BPA Gallery First Friday Art Walk: Michael Pontieri's “Views of Utopia”
BPA Gallery First Friday Art Walk: “Views of Utopia”
Acrylics and Watercolors by Michael Pontieri
First Friday Art Walk: October 7 @ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Exhibit continues throughout October at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)
Join us in the BPA Gallery October 7 for an artist reception and a fun evening of art, food, and friends. Painter Michael Pontieri says, “Utopia means no place but it is still worth the attempt to get there.” Pontieri’s October 2016 exhibit in the BPA Gallery features narrative acrylic paintings along with a smattering of mainly decorative watercolors in fancy second hand-shop frames.
Queried about his work, Pontieri muses, “The painter had only a few collectors and one of them, perhaps hoping to broaden his audience, sent word of him to a picture shop owner. The painter had long known about the shop but never seeing anything similar to his own work there, he gave it little or no thought (perhaps a grunt or two), but he felt that he should now pay a visit. The shop owner remembered him from when he had shown in a nearby gallery, now gone and she asked where he had shown since. The painter enumerated the places he had shown since then, including this very place here, but the shop owner – as if she had heard only a slight breeze – asked the question again. This gave the painter the idea that he could bend the concept of utopia, no-place, to paintings he had already finished. He thought this concept could also shape some work to come as well as a statement he would inevitably have to write for his next show, whether it existed or not.” Visit Michael Pontieri online at nocturnalpicnic.blogspot.com.
The BPA Gallery showcases regional artists in monthly rotating exhibits in the C. Keith Birkenfeld Lobby and regularly participates in the First Friday Art Walk from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Gallery hours are 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday – Friday plus one hour prior to each performance. Admission is free, and information is available online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island.
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