Tuesday, June 5, 2012

At The Edge Exhibition: Recap

-Gregory Manchess


At The Edge opened this past Saturday in Allentown, PA. I was smacked right in the eyes when I turned to look at the first piece on the first gallery wall: a beautiful pen and ink by Franklin Booth of a ship of the line, followed by an original Arthur Rackham. A first class collection of first class fantastic art, all luscious originals that spanned the past two hundred and twelve years.


And it continued to astonish, piece after piece, gallery after gallery. A wall of original Frazettas; full scale sculptures by Tom Kuebler, oil paintings by everyone from Bonestell to Berkey, NC Wyeth to William Blake. Exquisite pieces by Golden Age illustrators and contemporary professionals.



I became suddenly anti-social, avoiding handshakes and helloes in favor of pressing my nose up close to many of my favorite paintings, and  most of my favorite painters. I was powerfully delighted and damn near giddy over this show.


If you are anywhere near Allentown, and you are a painter, or an enthusiast for fantastic worlds portrayed by many of this world’s greatest artists, you must stop by to see what a wonderful presentation Pat and Jeannie Wilshire have put together at the elegant Allentown Art Museum.


A class act indeed.

7 comments:

  1. All brilliant, but that second piece truly knocks me for six... damn! °_°

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    1. I suppose I should've mentioned that it's a detail from a painting by Paul Lehr. It's a beauty in reality....

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  2. I have put my Wife, and Brother[Lives 30 minutes south of Allentown] on notice that I am making a pilgrimage to Allentown before September 9th.

    Can't wait to see the originals.

    Thanks for posting the pictures,

    Mike

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  3. Will be driving up from Kentucky for this one.

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  4. This is one of these occasions when I wish the Atlantic ocean was much smaller, or the aircrafts were much quicker. I am sad that I will not be able to see this majestic exhibition. Rackham, Dulac, Pyle, Wyeth, Cornwell, Frazetta, and many more of my idols and “mentors” under the same roof, together with many of my contemporary inspirations…And, Gregg, what an honor to heave my little painting hanging next to yours and James Gurney’s masterpieces!...By the way, it was very pleasant and enlightening to talk to you during the Spectrum Live show…Guess what, I already bought a bottle of Galkyd medium and a tube of fast drying white oil paint…Cheers, Gregg!

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