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Scapes of Land, City and Water

Timothy Cobb Fine Arts' "Scapes of Land, City and Water" is an exhibition of 38 works by 12 artists illustrating the continuing development of the tension between rural, sub-urban and urban landscapes.

Like many in cities across the country, I find myself traveling to and from work each day not seeing one landscape giving way to the other.  I have a trained eye used to study details that finally dissolve in deference to the artistic whole, but because I am wrapped up in what comes next in my every-day life, I forget to notice what has been, and is going on around me, whether I'm in the car or on the sidewalk.

Urban architects have learned to meld flora with brick and mortar, the historical and whimsical, and the old and new works of art dotting our surroundings.  Perhaps somewhat lost, and ultimately creative, we bring the outside in, and the inside out.  For instance, Jan Carson's lovely silk-leafed mobiles bring the outside into the gallery, lending a sense of movement in light and shadows cast across the artwork.

Enter the gallery into a downtown, park-like destination.  Enjoy the respite of the sight and sound of a beautiful marble water sculpture by Susan Falkman, seeming to float in the pond it occupies, while the adjacent traffic is stuck at a light in Shelby Keefe's oil painting "Waiting for the Green".  Down the street hangs her rendering of a "Popcorn Truck", the proprietor likely waiting and hoping you'll appear at the window asking for a bagful.  Nearby is a reminder of the industrial age in Tyler Meuninck's "Bayview Iron Works, 1919", an expansive oil painting with a gorgeous palette leading us into the sense of factory life.  Juxtaposed, follows Steve Ohlrich's surreal and haunting night scene of a cream city brick, two story house with a passerby gliding through the firefly inhabited dusk. 

In a nice transition, Matthew Bailey's "Today I Hope" shows the toned body of a traveler flying (searching for something of the soul?) over a city, which gives way to the many winsome rural views of Fred Bell, Beth Stoddard and Sherri Thomas.

We are brought back to the city in the striking, large format drawing "Septic System", also by Bailey. The work comprises separate pieces of paper hand-stitched together showing the head-on prevalence of man's wanton destruction of the hearth in favor of the hedonistic.

Unique and expertly crafted sculptures by Tom Eddington, Gene Mihleisen, and Narendra Patel enhance the exhibition's landscape with carved wood, paper, and a water faucet, respectively. Yes, this exhibition includes everything, AND the kitchen sink, literally. There's lots of fun to be had here.

"Scapes of Land, City and Water" highlights the beautiful work of a dozen artists in a carton that is Cobb's ever reimagined environment.