Gloucester artist Erin Luman presents her latest series of paintings in the exhibition shelter | the cottages of Long Beach.  An Opening Reception will be held Saturday June 2nd from 4:00-6:00pm at Jane Deering Gallery . 19 Pleasant Street . Gloucester MA. 

’An avid flea market-goer and antique house owner, I’ve always had a savior complex with old things: a rusty gate handle, the most perfectly used leather belt, a beautiful old (chipped) bowl.

Gloucester has so many old homes that capture me the same way. Each house, one after another pulls me to remember it, to protect it, to paint it. My Cityscape series started in downtown and my newest work heads to the beach; to the little vintage cottages that sit on the edge of Long Beach. As the years wane on in the hot sun and winter storms, these cottages are being worn down and replaced with houses of more heft.

The pull for me to protect continues but I can only shelter them on canvas.’
— Erin Luman

Working in acrylic washes, Luman applies thin veils of paint on wood panel, building up color layer by layer. To add texture, she adheres vintage maps to the canvases before painting. Using the houses of her city as her subject matter, she preserves these places in paint so as the city moves and changes around us, her buildings remain.

Erin Luman holds a BA in Communications, with a minor in Art and Theatre. She studied painting with Bruce Herman from 1995-1999 and with Zygmund Jankowski from 2005-2007. Luman is also a musician and has published two albums under the name Erin Dooley. Her current band — Cables and Lines — will release a CD this summer. From 2013-2017, she performed as back-up singer for featured artists at Carnegie Hall in New York. Since 2001, she has taught guitar and songwriting at Brookwood School, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. She currently lives in Gloucester where she maintains her visual arts studio. Her work has been exhibited locally and is included in private collections.  This is her first show at Jane Deering Gallery.

The exhibition will continue thru June 30th.
Gallery hours: Saturday & Sunday 1:00 - 4:00pm
and by appointment @ 978-223-8625
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