Husband and wife, Christopher and Esther Pullman, both trained as graphic designers, but now are working in different media. While their work does not appear to have commonality, they both are dealing with the overlooked and under-appreciated leftovers of the world around us. Esther frames elegant compositions found in the hum-drum geometry of the streetscape while Christopher is drawn to the complex engineering of crab parts the seagulls leave behind on the beach. Both look closely at small details and find beauty in something most people pass by without notice.
OPENING RECEPTION · Saturday, June 9, 4-7pm
Our latest exhibit, Little Gems, celebrates small original artworks by fifteen contemporary artists, many of whom we have worked with over the past decade, as well as artist friends new to the gallery.
One of the things that makes a jewel so compelling is the concentration of beauty in a tiny object. My father loved small wonderful things. He drove a small car, owned tiny houses, and loved miniature books.
In 1977, working for the J.M. Kaplan Fund and in conjunction with the Smithsonian, he curated Artists’ Postcards, a collection of small artworks by contemporary artists. All of the original art was executed at postcard size. The 39 original paintings, drawings, and collages were exhibited together. Beautiful reproductions of the works were published and sold as individual postcards and as a complete set.
Now, 40+ years later, Elaine and I continue to be inspired by how concentrated beauty in small format can escalate its special and compelling qualities.
We are excited about the prospects for exhibiting this small scale gem-like work in conjunction with our jewelry collection.
- Charles Gladstone
Jill Whitney Armstrong
Diane Charyk Norris
Julia Von Metzsch Ramos
Juni Van Dyke
Covetable crown work designs from Ray Griffiths… join us for his HOLIDAY POP-UP at GLADSTONE!
MEN OF THE SEA
paintings and collage
OPENING RECEPTION · Saturday, December 2, 4-6pm
As admirers and collectors of Rockport artist George Anderson’s work for the past twenty odd years, we are very pleased to be showing his rich modernist portrayals of Gloucester fishermen at work. George’s well-developed eye for two dimensional design in advertising is evident in his mastery of composition and color in the powerfully graphic paintings. His flat outlined figures and their ubiquitous large gloved hands bring an anonymity, strength, and nobility to his subjects.
Emerson wrote, "It is in the doing that you gain the power." As an artist, this quotation has great significance to me. It has encouraged me to paint when it seemed impossible. Painting the same subject over and over and gaining a rapport with the canvas has instilled in me a power and an inner strength which I believe is inherent in my work.
I was born in Montreal, Canada in 1931. I attended commercial art school in Quebec and became a member of the Art Federation of Canada. As a young man I worked as a display artist and later became an art director with a major Canadian publisher. In 1967, I formed G. Anderson Advertising in Montreal. The agency grew and expanded with offices in Montreal, Toronto and Brussels.
Throughout my career, I have always been involved with art direction. In 1981, I moved with my family from Montreal to Exeter, New Hampshire. Two years later, I sold the agency to the employees to work on a new career in fine art. The agency has since been sold to D.D.B. Advertising and is called Anderson D.D.B. (Toronto, New York, Montreal and California).
Over the past 20 years I have worked daily on my career as a fine artist. I have had group and solo exhibitions of my paintings, including:
Noho Gallery, New York
Jules Gallery, Boston
Rockport Art Association
Judi Rotenberg Gallery, Boston
Field Gallery, Martha's Vineyard
Granary Gallery, Martha's Vineyard
Cambridge Gallery, Cambridge, England
First Sight Gallery, Bath, England
At present, I have studios and galleries in Rockport, Massachusetts, and Portland, Maine.
OPENING RECEPTION · Saturday, September 16, 4-6pm
My artwork explores flora and fauna with a playful embrace of color and texture across three primary media: painting, printmaking, and drawing.
I seek to capture a sense of freshness and spontaneity in my work and enjoy the sense of discovery in unexpected results. Above all I wish to communicate my sheer wonder at the transient beauty and mystery of nature.
Floribunda is a celebration of the flowers in my garden that have been my inspiration over the past several summers. Roses, butterfly bush (Buddleia), columbine (Aquilegia), lilies, poppies, Japanese painted fern - all their varied forms and beautiful colors have informed my artwork. The rose series is monotype in oil on 100% rag paper. I used several stencils for the outline shape of the roses. I enjoyed experimenting with how little information I could put down and still have the image read as "flower".
- Mara Callahan
Saturday, May 27, 4-7pm
This exhibition looks at two distinctive shapes of the sea shore: crab claws, part of the non-descript detritus washed up on the beach below our cottage in Annisquam; and the ungainly hulks of trawlers and tugs hauled up on the drydocks in Gloucester. Each is seen unnaturally.
The claws are unsettlingly large but at the scale their sculptural forms and subtle colors can be admired and their engineering understood, when before they were just unexceptional flotsum. The big work-boats are similarly out of their element, oddly levitating and worringly top-heavy.
