717 Gallery "Art Treasures" Exhibit

Visit 717 Gallery for “Art Treasures,” an exceptional duo show featuring small paintings by renowned artists Louis Escobedo and Chris Wilke, who are exclusively represented by 717 Gallery. Meet the artists at an opening reception during Easton’s First Friday Gallery Walk on November 6 from 5-8pm. The show runs through December 31.

During his fine art career, Louis Escobedo has exhibited his work across the United States, including galleries in California, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Illinois, Virginia, and Maryland. He has received many awards, most recently the 2014 Gold Medal in the 23rd Oil Painters of America (OPA) National Juried Exhibition Master Signature Division.

Chris Wilke is an Eastern Shore native and longtime artist who works in watercolor, graphite, and oils. She is a collector of art and antiques. “Art has always been part of my life,” she says.
These two extraordinary artists have captured artistic nuggets that pack a punch in beautiful scenes of fruits, vegetables, landscapes, people, and objects on small canvases (10x10 and smaller). Although Escobedo and Wilke make it look easy, they admit that creating small, distilled paintings is a challenge.

“Small paintings require a total change in technique,” Escobedo explains. “You have to make more with less on the canvas.”

Wilke agrees. “Painting small canvases requires an artist to take an image to its essence,” she says. “You are forced to determine what to keep and what to take out while preserving the integrity of the final piece.”

Stop by 717 Gallery and see the remarkable results. Located at 717 Goldsborough Street (across the street from the Country School), 717 Gallery is the gateway to the arts in Easton from Route 50—stop here first! Additional parking is available across the street at The Country School. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10:30am to 5:00pm, or by appointment. More information is available at www.717gallery.com and on Facebook. Or contact YolandaEscobedo by email, info@717gallery.com, or phone 410.241.7020.