Frances Galante, Overlooking San Miguel, oil at Artists’ House Gallery.
The exhibition at Artists’ House Gallery includes many fine artists and beautiful artworks, check the website or better yet go to the gallery, but when DoN walked in the front door of the well established gallery he was greeted with a group hug from old friends Frances Galante’ and Robert Bohne. The gallery was packed on October First Friday, so Frances and DoN squeezed through the crowd packed in the hallway to see Clarissa Shanahan Schirmer’s ethereal encaustic compositions, to the quiet back room where we could sit and talk, having not seen each other in ages. Frances Galante has been showing her atmospheric naturalist paintings at Artists’ House for twenty-one years, “I think they opened in 1990 and I was one of their first artists. So, they’ve survived, I’ve survived; it’s a good gallery.”
Frances Galante teaches three painting classes per week at Woodmere Art Museum, “I like teaching as part of the routine because I get out of the studio and I learn things from teaching. I like the energy and to be social and be around people who are enthusiastic about learning.” After a sabbatical to paint on her own Frances realized she just needed to be with people again, “Share information and get feedback and energy from them. I’ve branched out a bit, too. I don’t know if that’s a result of teaching, the influence of some of the students, but my work has gotten more colorful than it used to be. My colors used to be more muted. This is something new for me. It’s not so much about my work but what I see them doing, I pick up things, their interests and the things they’re exploring. It gives me new ideas. I teach adults, some of them actually exhibit, some are hobbyists but a lot of them are quite serious and quite good.”
Artists’ House Gallery, Frances Galante
Frances Galante, Musing, oil
Robert Bohne explained to DoN, “Well, I work my job with Amtrak and I do this.” All DoN could say was, “Wow!?!” “I work several jobs, more than two actually.” “Really?” “Well yeah, I work for Amtrak, I have a Union job which is related to the Amtrak job, I’m the Chairman. I do a lot of auctions, that’s where I get most of my frames, at auctions. So I do a lot of buy and sell at auctions and then I do this.” This being painting modern realist artworks with a contemporary sensibility of descriptive atmospheric naturalism. DoN asked when he has time to paint? “There’s time. I have everything set up in my house, so, when I go home there’s no set up involved, it’s all ready to go and I can paint. That’s the way to do it, yeah. It’s a mess, but it works.” It is messy but worth it.
Artists’ House Gallery, Robert Bohne
Artists’ House Gallery, Robert Bohne, S.S. United States, oil on panel
“The S.S. United States is one of my most recent paintings, I worked on it this past Winter, the day after Christmas and and I set up across the street in the Chick-Fil-A parking lot. And while I was working on the painting, they were plowing the snow. The guy came running across the street to see what I was doing and he told me that his mother had came over on that ship. He knew the entire history of the ship and he told me about the super-structure of the ship being made of aluminum, that’s how they kept the ship very light, it set speed records, it’s a fascinating story. It’s interesting, the other day I was at an auction and I picked up this little silver-plate coffee pot and on the bottom was, The United States Lines, so, it’s from the ship. A unique find.”
Artists’ House Gallery, Robert Bohne
Artists’ House Gallery, Robert Bohne, Turning, oil on panel.
Photos by DoN.