It’s ‘Bold and Bright’ at Gallery One this December

Gallery One in Ocean View this week announced the theme of its December show, “Bold and Bright,” open to the public Dec. 4, through Jan. 7, 2020.

“Our artists and artwork this month sparkle during the month that includes three holidays — Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa,” organizers explained. “Historically, December has been a month that needed a little brightness. Dec. 21 is the winter solstice, the astronomical first day of winter in the northern hemisphere and the first day of summer in the southern hemisphere. It is the shortest day of the year but also marks a sort of “Birth of Light,” because every day after that grows slightly longer for the next six months.”

For some of the artists, bold and bright brought to mind the exuberance of summer flowers. Artist Joyce Condry summed it up: “Nothing brightens up our lives like flowers. They turn a yard into a showplace, add cheer to a room and put a smile on our faces. All this joy from only a few seeds!”

Her painting, “Poppy Border,” with its chain of bright red poppies, is festive in red and green.

Laura Hickman’s pastel painting “Summer Zinnias” speaks to the feeling many strive to capture during the season.

“During the bleak winter months, it is always comforting to look upon a painting that captures the bright and bold summer colors of a verdant zinnia garden.”

Echoing that idea is artist Cheryl Wisbrock’s watercolor piece “Double Whammy,” in which she shares the gift of red flowers blooming mid-winter. The brilliant amaryllis depicted in the painting was a holiday gift that took a few weeks to grow. It bore cherry-red blooms on a strong stalk, and within a few days a second stalk produced even more bold and bright flowers.

And, speaking of gifts, in “Jacks,” a bright and bold pastel painting by Jeanne Mueller, the artist offers a portrait of her favorite childhood game, with all its shine and graphic primary colors.

For other artists, bold and bright is a summer day spent enjoying the beach. In “Beach Picnic,” an acrylic painting by artist Lesley McCaskill, it’s the quiet interaction of an ordinary activity, picnicking by the beach, where memories begin for family and are enjoyed by the painter. And in “Remembering Summer Days,” an oil painting by Marybeth Patterson, the artist embraces the fun and excitement of the holidays.

“I love seeing some great vivid pictures of summers past in my head during the holidays, umbrellas are replaced with decorated trees, and we have Santa beards and snowmen to remind us of those creamy, foamy waves, while folks close to the shore add treasures of the beach to holiday decorations. Warm summer days are never that far away!”

“In Restless Waters,” an acrylic painting by Dale Sheldon, she illustrates a heron boldly braving somewhat rough waves to search for his dinner. The monochromatic blues of the sky and the water are the backdrop for the darker hues of the heron, creating a bright but harmonic composition.

For artist Eileen Olson, “bold” means big brushes, huge sweeps of her arms and a bright palette filled with luscious colors. Beautiful is what she hopes the viewer sees. Her oil painting “Living Vortex” is a bright celebration of color and joy.

In Mary Bode Byrd’s acrylic painting, “Drone,” the blue colors boldly fly off the page, as the many shades of blue intermix with the sky and the turbulent drone.

Gallery One is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is always staffed by an artist. For more information, stop by the gallery at 32 Atlantic Avenue (Route 26) in Ocean View, call (302) 537-5055 or visit