Pop Up with Shaina Gates / December 14 + 15 / 5:30 - 7:30pm / 720 Union Street, Manchester

Kelley Stelling Contemporary presents a special two night pop-up at Two Share Brewing at 720 Union Street in Manchester. Earlier this year Gates painted a contemporary mural on the exterior of the space, now it’s your chance to see her works on paper and canvas.

To Share is Manchester’s newest brewery and right next door to the pop-up. To Share will host their grand opening on Saturday, December 15th - so stop by for some art and grab a beer on the way out!

Shaina Gates lives and works in Exeter, NH. She has shown her work in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, throughout New Hampshire, and the Cape Cod Museum of Art. Her hyper-realist pieces remind the viewer of tromp l’œil style painting, where she minutely details each crease and fold of a crumpled piece of paper. For this pop up solo exhibition, several large scale graphite drawings depict the carefully rendered topography of the paper surface. Also included are several highly realistic watercolor paintings, which present the unfolded paper with areas of geometric color. For her mural on 720 Union Street., Gates has abstracted this technique to create a graphic map of the colored areas. The interconnected shapes, which wrap around the outside of the building, are derived from a crumpled paper model of the structure.  

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Food Porn / December 13, 2018 / 5:30 - 7:30pm

We have all used the term ‘food porn’, Julie Gray and Katie Commodore, both graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design, explore the term quite literally. Both artists explore women’s roles in the world through ‘traditional’ ‘women’s crafts’ including paper mache, embroidery, beadwork, and tapestry.

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