This June,The Market Gallery spotlights Featured Artists Donna Essig and Laura Vahlberg. In her intricate large-format watercolors, Essig creates surrealistic tapestries that reward deeper and deeper perusal. At first you may not even see the large rabbits camouflaged by exquisitely interwoven roses, foliage, dragon flies, and moths in her 2x4 foot painting “White Rabbits,” but gradually they become visible, only to re-submerge in the charming, charmed garden. In a very different key, Laura Vahlberg’s modestly sized oils explore the quotidian magic of shadow and light, haze and nuance that we see all around us but take for granted. In “Italian Grocery,” she uses her muted palette to contemplate the dilapidation of two abandoned buildings on a cloudy day. The reflection of a faintly bluish sky scumbled on the bleached wooden signboard of the old store constitutes the one bright spot amid the carefully modulated rust-reds and greys of the deserted street.
The Market Gallery, a regional artists’ cooperative, is located on Roanoke’s historic downtown market, at 23 Salem Avenue, Roanoke, VA 24011. Summer Hours: 11 am to 7:00 pm Tues – Sat. Call The Market Gallery (540) 342-1177, or visit us on Facebook or on the web: marketgalleryroanoke.com.