2013 marks the twentieth year Massoniart has represented artist Marc Castelli.During this year we will feature two separate exhibitions celebrating the anniversary. In choosing the title “Climbing the Stars” for his May exhibition, Castelli is referencing an archaic celestial navigation term and could not have chosen a more apropos title for our first event. Although all new work will be featured, Marc has gone back to many familiar shores in the creation of these watercolor paintings. He returned to England to capture the J-Class yachts; found inspiration from his travels throughout Europe and the Middle East; fulfilled a lifelong fantasy as a guest of Ferrari at the Formula 1 races in Austin, Texas; and deepened his relationships with the watermen working side by side on their workboats.
Throughout his career Castelli has navigated numerous unknown seas. As an artist he has taken risks to expand his vision, address his artistic concerns and hone his technical skills. It is his wish to present views few others will ever see, his need to include the viewer in the experience, and his desire to create tangible abstractions from the shapes and textures that can be found in boats, tools, weather, and most of all water that keeps him ever exploring. In staying true to these impulses, he has found a subject in the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers encompassing all the artistic challenges he would want to pursue. “It is the light I have been trying to capture as it falls and illuminates the watermen going about their harvests. The light – that is in the water and air of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers.” M. Castelli
The exhibition opens on Friday, May 17, with a reception honoring the artist from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Marc Castelli’s Artist Talk is scheduled for 12 noon on Saturday, May 18. Gallery hours during the run of the exhibition are Wednesday– Friday from 11 am -3 pm and Saturday 10 am – 4 pm. During the exhibition the gallery will be hosting rehearsals for the National Music Festival, June 2 – 15.
visit the website for detailed information. www.nationalmusic.us