Art Gallery

Current and Upcoming Installations and Events in the Gypsy Sally’s Microbus Art Gallery

May 18, 2015-June 1, 2015: 

  • Walter Egan “Martyrs of Rock” paintings While Walter Egan is well known as a musical artist, most people don’t know that Egan is also a visual artist who has developed a unique style.  He earned a degree from Georgetown University in Fine Art in 1970.  Since that time, Egan has continued to develop his raw, personal and powerfully enigmatic style.  Egan’s paintings presented in this show are a testament to his parallel talents as a visual artist.  In this series of paintings, he pays homage to many of the musicians who have inspired him.  These portraits, from Ricky Nelson, to Jimi Hendrix, to Amy Winehouse, reveal Egan’s sensitivity as a painter and his intimate connection with his subjects.   These icons of music that Egan paints, all of which have passed on, are not just talented musicians, but significant personas that have shaped our cultural landscape.  With Egan’s history in music, his paintings become more than just memorials; they become vehicles that help us experience anew the sensation these musicians created, the impact they had, and the sounds they made.   (Excerpted from “Introduction to Exhibit” by Chris Murray, Director, Govinda Gallery)

 

May 17, 2015: 

  • Book Signing for “Live Dead” with Legendary Photographer Bob Minkin.  A stunning 224-pg. 12” x 9” hardcover coffee table book spanning almost 40 years of epic Grateful Dead photos and stories by Bob Minkin. Forward by Steve Parish. Edited by Blair Jackson. Quotes by Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Trixie Garcia, Wavy Gravy and more!

March 24, 2015:

  • Author Event/Book Signing:  “Aces Back to Back:  The History of The Grateful Dead” by Scott W. Allen.  “Aces Back To Back: The History of the Grateful Dead (1965 – 2013)” is a detailed accounting of the Grateful Dead’s reign originally published in 1992 by Scott W. Allen.   This 20th Anniversary, second edition was published on February 6/7, 2014. This special edition updates the Dead’s history through January, 2014. With a Foreword from acclaimed Grateful Dead lyricist John Barlow, Aces Back To Back is the most thorough account of the Dead’s career – from their roots and inception through the death of Jerry Garcia and on through the band’s post-Garcia history and their incarnations as the Other Ones, the Dead, 7 Walkers, the Mickey Hart Band, Phil Lesh and Friends, and Furthur.

October 2014 – present

  •  Robbi Cohn & Dead Images:  Celebrating 30 Years of Music & Photography.  Robbi Cohn has been photographing musicians since 1984, specializing in images of the Grateful Dead. Her body of work is extensive and includes many other artists besides the Dead: Bob Dylan, the Allman Brothers Band, Bruce Hornsby the Rolling Stones, Sheryl Crow and hundreds of other performers.Many of her images are iconic and have appeared and been published numerous times. Her photographs have been used on cd’s by Bruce Hornsby, Steve Winwood and members of the Grateful Dead, additionally on J Garcia hangtags for Jerry’s ties as well as on officially released postage stamps, featuring Jerry Garcia, from Mongolia and Montserrat.Robbi was the first photographer the Grateful Dead licensed and the only one who still retains a licensing arrangement with the band. Her goal has been to preserve the memories of the music she loves so dearly.

September 5, 2014 – October 5, 2014 – “O’ Be Joyful” — Red Wing Roots Music Festival Photography by Brandy Somers

Brandy Somers was born and raised the Shenandoah Valley. She teaches Art and Crafts at a public high school in Rockingham County. In addition to teaching full-time, Brandy is also the mother of two wonderful children, an artist, photographer, Co-Founder of Art Lotto & Wonderkitten (both are collaborative portrait shows, one for adults and one for children), Co-Founder and photographer for the Harrisonburg blog I Love My Burg, Vice President at Spitzer Art Center, writer and lifestyle photographer for Friendly City Lens, feature photographer for Family Talk Magazine, seasonal art teacher at Larkin Arts and an all around lover, supporter, creator, and advocate of the arts.

