FISHER-FRY EXHIBITION OPENS AT PHILIP MORTON GALLERY
by Dagmar Kirchner Henney
Washington has sent us two fascinating artists! Butterflies, flowers and beautiful color greet us and the delicious summer.
It is a pleasure to see two Washington/Rehoboth artists with such talent. Gary Fisher and Glenn Fry, studio mates since 2004, well established for many years, extremely talented, not only in America but worldwide, have a joint show at the Philip Morton Gallery.
Half of the exhibition focuses on Fisher’s latest abstract series, oil on canvas or wood panel. It features lots of color and is also monochromatic.
His giant flower oil painting was inspired by his visit to South Africa, an exciting and heartwarming painting which will delight most anyone. Fisher has been doing lots of international travel, recently visiting northern India. He says he takes many photos and many places he has visited inspire his work.
A master of oil painting, Fisher uses many layers, in thin overtones, sometimes as many as 30, such as in the painting below, to get the color and texture just right.
Fisher’s experience is so extensive it is difficult to summarize it all in one short article. He has exhibited in numerous galleries, embassies and government buildings. Fisher was selected by the State Dept. for the prestigious Art in Embassies Program in 2001. His work appeared in various U.S. embassies throughout the world until 2005. Fisher is a Wyoming native who received both his bachelors and JD from the University of Wyoming. He studied art at the Corcoran School in Washington, D.C. and is a graduate of the Vander Zee School of Art in Alexandria, Va. He resides in both Washington, D.C. and Rehoboth Beach.
The other half of the show includes works from Fisher’s studio mate, Glenn Fry.
Fry’s colorful “flutter” exhibition makes one think happy thoughts, summer, flowers and butterflies and the miracle of the world which is encompassed in the butterfly. The butterfly represents a world, represents us and our soul, Fry tells us.
Butterflies accomplish an amazing lifecycle but only live for the moment. Fry says he designed his butterfly series, modeled roughly on the Monarch, for summer. It is more portable than the sea shells and lighthouses we see often in summer art. It is amazing to consider a beautiful creature and remember that our life passes very quickly and at great speed from beginning to the end. Fry catches the beauty and mystery of the saga of the butterfly beautifully.
Fry, pictured below, left his career in corporate advertising to pursue a career in fine arts. Not many artists use his screen-printing technique that Andy Warhol made popular. Each color requires a separate screen and he works in reverse. Each one is done by hand, not by computer.
Above is one of Fry’s silkscreens on wood, “Captured Moments.” Both artists’ works will be at Rehoboth’s Philip Morton Gallery through August 5.