September at the Gallery is all about realism. We’re proud to show Massachusetts native Neil McAuliffe’s beautiful paintings of Cape Cod and Bermuda. Also on display are incredible decoy carvings by nationally renowned decoy carver, Kevin Kerrigan.
After the rush of getting the kids ready and off to school, we invite you to Geary Gallery to relax and have some cultural "me" time while you view the beautiful exhibit we have going on this September. We look forward to seeing you at this "Education in Realism."
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Featured Artist, September
Originally from Cape Cod, McAuliffe is a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art. Since graduation, he has worked steadily as an artist. In 1991 at the age of 28, McAuliffe was commissioned to paint a series of aerial scenes of the villages of Hyannisport and Osterville, Ma., Harvard University, Augusta National Golf Club and Pebble Beach Golf Links.
McAuliffe’s paintings capture the beauty of daily life on Cape Cod. His subjects are common landmarks and favorite scenes he discovered while exploring back roads. Sometimes he will revisit a location and capture it at different times of the day or a different season.
McAuliffe also finds inspiration in the Carribbean, where he has painted the endless beauty of Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Bermuda and Key West. His commissioned work there include Sandals Resorts, Jablum Blue Mountain Coffee Co. and Caribbean Utilities Inc.
McAuliffe is working exclusively in oils. On his style, McAuliffe explains, "I'm a self-taught painter working in the realistic style, but my intent is not photorealism. Detail in painting is important but the final product should look like a painting. I’ve drawn and painted all my life and look forward to a lifetime of creating art for people to enjoy."
Featured Carver, September
For more than 35 years, Kevin J. Kerrigan has specialized in the art of hand-carving and painting precise reproductions of antique waterfowl decoys.
Kerrigan creates precise replicas of the much-sought-after works of the last generation of master decoy carvers, including Elmer Crowell, Shang Wheeler, Lem Dudley, Ward Brothers and Joe Lincoln.
Kerrigan came under the tutelage of the late Ralph Morrell, distinguished Zoologist Emeritus at the Peabody Museum in New Haven. Morrell, a long-time friend of master decoy carver Shang Wheeler, inspired Kerrigan's interest in decoy carving and helped develop his unfaltering sense of accuracy and aestheticism.
Kerrigan and Morrell subsequently collaborated on many projects that included detail paintings for the Peabody Museum, the Museum of Natural History and The Smithsonian Institute. An avid sportsman and naturalist, Kerrigan’s carvings have graced the covers of Orvis catalogs.
We cordially invite you for "An Education in Realism" at The Geary Gallery of Fairfield County, CT featuring the breathtaking New England scenes of Neil McAuliffe plus the decoy carvings of Kevin Kerrigan. The exhibit runs from September 1 – September 30, 2011. Admission is free, paintings and decoys are available for acquisition. Geary Gallery is open to the public Wednesday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is located at 576 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT 06820. Visit our website at www.gearygallery.com for more information or call (203) 655-6633.