April 11, 2014-May 24, 2014 – Govinda Gallery and Gypsy Sally’s Present:

  • Wyatt Dental Paintings:  Melt Your Face

February 4-March 15, 2014 – Govinda Gallery and Gypsy Sally’s Present:

  • Walter Egan “Martyrs of Rock” paintings While Walter Egan is well known as a musical artist, most people don’t know that Egan is also a visual artist who has developed a unique style.  He earned a degree from Georgetown University in Fine Art in 1970.  Since that time, Egan has continued to develop his raw, personal and powerfully enigmatic style.  Egan’s paintings presented in this show are a testament to his parallel talents as a visual artist.  In this series of paintings, he pays homage to many of the musicians who have inspired him.  These portraits, from Ricky Nelson, to Jimi Hendrix, to Amy Winehouse, reveal Egan’s sensitivity as a painter and his intimate connection with his subjects.   These icons of music that Egan paints, all of which have passed on, are not just talented musicians, but significant personas that have shaped our cultural landscape.  With Egan’s history in music, his paintings become more than just memorials; they become vehicles that help us experience anew the sensation these musicians created, the impact they had, and the sounds they made.   (Excerpted from “Introduction to Exhibit” by Chris Murray, Director, Govinda Gallery)


  • William Adair “The Golden Doors to Infinity”

    The Golden Doors to Infinity is a multifaceted, ongoing conceptual art project whereby abandoned doors become portals to foster cross-generational, interfaith and culturally diverse discourse.  Each door is a messenger – placed to record the transient voices of individuals within a region and its environs.  The process begins by collecting discarded doors that are covered with gold.  Adair then relinquishes them to the public to be written and marked upon:  a repository for words and images on an ever-fading, ever-eroding surface.  They overlap and abrade yet pay homage to the world’s historical link with gold’s inherent value.

    The project was conceived during a personal odyssey when the artist drove west across America.  Alone and facing miles of desert, he meditated on Plato’s Theory of Forms which posits that ideas are more real than ordinary physical things.  He became fascinated with the idea of intellectual property and the link between attachment and eventual loss that unites the human experience:  in relationships between individuals and, on a universal scale, our interrelated dependence on precious commodities such as water, salt, oil and gold; all of which have inestimable value if in peril or gone forever. 

    When his journey landed him at Joshua Tree National Park in the California desert, he happened upon a memorial for singer and songwriter Gram Parsons, 1960s cultural music icon who died tragically young and whose friends had notoriously hijacked his coffin to burn him in the desert near Joshua Tree.  The anthem most often associated with Parsons is the song “Sin City” (Gram Parsons and Christopher Hillman) with a refrain that captivated Adair:  “On the 31st floor a gold-plated door/Won’t keep out the Lord’s burning rain.”  The concept for The Golden Doors to Infinity began to resonate:  as an homage to a 20th century artist, an ancient philosopher and the enduring relationship of people with each other and with respect to their environment.

    The project stages include circulating the 31 doors to 31 historical sites worldwide where they will be written and marked upon by local residents.  The doors will then be shipped to Joshua Tree, California for the grand installation. Adair will strategically place rocks – painted blue, white, black and gold to symbolize water, salt, oil and gold – at the base of the doors which will be half-buried and set in a circle around a central towering door that is 20 feet high.  Participants will ceremoniously gild and mark this grand, communal door with final messages before it is destroyed by a flaming arrow.  

    For Adair, The Golden Doors to Infinity project represents a living timeline which elevates interpersonal histories above cultural commodities:  the monetarily worthless doors, adorned with gold and effectively “vandalized” by their viewers, address the devaluation of goods and the intrinsic, sustaining value of intellectual property.  As the artist comments:   “I offer my audience a communal canvas; a platform to share our collective thoughts, hopes, dreams and prayers.”

 

December 1, 2013-January 4, 2014 – Govinda Gallery and Gypsy Sally’s Present:

  • Four By Six East Coast Rock and Roll Photography 2013″, Assiran, Flynn,Foster, Suspect, Swartz and Villondo

            

November 1-30, 2013:  Sarah O’Donoghue Oil Paintings  www.cargocollective.com/sarahodonoghue

 

 

 

 

  • December 1, 2013 – January 4, 2014:

GOVINDA GALLERY AT GYPSY SALLY’S

4″ X 6″ 

EAST COAST ROCK & ROLL PHOTOGRAPHY 2013

ASSIRAN, FLYNN, FOSTER, SUSPECT, SWARTZ, VILLONDO

curated by Vivienne Foster  popart@govindagallery.com

 


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