“Same Image, Three Views” at Lewes Gallery
On Oct. 1, the Peninsula Gallery in Lewes, Delaware will open “Same Image, Three Views,” a collection where three artists painted their own version of the same eight subjects found around Lewes and Deal Island, Maryland.
“It’s an opportunity for three artists to work together and really see how each other sees a particular scene and a particular image,” says gallery co-owner Tony Boyd-Heron. “They don’t all look the same and that’s perhaps the interesting part.”
According to Boyd-Heron, three local artists–Jean Doran, Laura Hickman and Steve Rogers–took a series of road trips together across Delmarva to find subjects for their paintings. They stopped whenever they found something that interested them, such as a house or a landscape, and photographed it for later use.
After the road trips, each artist printed their photos and compared their findings at a meeting. They selected eight common subjects and then painted their own version of the same scenes. The images also differentiated physically, as the artists paint across artistic mediums- oil, acrylic and pastel.
The exhibition has been in the making for about a year. Boyd-Heron says in addition to being “really fun” for the artists, the exhibition offers a unique message to those looking at the paintings as well.
“I think what it does for the viewer is for them to understand there’s not just one way to look at something. There are several ways of looking at it,” he says. “There are some scenes that they may be very familiar with, but they only see it from one angle…but if you stop and then turn right and turn 50 yards you’ll see it from a different angle.”
Artist Jean Doran echoes Boyd-Heron’s sentiment.
“We expand our understanding by recognizing how every individual has his or her own interpretation,” she says. “Surely we all learn that this concept can apply to life and not just to art appreciation.”
All three artists will be honored at a reception on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 5-7 p.m. “Same Image, Three Views,” will run until Oct 31. More information on the exhibition can be found here.