poetry attended a fourth grade poetry reading at the Academy Art Museum. The standing-room only event allowed students to showcase their writing talents before an appreciative audience.

The Museum’s ArtReach Coordinator, Constance Del Nero, worked with students beforehand when students took field trips to visit the Museum’s Kertesz: On Reading exhibition. During their field trips, students looked closely at Kertesz’ evocative black and white photographs, noticing small details and appreciating subtleties. The students brainstormed and wrote their first drafts in the Museum galleries with Kertesz’ originals close at hand. Back at school, they fine-tuned their poems with their teachers, Melissa Billings, Joanna Cain, Amy Fitzhugh, Amy Kellum, Kristin Stiles, Krystle Taylor, Tracey Talbott and Allison Tipton from Easton Elementary Moton.

Pictured are students, parents, teachers, and area fans of poetry who attended the Poetry Night.

Students who chose not to read at the event had their poems displayed on presentation boards in the Museum’s atrium during the event. Given the success of the evening, Del Nero and the fourth grade team hope to make the poetry reading an annual event.
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Net Zero Comes to Centreville

The house in Three Creeks Development outside of Centreville looks like any other traditional, stylish  new home. The only visible signs of green energy are the photovoltaic solar panels visible on the roof. And it is noticeably quiet inside, thanks to the airtight construction.  Other than those two items, the average visitor would not know that this a net-zero house, certainly the first in Centreville, and perhaps the first in Maryland.

Built by NEXUS Energy Homes,   the house is so efficient that the balance of its energy needs can be supplied with renewable energy technologies, in this case solar panels and a geo thermal heat pump. The low e windows,  superior insulation, CFL and LED lighting,  and energy star appliances all contribute to the energy efficiency. During the day, when the house generally produces more energy than it needs, the excess  is sent  into the electric company’s power grid, with a meter on the home tracking the transfer. At night, the energy is credited back to the homeowners.  At the end of 12 months, there is a net-zero energy usage.

Standard features also include a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filtering system to keep out mold spores, mildew, pollen, a central vacuum and  NEXUS vision, a web- based energy monitoring system that breaks down the cost of energy use in each home. Owners can operate the house from a remote location, even turn off lights and  unlock the front door. This  2700 square foot, three bedroom, two and half bath home came in at a price of $375, 000. ( The owners did add some modifications, so the final cost was higher.)

Expandable spray foam insulation in attic

In 2012 the company launched the North Pointe Geo Solar community  in downtown, Frederick, 54 energy-efficient townhouses and duplexes, and are planning more communities of varying price ranges in Jefferson and Stevensville, MD. They also offer a  package of architecture, construction, technology and energy efficiency services to those wishing to build a custom, net-zero home.

For more information on NEXUS Energy Homes, click here
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Best Bets This Week

Untitled (brown and gray), 1969 Acrylic on paper National Gallery of Art.

We are not always fond of attending museum opening night exhibits,  better to go when it is a bit less crowded, especially if it is the work of a major artist. Of course, there is no reason you can’t do both ! The Rothko retrospective at the Academy Art Museum is on exhibit  now through April 22. The museum is open until 8 pm during the week. Click here for a full review of the show.

The whole family will enjoy “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown”, at the Easton High School. The lively musical is a  series of songs and scenes that celebrate an average day in the life of Charlie Brown, the beloved comic strip character. The six member leading cast will be colorfully complemented by members of the “Peanuts gang” and a live orchestra. Opening show  this Friday.

Lastly, we are totally intrigued by the band playing Sunday at the NightCat, the Emmy award nominated, hip-hop/bluegrass band Gangstagrass. You gotta love the name. The band started reaching a wide audience when their song “Long Hard Times to Come” was selected as the opening theme song of FX’s acclaimed series, Justified. The Wall Street Journal says their music “…might repel some purists on either side of the country-and-rap divide, but will knock the socks off just about everybody else.”

Now Through Sunday, April 22: Mark Rothko Exhibit at the Academy Art Museum open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,  Tuesday through Thursday till 8 p.m. Admission  $3 for non-member, children under 12  free. 410-822-ARTS. 106 South Street, Easton, MD 21601

Friday, February 10 – 7pm: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at Easton High School Tickets, $10 adults and $5
students, available at Crackerjacks in Easton or 410-943-3562. Additional dates, February 11th – 6 pm, February 12th – 3 pm, February 17th – 7 pm, and February 18th – 6 pm.

Gangstagrass

Sunday, February 12 – 7pm: Gangstagrass at the NightCat Emmy nominated Bluegrass/Hip-Hop band. Dirty low-down honky-tonk… with mad beats. Tickets $10.  w/ The Brave, Young and Handsome. 3 Goldsborough St., Easton, MD  21601

 

 

 
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