‘Opposites Attract’ at Gallery One’s November show

Gallery One recently announce their November show theme, “Opposites Attract,” with the show open to the public from Oct. 30 through Dec. 3. The artists at Gallery One are exploring the idea of opposites and how they can be attractive while at the same time creating “opposition.”

In artist Joyce Condry’s acrylic painting “Dichotomy,” the concepts of opposition are visible. In her first attempt at an abstract painting, she began by combining warm and cool colors, and as she described, the opposites grew from there: dark and light tones, black and white accents, straight and curved lines, smooth and rough surfaces, happy and sad emotions. Do they attract? Do they repel?

In “Barnyard Buddies,” a pastel painting by Laura Hickman, “Opposites do attract, as shown by this happy little mouse and wary, worldly cat as they peer outside a shuttered window of an old weathered barn.”

In “Close Call,” artist Lesley McCaskill’s watercolor painting illustrates a dramatic scene in which two boats passed rather close to each other, forming a wake like the implied X. Boats going in the opposite directions — X marks the spot of a “Close Call.”

In Dale Sheldon’s acrylic painting “Crab Shanty Reflections,” the natural world’s opposites of “earth and water” and “land and sea” are so different but belonging together. The crab shanty on Tangier Island, however, is fighting to survive as sea level rises, taking away land, and is a real threat to the centuries-old way of life for the hearty watermen and women who live there. “Sometimes the needs of man and nature are in opposition and it is this very delicate balance that makes it beautiful, but precarious,” gallery representatives said.

Scott Broadfoot’s oil painting “Sweet and Sour” illustrates two opposites and has a deeper life metaphor. “The sweet things in life always come along with a little sour. You have to welcome one but expect the other.”

In Eileen Olson’s oil painting “Chariots of Fire,” the hues of green and red are opposite each other on the color wheel. They are dynamic when together, intensifying their effect on the viewer. The artist herself said she finds this combination in “Chariots of Fire” to be soothing and balanced.

Gallery One is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is always staffed by an artist. Gallery One is located at 32 Atlantic Avenue (Route 26) in Ocean View. Call (302) 537-5055 or visit www.galleryonede.com for more information.