Wednesday, June 30, 2010

New Show in Washington State Opening With Friend and Fellow Artist, David Marty

“Sunscreen” by Michele Usibelli is on display at Cole Gallery through July 31.

On display: Cole Gallery, 107 Fifth Ave. S, Edmonds, hosts an exhibit of July’s featured artists, Michele Usibelli and David Marty, through the end of the month.

Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, noon-5 p.m. Sundays

Admission: Free

Info: 425-697-2787 or

Jocelyn Robinson, News editor
Published: Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Summertime Art at Cole

Do you feel it? The sun, the warmth, the fresh air. It’s summer, and it has finally come to relieve South Snohomish County residents after months of dark. And it’s definitely a good feeling.

Artists Michele Usibelli and David Marty do what they can to capture the essence of that feeling with their oil paintings, allowing the sensation of rest from the rain to be felt all year round. Both Edmonds-based artists present new works July 1-31 at Cole Gallery in Edmonds.

Usibelli’s brush strokes harness an energy not tapped by many. Filled with florals and faces, she brings viewers back to remembered moments of joy.

“I’m trying to recreate an experience,” Usibelli said in a press release. Evoking comforting memories, the spontaneity of work lies in the various volumes of oil on the canvas. She creates thick strokes that fade into thin and thinner strokes, which end in boisterous texture.

“It gives you visual relief not to have it all the same,” Usibelli explained. “I want to celebrate different types of applicants and not pigeonhole myself in one type of style or subject.”

“Her pieces are vibrant and luscious,” gallery owner Denise Cole said in a press release.

Marty also celebrates style and subject as he explores the serene scenes of the Northwest.

“I’ve been to many stunning places in the world and few can compare to the beauty of the Northwest,” he said in a press release.

Marty is one of the premier landscape painters in the Northwest, according to Cole. “You just want to drink David Marty’s art in, filling your lungs with calm and your eyes with wonder.”

“[Painting],” Marty said, “is the best language I can communicate in.”

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