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Andes — Chace-Randall Gallery proudly presents Re-Imagined, new portrait paintings by Grant Collier, and Traveler, new abstract paintings by Michael Rich, September 21 to November 4. The reception for the artists is Saturday, Sept. 22 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Collier’s Re-Imagined stems from selected family Polaroids, which for Collier, “form a story”: “During the 1960s my father was an illustrator. He took hundreds of black and white Polaroids that he used for reference material. I grew up looking through these images, many of which were taken before I was born. I was intrigued by the stark light and dark contrasts achieved by using a single light bulb. Each of my immediate family members were used as models yet to me they appeared as characters in a play,” explains the artist.

The color palette of these works in oil is invented by the artist from these black and white references, composed in a way to possibly continue the narrative: “These paintings are about my family. The questions I asked myself while painting them could be questions we all ask. What role have I played? What narratives did I participate in? Are we still playing these roles and how do we now, as adults, view our family members? It’s all part of a journey to learn who we are as individuals,” says Collier, offering the sense of universality so prevalent in this series.
This is Grant Collier’s third exhibition with Chace-Randall Gallery.

Traveler by Michael Rich stemmed from the idea that painting is a “kind of travel.”
“Sometimes, it is a return visit to places once explored on land then reexamined in the spaces of light and color.  Other times, new territories, seen only in the glimpses of imagination,” says the artist.

His influences are Bachelard’s, Poetics of Space, the poetry of Neruda and Rilke and the gray skies of New England and expanse of the sea: “I seek a language that draws on personal history as well as the history of painting while forging new path between abstraction and the realization of the image of place,” says the artist.
Hence the connection between these two exhibitions.

This is Michael Rich’s first exhibition at Chace-Randall Gallery. His exhibition history is expansive, including the Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI, George Billis Gallery, NYC, Adler & Co., San Francisco, and the Old Spouter Gallery and East East Gallery, Nantucket, MA. He is collected by The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA, and the Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, OH, as well as many private collections.

Chace-Randall Gallery is located at 49 Main Street, Andes. Gallery hours are Friday to Sunday and holiday Mondays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. For more information call 676-4901 or visit chacerandallgallery.com.