While the claws are small things seen big, the boats are big things seen small. For the painter, the closer we look the more detail we see and can depict. The reverse happens as we miniaturize: the smaller the scale, the more the tools force us to generalize and find the essential form. In each case, the activity involves looking closely at things, and often, looking at familiar things in a different way.
- Christopher Pullman
Join us! Polly Wales’ extraordinary cast-in-place gemstone and diamond creations will be here at Gladstone...unique alternative bridal designs and coveted one-of-a-kind jewels for your everyday adornment. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the Collection firsthand and enjoy special event pricing!
“I love the unpredictability of the casting process. How a piece will look is never sure until the investment plaster is cleaned away and the gold is revealed. It’s magical every time.” ~ PW
LONDON, LENNY, AND HADRIAN: BRITAIN 2014 - 2016
Thursday, December 1, 5-7pm
This is the first US exhibit of English photographer Giles Edwards’ work. Born in London in 1958, his street and social documentary photography captures the quirkiness and mindset of the English people, and addresses homelessness. These images are juxtaposed with Edwards’ photographs of Britain’s majestic countryside, Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland.
Edwards’ education began at St George's School Windsor Castle, the Queen's boarding school for choristers of the castle Chapel Choir, from 1966-1971. He took the test to become an angelic choir boy, but failed. Not a strong academic student, he studied photography at Radley College for one year, spending most of his time in the darkroom at age 18. This was the extent of his formal training in the field.
In life, Edwards has explored numerous career paths. Antiques dealer, “selling bits and bobs to an assorted collection of eccentrics, low lifes and chancers”, a stint in the music industry at Island Records, and training with Peter Newman as a fine art oil painting restorer. Clients included the National Gallery, National Gallery, Greenwich Maritime Museum, National Portrait Gallery, and the Mellon Foundation. “As with the antiques chapter, this was a time spent mixing with the art dealers of London, a fabulous collection of old school charmers, streetwise artful dodgers and, more often than not, an impossibly seductive combination of the two.” From 1986 - 2014 Edwards worked in film and video. He and a partner formed an independent film production company making promotional and corporate films. This culminated in a longterm project in which he produced 60 films to promote higher education in the UK.
“Throughout all these haphazard adventures and assorted shenanigans I have never been far from a camera and I suppose photography has always been my No.1 preoccupation ever since I first got me mitts on a Kodak Instamatic.”
“With regard to the street photography side of things, when I was in my teens I discovered an English photographer called Tony Ray-Jones. He was operating in the 1960’s and very early ’70’s. I absolutely loved his stuff, amazing pics full of humour and kindness.” Ray-Jones described his own work, “My aim is to communicate something of the spirit and the mentality of the English, their habits and their way of life, the ironies that exist in the way they do things, partly through tradition and partly through the nature of their environment and mentality.” Giles’ other influences include Martin Parr, John Gay, Edith Tudor-Hart, Garry Winogrand, and Vivian Maier, and a number of the 1960’s generation of British landscape photographers.
“The way I actually go about shooting in the street is quite simple. Every day that I spend attempting to shoot this stuff starts as early as possible. Summer 5:00am onwards, winter just before sunrise. I randomly select a starting point on the tube map and see what happens. Sometimes things just fall into your lap and on other occasions I will spend perhaps an hour waiting in a location I like for something to happen. Anyway, it involves a lot of walking. I think my longest hike has been just over 20 miles through London in a day. Occasionally, I will shoot at night. The beauty of street shooting is not having any idea at the start of the day of what will unfold. In the early days of this project I used to blast off far too many shots and the results were not noticeably more interesting because of this. Now I am much more frugal in terms of number of shots taken in a day and the percentage of worthwhile stuff seems to have increased. I think I have a result if I have just one image I like from the day. When shooting the ‘down and outs’ I always talk to them before attempting any photography. It’s incredible how positively these overlooked people react even to just being asked their names… It’s quite a controversial issue, this type of snapping, but I’m firmly of the opinion that if you show these people a little respect, it can be justified. I know that a few of the pictures I have taken of ’street people’ and the story behind them have changed the way some of my pals think about this issue. Not saying I’m changing the world, but I think it all helps.”
Edwards’ work hangs in the collection of the Rolling Stones’ London office, and he recently was the photographer at Bill Wyman’s 80th Birthday Gala event in London. He is currently preparing for a January 2017 solo exhibit at the Union Club Gallery in Soho in the West End of London.
Click on any of the slideshow images above to access Giles Edwards' website
Friday, August 26, 5-8pm
These paintings are affectionate portraits of the humble tuber in its more flamboyant state, forgotten but lively, in the back of the cupboard.
Since 2011, I have periodically recorded these finds. I first draw them in conté or graphite to discover just the right pose, and then paint them in oil on 20” x 16” panels. After a while I tried rendering them even larger, where their fascinating patina and decorative appendages can be appreciated even more. Seeing something small blown up to an unnatural size has always interested me, like the gigantic 17th century flea engraved by Robert Hooke.
