Palm Beach Landscapes: Art & Artifacts

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On Saturday night Gavlak Gallery co-hosted with New York gallerist and curator Kyle DeWoody, left, a reception introducing Palm Beachers to ProjectArt, a national arts education organization providing free after-school visual art classes for underserved youths between ages 4-12. Pictured above with DeWoody, instructor Najja Moon, Jacob Jeanpierre, and Jacob's father, Ronald Jeanpierre. “ProjectArt is building the nation’s largest art school for youth, without owning a single building.” — Wall Street Journal

Abstract landscape painter Mary Page Evans is at work in her oceanfront Gulf Stream apartment with “picturesque Turner-Constable sea and sky” for a Spring show of her work, Gardens Through the Years, at Wilmington’s Somerville Manning Gallery. At Gavlak Gallery’s new venue at the Royal Poinciana Plaza, Kyle DeWoody and Sara Gavlak welcomed nearly 100 guests on a stormy winter night to create awareness about the millions of children who do not have access to develop their creative artistic talents and how ProjectArt is making art classes available at public libraries to those who might otherwise never have the opportunity.

At The Breakers, Cavallino Classic’s Concorso d’Eleganza turned the resort’s Great Lawn into a showcase for post-war Italian industrial art with its annual vintage Ferrari exhibition. Whether on the runway or the roadway, Milan and Turin designers turned Italian Modernism into an international brand. Despite the damp drizzly English weather, worldwide Ferrari owners and enthusiasts rubbed elbows as they perused each and every one of the museum-quality roadsters. As Cavallino’s judges made their rounds requiring owners to “Start your engine,” the roar of those 12-cylinder racetrack engines echoed from the past. What with newer models reaching 0-200mph in somewhere near 10 seconds, how much slower could Palm Beachers want to motor them down to the golf course.

January 26, 2019 @ 5-7 pm
ProjectArt Reception at Gavlak Gallery
Royal Poinciana Plaza – Suite M307
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Co-host Sarah Gavlak with Gisella Colon’s work “The New Minimal” at her new gallery location in Royal Poinciana Plaza.
John and Karen Klopp, co-editor of What 2 Wear Where.
Michel Witmer, fine art consultant, collector and lecturer.
Beth DeWoody and Amy Herman.
A member of the ProjectArt national board of directors, Kyle DeWoody is co-chair with Sarah Arison and Alex Gartenfeld for the group’s March 15th Miami benefit My Kid Could Do That, held at the Moore Building in the Design District. Similar benefits have been held in New York and Los Angeles. DeWoody is pictured with “Synthetic Wonderland,” artwork by Beverly Fishman.
Sarah Gavlak with Mary and Steve Moews.
Bill Sturges and Pamela Phillips.
Zuhre Beytas and Jennifer Gazdick.
L to R.: Diana Buckley, ProjectArt’s national executive director.; Bill Shepard and Dimitri Lege.
Artist and curator Maynard Monrow.
Conversation Like This Doesn’t Come Cheap is a work by Maynard Monrow whose “Absurdist Logic” exhibition is featured at Gavlak Los Angeles.
The Gavlak’s courtyard gallery features Gisella Colon’s work “The New Minimal.”
Gavlak Gallery, courtyard entrance.

