August 15, 2018 at 3:31 pm EST | by Peter Rosenstein
Two gay artists plan Rehoboth exhibits
Gallery 50, Gary Fisher, gay news, Washington Blade

Gary Fisher (Photo courtesy of Fisher)

Two talented gay artists will exhibit their work in Rehoboth Beach this month. Their art will line the walls of Gallery 50, at 50 Wilmington Avenue (m.me/gallery50art or 302-227-2050).

The gallery opened its doors in 2007 and regularly offers a variety of artworks from renowned, established and emerging artists in a variety of mediums. During each exhibition, the gallery focuses primarily on the work of one to two artists. The gallery also hosts private events, parties, book signings, film screenings and more. In addition to being a gallery, it retains a master framer who can frame anything from your important works of art to your children’s masterpieces.

The first show opens Friday, Aug. 17 and will feature the works of one of D.C. and Rehoboth’s premier artists, Gary Fisher, who’s has had a long career as an environmental enforcement attorney with the U.S. Justice Department. He began painting almost 30 years ago and has developed a wide following.

“It is an expression of the beauty I see around me and my optimistic outlook on life,” Fisher says. “My paintings reflect my highly individual vision of the scenery or subject matter that surrounds me. Color dominates my vibrant surfaces as the play of light is expressed in applications of intense and sometimes surprising hues. Paint strokes are infused with an exuberant energy. The results are dream-like canvases that evoke a sense of playfulness and spontaneity.”

His canvases often appear to take on a life of their own — fresh and exciting.

It isn’t always easy to get one of his pieces as much of his work is now on a commission basis. Over the years, Fisher has been featured in special exhibits at the Children’s National Medical Center, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, U.S. Government buildings and U.S. embassies around the world as part of the State Department’s Art in Embassies Program.

The second show begins on Friday, Aug. 31 and will feature the work of Jason Wright, a Hawaii resident. He studied painting and graphic design at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington. While there he began his career illustrating and designing graphics for the surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding industry.  That makes sense as aside from being a talented and accomplished artist Jason is a medaled athlete and skydiving instructor. I think he just likes the freedom of being in the water and up in the sky and the challenges the sports he participates in represent.

“This show continues my study on the beauty of isolation,” Wright says. “I wanted to evoke the mystery and magic one feels during first light on a cold winter day. That special moment when the golden hues of the sun collide with the cool tones of the water, which often reminds me of childhood. It’s a feeling I’ve always wanted to capture. These paintings are inspired by my time spent on the eastern shore over the years chasing winter swells and my love of the small towns and rural areas that surround the beach towns.” 

Wright’s paintings are created with a palette knife and are a mixture of oil and acrylic paint. His studio is located on The Big Island of Hawaii.

“My love for nature has never faded,” he says. “I still catch the surf on my way to the studio every day.”

Jason Wright (Photo courtesy of Wright)

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