Gallery Update

 

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I will be exhibiting a solo show at the beautiful Grove Gallery. The opening reception is during Milwaukee’s Fall Gallery Night, Friday Oct. 20, 5-9 PM, There will be cold beer and live music from the blues/folk duet Graveyard Shift (my son is in the band). There will be a gallery talk at 2 PM the following Saturday Oct. 21. where you can get to know me a little better.

The show is entitled, “Out From the Darkness” and that refers to letting go of the influence and pressures of academic training and practice and just trying to channel the teenaged kid back in the 1970’s who loved drawing for endless hours and listening to the best music ever made on the 8-track. There is also a certain “Darkness” in the drawings of demons, comics, snakes, skeletons, monsters, bad boys, and cool cars. The exhibition is primarily black ink drawings, acrylic paintings, and screen prints all of which can be viewed on this website. The screen prints (pictured above) will be for sale $80 and under.

We have also published the “Sketchbook of Gregory Martens” which is a compilation facsimile of my sketchbooks, also very reasonably priced at $20. Published by the great Brett Waterhouse at Waterhouse Press, the sketchbook has become my life’s blood for ideas, practicing my drawing chops, copying old masters, and recording bits of wisdom picked up over the last year or so. It is a personal glimpse I believe you will find fascinating. I’ll be honored to sign books on both Friday and Saturday.

There has been some wonderful publicity for the exhibition. Kat Kneevers wrote a great review in the Shepherd-Express. She also promoted the article and exhibition on Radio 88.9 FM. Jim Higgins wrote another great preview for Gallery Night listing our show as a top pick in the Sunday Milwaukee Journal. And finally, I had a really fun interview with Tom Crawford on Radio WMSE 91.7.

Get an early sneak preview of the the show during Doors Open Milwaukee Sept. 23-24 Noon – 5 PM, at The Grove Gallery, again live music provided by Graveyard Shift. Stop by and get a behind-the-scenes look at the fantastic Lamers Building which houses The Grove Gallery, Team Nerd Press letterpress printing operated by Adam Beadel, and the amazing studio of Celine Farrell who also owns the building.

GROVE GALLERY
832 S. 5th ST. Walkers PT.
Milwaukee WI 53204
414-659-0262
Opening Reception: Oct. 20, 5:00 – 9:00 PM. Cold beer, Live Music
Artist Talk Oct. 21, 2:00 PM

I will be available for private tours, interviews, etc. by appointment: gmartens@mindspring.com