January 26, 2019
Palm Beach Cavallino Classic
Concorso d’Eleganza
The Breakers

“Carazey,” Montana. Testarossa 512, Giallo Modena.
Concorso d’Eleganza @ The Breakers, bumper-to-bumper Ferraris.
Having a closer look.
A 1950s Ferrari 500 Mondial Series II.
A classic Pininfarina design.
Cavallino judges and officials made the rounds.
Still raining …
Explaining the finer points …
Apparently, the worse the weather became, the larger the crowd.
The Breakers. As patrons were ensconced in the adjacent ballroom for a seated luncheon, I was next door at the “salads-and-sandwiches buffet.” I found a seat at a far table that had only one other person.
Brian Guy, representing SwissVax. I sat a seat over on Brian’s left. When I looked and saw a scar running down the side of his head, I turned to him on my left side and showed him my similar scar from ten years ago. We both agreed, it is something we never talk about with anyone. Sadly, but as Brian says, it has changed his life on so many incredible levels, his was a Stage 3 cancer. His surgery, far more devastating than mine; his treatments challenging. And more recently, he had to have further surgery which is why he was wearing a cap. Now based in Orlando, he talked about his family, his wife and several children, and his enthusiasm for his lifelong work which has been maintaining the appearance of his clients’ high-performance cars. I read his blog last night about his early life, his “survival,” and the determination and gratitude to live his recovery. He is probably one of the best at what he does with Ferraris, Rolls-Royces, Maseratis … but he is also a superb writer with an unrestrained expressive voice. His story does not make for an easy read, as Brian is graphic about his life and what has happened to him. Here is Brian Guy’s Story

At the Concorso d’Eleganza

Ready to race …
Ferrari Red, Italy’s national racing color.
My fave … a Finnish Ferrari, a Scuderia Askelin.

A touch of Sunset Boulevard on Palm Beach’s South County Road …

Art Class: Mary Page Evans
Gulf Stream & Wilmington

Last week I spent a morning with the prolific Mary Page Evans whose five-decade career has been celebrated by major galleries and museums in the US and abroad. While her formal studio is in Wilmington, her works-in-progress are scattered throughout her Florida apartment that she shares with her husband, former three-term US Congressman Thomas B. Evans. While Tom remains active in conservation issues and polishing his golf game, when Mary Page is not at one of her easels, she is at the Armory Art School taking classes or jaunting down the road to the Poetry Festival in Delray Beach.

Mary Page Evans with a work by one her most influential mentors, renowned Washington Color Field artist Gene Davis. “Mary Page Evans is an expressionist to the core. With loaded brush and quicksilver line, she delineates her world in rapid strokes. Spontaneity is everything.” — Gene Davis.
Mary Page Evans was the subject of a major retrospective at Wilmington’s Delaware Art Museum in 2012, Painted Poetry: The Art of Mary Page Evans.
After spending several years painting at Giverny, Mary Page balances her respect for Cezanne’s structure and color with the energy and forms of abstract expressionists. “Art history has always played an important role in my work. Having absorbed the lessons of Cezanne and the “push-pull” principle of Hans Hoffman, I try to loosen the form and let color determine the structure and create the space,” said Evans. While in France, an introduction to Joan Mitchell led to a longtime influential friendship.
Dancing Palms, 2018. “I am primarily a landscape painter I get to know it as if I were painting a figure or a still life,” described Evans.
Mary Page’s palm trees and ocean views from her easel.
Dark Clouds, 2009. “Turner and Constable have influenced me. I’ve had wonderful mentors but museums have probably been my best teachers.”
A new work in progress.
Work in progress, detail.
Dogwood, 1990.
Bookshelves are lined with family photos and small artworks. On the top shelf, Mary Page with one of her longtime teachers, Brandywine painter and sculptor Tom Bostelle. Husband Tom Evans is pictured with Arnold Palmer and Ronald Reagan.
Tom Evans. “He is my best critic,” laughed Mary Page. A recipient of a National Wildlife Federation award, Congressman Evans served during the Carter and Reagan administrations.
Mary Page designs the Christmas card for her neighbor Joe Biden who installed several of her paintings in the vice-president’s residence in Washington during his tenure.
Drawings represent works in progress. “I’ve taken a nude model drawing class over at the Armory for years.”
I was fascinated by the Seahorse Carousel. “It’s Prison Art. I thought it was imaginative, made from toilet tissue rolls ,” explained Mary Page Evans.

Photography by Augustus Mayhew.

Augustus Mayhew is the author of Palm Beach-A Greater Grandeur

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