These portraits have mostly been painted in my studio, in winter, when I take a break from my habit of painting the rocks (outside, in watercolor) along the shore of Cape Ann, north of Boston, where we have a cottage. Friends have mentioned the strange similarity of these boulders, deposited on the beach by the retreating glaciers, to the potato, and I must admit there is something familiar about their form. But the potatoes have a charm and amusing persona that I just don’t see in the rocks.
For years I resisted showing these potatoes outside my studio because I liked watching them grow as a family of related shapes and personalities. Elaine and Charles, the proprietors of Gladstone Jewelry and Gallery, have finally twisted my arm to go public.
- Christopher Pullman
RAY GRIFFITHS TRUNK SHOW AT GLADSTONE
We are pleased to host master fine jeweler and designer Ray Griffiths for three days this week! On Thursday, July 21 through Saturday, July 23, 11am - 6pm each day, guests will have the opportunity to preview the latest of Ray Griffiths’ signature Crownwork™ and gemstone collections with the designer himself.
An award-winning Australian-born fine jeweler and gemologist, Ray Griffiths creates timeless pieces that are inspired by architecture, and fastidiously crafted. Originating from his experience as an apprentice to fine jewelers and tiara makers in Melbourne from the time he was 15 years old, he has drawn from the traditions of antique jewelry making and has created his own thoroughly modern style. The natural beauty of exquisitely cut gemstones is the focal point of the designer’s unmistakable work, but rings and pendants which incorporate ancient coins are also outstanding. He will be introducing his latest collection, “Ray Everyday”, comprised of simple, understated and very wearable pieces for your everyday wardrobe and lifestyle.
All are welcome to attend and enjoy special event pricing. Refreshments, bites, and, of course, amazing jewelry, will be served!
S A V E T H E D A T E !
DESIGNER TRUNK SHOW
Wednesday, June 29, 11 - 7
one day only • enjoy special event pricing
Polly Wales is an award-winning British fine jeweler, who we have had the pleasure of representing since 2012. In early June she won the Couture 2016 "Best in Bridal" Award, a well-deserved recognition from one of the most discerning competitions in the fine jewelry world! The Couture Show takes place in Las Vegas and is attended by over 4,000 of the world's most prestigious brands who come to preview exquisite original designs from more than 200 international designers. The show is a destination for tastemakers in fashion and design, so we expect to see her stunning work featured in the world's top publications soon!
Polly uses traditional lost wax casting methods in a most unorthodox process to create one-of-kind pieces of jewelry that have become her signature style. Each unique creation has a raw, unconventional beauty, featuring repurposed diamonds or precious colorful gems cast directly, often randomly, into gold.
“We make jewelry that never has a perfect moment”, says Polly of her jewelry. “The process behind the backbone of our work is to cast an array of gemstones inside precious metal, to create pieces that always have unique and slightly unpredictable outcomes with a rough luxe, ‘from the earth’ aesthetic….like geodes split open as stones break through at random points to penetrate the surface of the gold.”
Friday, June 3, 5-8pm
We are pleased to present Stone Wave, an exhibit of Cape Ann quarry images by photographer and historian Leslie Bartlett.
These abandoned deep water pools with emerging stone walls were created through the back-breaking labor of local granite quarrymen from the mid 19th century through the 1930s. Bartlett happens upon these manmade stonescapes, overtaken by nature, and perceives them as a gift and a meditation, “a presence defined by absence”. His work is done after the manner of Shi Tao, a 17th century Chinese landscape painter; the artist’s name translates to Stone Wave, hence the tile of this show.
" I do not dare to lay claim to these images as mine.
Worthy only as I relinquish the cloak of ownership,
I bow before the resilient elements...taking up for myself,
the courtesy name of ‘Stone Wave.’ "
OUR EXTENDED HOLIDAY HOURS
Tuesday - Saturday 11-5
and by appointment
Friday, December 4th - Sunday, December 6th
Join us for some Holiday cheer, and check out all the wonderful new things we have in store for special holiday gift giving!
SHOP MANCHESTER NIGHT
Friday, December 4th · 4pm - 8pm
Shop for unique and covetable fine jewelry, fine art, and accessories for her or him, during our extended hours! GLADSTONE will be open until 8pm Friday evening.
GIVE BACK SATURDAY
Saturday, December 5th · All day
Donate a new unwrapped children’s gift or item of clothing at Essen (4c Summer St, Manchester-by-the-Sea) and receive a voucher to present at participating merchants for a special item or discount, valid for Saturday only. GLADSTONE will be offering $50 off a purchase of $200 or more for participants.
Thursday, December 10 · 6pm - 9pm
GLADSTONE will be hosting a men’s night, with classic cocktails, snacks, and advice! A night for the guys to kick back and get the holiday shopping behind them!!!