Yoshiho (Jane) Chang and John Sheehan are the featured artists during the month of September at the Main Street Artists Gallery in Quincy.
Both have been with the gallery since its inception in 2009 and are currently active participants in its continued success.
In his show titled “Rocks,” John showcases a series of watercolor scenes of Buck’s Lake, specifically the changing views of the lake caused by shifts in water level and protrusion of boulders, which had previously been invisible.
He likens this scene to Monet’s Rouen Cathedral, which the master went back to paint from several different views. John shows views of the lake that include animals, fish, birds, humans in kayaks and motorboats — all interacting with the rocks.
These interactions range from boaters running into sunken rocks to teenagers jumping off boulders and babies learning to swim with their doting parents. John thinks that sunsets are the best time to view osprey and eagles stopping by to secure their newly grabbed fish and to watchtender-footed children being helped over the rocks by their parents. He presents views of these boulders over the years and over different seasons, using every tool: photography, pencil, pastel, guache, oil, watercolor and egg tempera in approximately 20 renderings.
In a particular perspective, John focuses on one specific boulder, which isgranite, like the Lakes Basin rocks. It stands at the same angle as the others, both in the water and at low tide and all have eroded at the same time under the same forces. John’s renderings show this rock at different times in different media to highlight the way it changed throughout the seasons.
When out of the water, it stands on the beach by itself at up to 15 feet high.
And the significance of this investigation? John says, “None — its just a lovely hunk of granite.”
Yoshiho (Jane) Chang shares the gallery with John Sheehan in September, showcasing her lifelong fascination with fantasy, color and the unseen.
Her show titled “Flight of Fantasy” uses the metaphor of the owl and the raven, spiritual birds and mythological guardians of the light and dark. Her depiction of fairies represents fantasy — painting the unseen in real life in order to reveal its beauty. These entities bring emotions and visions to the viewer as in alchemy and magic and they evoke an emotional response. Thus art (like music) becomes the conduit to fantasy, emotion and other things that are difficult to convey any other way.
Jane said abstraction evokes an emotional response because it is unseen and hence becomes the observer’s story as soon as it leaves the artist’s hand.
Thus converting the unseen into the seen via art converts it into something tangible, yet spiritually uplifting.
Sharing the show with Jane is her partner, Jeff LaMattina, a constructivist artist who is known for building amazing robots and otherworldly metal objects of fantasy and mystery. His other passion is restoring vintage motorcycles.
The opening takes place from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 6. Complimentary wine and appetizers will be served. The gallery is located at 436 Main St.