A Peek Into Union Street Gallery's "Seven" Reception

by Shaqira Smith August. 04, 2019 360 views
ShaQira Smith (me) photographed at Union Street Gallery's " Seven" Reception next to her painting, "The Deadly Sins".

ShaQira Smith (me) photographed at Union Street Gallery's " Seven" Reception next to her painting, "The Deadly Sins".

"When Doves Cry" by Anitra Frazier, local artist

"When Doves Cry" by Anitra Frazier, local artist

"Ten" by Ava and Mary Ann, local artists

"Ten" by Ava and Mary Ann, local artists

Being as I am featured in Union Street Gallery's (located in Chicago Heights) "Seven" Gallery, I took the opportunity in visiting their reception that was held yesterday and it was quite the event. Every piece featured in the gallery had to have something that related to the number "7"; seven colors, seven shapes, it had to be seven! I'd have to say so many artists showcased incredible talent as each work was remarkably unique, making the gallery immensely beautiful as whole.

The first work that ultimately stood out to me was a painting entitled, "When Doves Cry" by Anitra Frazier. In this painting she did a fine job portraying the beauty of late performer and icon, Prince. I mean as soon as I saw this painting tears brimmed my eyes! Her use of vibrant purple and green painted make it extremely eye catching painting along with the glitter coated frame. Looking at this painting, I felt many mixed emotions; sadness, lust, envy, glamour. What's so amazing about studying a painting is that although we have our own judgements, we never really know the artist's true intention behind their work. Well, unless they state so themselves haha! With this painting, feelings and criticism can go in so many directions. Not only do you have to pay attention to detail and color, but you must also ask if the title of the painting has a much more significant meaning than what is actually in the painting. Was there a specific lyric in the song that inspired this piece to come about? Is this painting just a reflection of how she felt at the moment of creating it? Nonetheless, "When Doves Cry" is one of the most striking works I've seen in a long time.

Another work that caught my eye was "Ten" by Ava and Mary Ann. You see, I am someone who absolutely loves color so I was instantly intrigued once I laid my eyes on this! If anything, this piece really inspired me to start being more experimental with my art then I am now. I adore their use of what looks like "drip" paint; it sorta reminds me of slime! There's not much critiquing I can do on this piece as I primarily like it for the colors and form, but they did an incredible job. Very creative!

If you're ever in the Chicago Heights area I highly recommend paying Union Street Gallery a visit. Not only magnificent showcases and receptions are held, but they also contribute to the community as well from garden walks, programs for children, make and shares for local artists to converse, and so much more! And I very much looking forward to my next visit.

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