Love poured into paint of the Shenandoah throughout the seasons!
Sarah Gayle Carter
Opening reception on the 7th from 6-8 PM
For twenty years Sarah Gayle Carter ran a highly successful design studio that brought her international recognition. Her main focus was custom rugs but she expanded her work partnering with high end home manufactures delving into design of furniture, mirrors, plates, lamps and even scarves. Some designs were so popular that they’re still being manufactured today.
However 2007 marked the end of this illustrious career as she traded her tools of the trade for paints and canvases. in 2008 she re-located to mid-coast Maine where she painted, cooked, wrote, ate and enjoyed the fabulous scenery. As of May 2014, she moved back to Virginia in her new hometown of Lexington, right in the middle of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley; a big change from coastal Maine, but every bit as inspiring.
”My designer eye responds to line, form, and certainly color.” Begins Carter. “I look for the color and structure hiding beneath the surface of things. I push the world I see into an abstracted, but recognizable play of color, texture and geometry - a fresh, fun, modern take on the classic genre of landscape painting. I plan a little, play a lot, listen to music and let my instincts lead the way - this is about joy!”
Sarah Continues…”As much fun as it is to loosen up and play with paint, the designer in me is alive and well. I’m attracted to clean composition, color, pattern and texture. After years of the controlled specification required for production of custom rugs and other home furnishings products, I enjoy the immediacy of paint on my brush, color at my finger tips, the smell, the feel, and the constant surprises that lead the way. Painting, for me, is a rewarding form of down and dirty magic.”
As fate would have it, colleagues from Bridget Beari Designs referred Sarah to Glave Kocen after a successful exhibit they hosted for her. Jennifer and BJ were ecstatic to see the work as it is central to the type of work they love to show at their gallery; vibrant colors and full of passion. Patrons of the gallery also agreed as Carter brought in six works in GK’s annual small works exhibit this past January and they all sold opening nite.
This exhibit, “Field Studies” is thirty plus works featuring her love of the Blue Ridge and the Valley below through the changing of the seasons. With a healthy preview list , the gallery expects many new and old patrons to acquire work. What a beautiful validation for someone who took the chance on themself.