Cerulean Gallery announces it’s upcoming exhibition, “On Edge, Part I” scheduled to open on Friday, September 16, 2016.   The exhibition, “On Edge, Part I” (of 2) will feature the talent of four artists: Sarah Atlee, Fritz Danner, Nic Noblique, and Victoria Taylor-Gore.  Working with gouche on paper, oils, acrylic on canvas, mixed media, and powder coated steel, each piece takes on its own edgy approach both literally and figuratively.  Gallery founder, Caroline Kneese states, “The artwork in this exhibition consists of rich, dark pallets, hard lines, and rough edges that, overall, reflect an intensity in each body of work.”

There will be a free opening reception on Friday, September 16, 6pm-9pm and is opened to the public.  The exhibition will be opened September 16, 2016 and run through October 28, 2016.

A portion of the evening’s proceeds during the opening reception will benefit Panhandle PBS, www.panhandlepbs.org/home/.  Panhandle PBS provides a gathering place for intelligent, trusted community engagement to educate, enlighten, entertain and empower the people of the Texas Panhandle and the world.

Vice president of communications and marketing for Panhandle PBS, Chris Hayes shares, “Panhandle PBS is thrilled with Cerulean Gallery’s offer to donate a portion of the proceeds from the reception to our station’s efforts. We especially love partnering with those who help celebrate art and artist in our community. Gifts like this allow Chip Chandler to write and share the stories of area arts in his Play Here blog on PanhandlePBS.org.”

The public is invited to come meet the artists while enjoying complimentary light bites and beverages, and help support this worthy organization that helps those in need

SARAH ATLEE:  Sarah Atlee uses vibrant acrylic paintings to reimagine traditional still lifes for the digital age. Her recent compositions combine tempting, succulent foods with “glitches” painted directly onto the canvas. An avocado is interrupted by the irregular curves of a cracked screen. The natural beauty of an heirloom tomato is marred by low-resolution errors and broken pixels.

“Historically, still life paintings are windows onto impossibly perfect worlds. This illusion of perfection continues into our daily lives on the Internet, as we live from one Insta-worthy moment to another,” Atlee states. “Why not use the flaws of online technology to break into that illusion?”  The play between spontaneity and perfection bleeds into Atlee’s geometric abstractions as well. “I am increasingly influenced by modern quilt-making, balancing the dual impulses of precision and improvisation – making perfect versus making do.”  Atlee paints and sews without an alarm clock in her Austin, TX studio. Visitors are always welcome at sarahatlee.com.

FRITZ DANNER:  Fritz Danner was born in Indianapolis but spent his early life in Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska.  He studied painting with Peter Gallo at Middlebury College in Middlebury Vermont and received his BA at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California.  Mr. Danner currently resides in Amarillo, Texas.  From Danner’s artist statement: “I like the way “This odd thing is strangely related to that odd thing…”   I like the look of a line on a surface, and I like the pattern of things.  Different light can change the look of a thing, can make something familiar seem new again.  Some images evoke new thought.”

NIC NOBLIQUE:   Nic Noblique is a Texas based sculptor whose preferred medium is steel.  Asked to kindly leave the Colorado Institute of Art after only a few short weeks of class, he has gone on to harness a rebellious and tenacious need to succeed on his own terms.  “I have fabricated some of my own machinery that allows me to push the limits. Most notably, my 60-ton cold rolling / 3-bar pinch rolling machine that is built from entirely recycled parts including a 50-year-old transmission from an oil jack-pump.  I do love to play with color in juxtaposition to the environment and surroundings, often making use of how color can elicit physical reactions and emotional responses. I am drawn to rusted patinas and stainless steel for their ability to stand out and sustainability is at the forefront of my process,” states Nic.                                                                                                

VICTORIA TAYLOR-GORE:  Victoria received a BFA in 1983 from West Texas A & M University, and then in 1985 attended the University of California, Santa Barbara for her MFA.  She has exhibited work professionally for the past 20 years and is an assistant professor and chair of the Visual Arts and Design department at Amarillo College. Her work depicts simplified architectural and landscape forms in a distorted perspective and seamlessly blends the pastels in smooth color transitions.  Ms. Taylor-Gore states, “Most of my work involves some aspect of a house in an imagined landscape, with a touch of surrealism as objects and forms tend to take on an implied meaning.  A house can be thought of as a symbol of the self, and often a glowing colored light gives life and spirit to each house.”


Cerulean Gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery founded in Dallas, TX in 2006 by Caroline Crockett Kneese and relocated to the Wolflin area of Amarillo, TX in January 2015 and recently announced a new location inside the Canyon Exploration building located at 814 S. Taylor.  The Gallery features the works of established and emerging local, regional, and national artists in nine annual exhibitions, as well as provides personal consulting services for all levels of art connoisseurs.  In addition, Cerulean Gallery is focused on giving back to the community and donates a portion of the proceeds from each exhibition opening to benefit various philanthropic organizations.  Cerulean Gallery is open to the public Monday through Saturday, 10 am – 3 pm.

Cerulean Gallery
2762 Duniven Circle
(806) 231-0615