When it comes to art, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
But when the art is of celebrity icons, it’s easy for anyone to see the attraction.
Local Cory Bennett Anderson’s art has been selling fast ever since he started showing it at the Carrie Goller Gallery in Poulsbo.
His works include John Wayne, James Dean and the Tin Man from Wizard of Oz,
“There’s nobody like him,” Goller said. “He’s new, refreshing.”
She said she’s followed his progress for some time.
“I’ve watched him grow,” Goller said. “I’ve been interested in his work for years.”
She said it’s hard to describe Anderson’s mixed-media art because of his “interesting methods,” from spray paint to acryllics.
“It’s street, urban, neo-pop, expressionist,” she said.
Anderson isn’t the only local whose art is displayed at the gallery.
Goller’s work also is there. She specializes in “encaustic” art, which is Greek for “to burn in.”
Encaustic is the earliest known form of paint, first used by the Greeks over 2,000 years ago. It involves melting, applying, then heating with a blow torch, fusing layers of beeswax (resin and pigment can be added).
She also likes to oil paint, but, “I love all mediums.”
With winter coming up, Goller is planning to hit the road as usual with her husband Jeff while employees mind the gallery. She calls their 32-foot RV her rolling studio, and she often paints while her husband drives.
Another local’s work there is Max Haslette, whose home and studio are nearby. The 91-year-old man is a “lovely gentleman” whose art is displayed exclusively at the gallery, Goller said.
Hayslette is a world-renowned Modern Master. His work is in over 400 private, corporate and public collections such as Stanford University and various embassies around the world. At one point, over 16,000 galleries in 32 countries carried his prints and art.
“He can paint anything,” she said, adding his landscapes and abstract art are “brilliant.”
Sophie Frieda, whose studio is on Bainbridge Island, is another local whose works are displayed. Originally from England she is now a U.S. citizen and paints “floratanicals” (lush, brilliantly tined and stunning botanical plants and flowers).
Goller said they are not doing artwalks or demonstrations right now, but, “I’d love to go back to that” once Gov. Jay Inslee’s Phase 3 happens and more people can gather together.
Goller said despite COVID-19 she has a record month for sales in July. They were closed for awhile, but opened when Phase 2 was enacted. She said people need to wear masks and stay six feet apart.
“We want everyone to feel safe,” she said. “We don’t let too many people in at once.”