ll of us evoke a sense of color coming up through layers, though we all use very different techniques,” commented Bedford artist Sing Hanson regarding an exhibition opening next week at Gallery Seven in Maynard.
The gallery’s curators invited Hanson, Concord painter Jerry Wedge and Iris Lee Marcus, best known as a faux finish painter-decorator, to show their work together in “The Color Beneath.”
“While the mediums and techniques vary among the three artists in this show, their work is unified by a deep meditative quality which comes from subtle but important variations of the textures and colors on the surface of the work,” said Kelli Costa, a co-owner of the gallery.
And indeed, in some ways the approaches of the three artists couldn’t be more different.
‘I’m interested in using photographed objects to evoke the passage of time.’
Hanson photographs decaying cars in junkyards, using the layers of rust, bits of paint, and shimmering metal to create color striations.
Wedge, who says he was “born a Modernist,” likes oversized splotches of paint with texture showing underneath only upon closer examination.
And in her pieces, Marcus betrays her fascination with patina techniques; she uses materials including acrylic paint infused with metal fiber in a water-like series she calls “Aqueous.”
“I’m interested in using photographed objects to evoke the passage of time,” Hanson said about her series called “Pyroglyphs.” “It’s somewhat abstract but also somewhat not. People who choose to stay with it, to study it closely, will spend time trying to figure out what these objects, which are actually burned-out cars, might be.
“I love the sense of frailty conveyed by metal. You don’t think of metal as being frail,’’ she said, “but I am pretty sure I will outlive this piece that appears in my photos.”
Wedge, who is better known locally as an architect but recently became executive director of the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts cooperative in Concord, says his new position gives him little time for painting, so he was particularly honored to have some of his work chosen for the Maynard show, especially as color is an abiding interest of his.
“When I started painting in earnest, I looked again at the Modernist painters I’ve always admired and asked myself, ‘What do those big bold colors mean?’
“In my own paintings, I try to evoke the feeling of paint splashed on canvas by building it up in many layers. I paint it in, scratch it off, paint more on,’’ Wedge said. “My intent is that when you step back, you see a beautiful Modernistic piece of color on the wall, but then as you approach, you see the details and layers and etching emerge.”
The exhibition opens Tuesday and runs through Sept. 22 at 7 Nason St., Maynard, with an artists’ reception Sept. 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information about Gallery Seven, call 978-897-9777 or go to www.gallerysevenmaynard.com.
PEER INTO THE PAST: Friday at 7:30 p.m., Gore Place will offer a special tour of the 1806 mansion at the historic estate in Waltham.
Highlights will include the late 18th- and early 19th-century folk art on display throughout the elegantly furnished property, including several rare items that belonged to the family of Massachusetts Governor Christopher Gore.
With its spiral staircase, marble floors and oval rooms, the mansion at 52 Gore St. is considered by architectural historians to be the most significant Federal period residence in New England.
Admission to the tour is $14; $10 for Gore Place Society members and children ages 5-12. For reservations and more information, call 781-894-2798 or go to www.goreplace.org.
BIRTHDAY SHOW: Pianist and composer Eric Ostling performs original jazz songs as well as modern standards with his quartet on his birthday Saturday evening at the Acton Jazz Cafe, at 452 Great Road in Acton.
Dinner seating is at 6 p.m. Cover charge for music is $12 ($10 if ordered online). Reservations recommended. For more information, call 978-263-6161 or go to www.actonjazzcafe.com.
HERITAGE FESTIVAL: Celebrate Indian culture at “Essence of India” Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. at NARA Park, 25 Ledge Rock Road in Acton.
The free event will include classical and folk dances from a variety of Indian states, vocal and instrumental music, ethnic food, yoga demonstrations, henna designs, and many hands-on activities related to Indian art and culture.
For more information, go to www.essenceofindia.org.