Gallery Walk

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Lunch Break - Disney World, 8 x 10 inches, oil on panel. february 2017 WA L K Wexler describes interactions with famous creatives of the ’70s and ’80s, long lists of lucky breaks, and a stubborn creativity as inte-gral to his career. But, above all, the painter highlights the invalu-able importance of a loving, ambitious and talented partner, in life and business. “I think for me, the real force behind my success was the fact that I was married to the right lady,” he says. “She’s still behind me 100 percent.” Now in a new stage of his career, the act of creation has become more important than the final product. This is a big shift from an earlier impetus, which was primarily to achieve commercial success in his passion while also supporting a growing family. “I don’t really care so much what I paint,” he says. “I care much more for the act of painting; it’s the process, not the finished piece. In fact, I will frequently redo and redo and redo one of my oil paint-ings, which was not an option with watercolor, and now I have a greater ability to alter the outcome.” When Wexler, who has lived in the Wilmington area since the 1990s, decided to go back to oils after his “retirement,” he found downtown and the beach towns to be a natural fit and an abundant source of inspiration. “I’m intrigued by where I live and the people I live with,” he says. “I’ve loved everything about Wilmington since the day I came here.” He describes it as a perfect complement to the freedom of rejoin-ing the art world without the burden of relying on it for income. “When I decided to go back and paint, it wasn’t to make money, but because it is in my psyche,” he says. “I like to periodically change emphasis from different materials, to different ways of working. I just want to explore new things; I don’t need to be pigeonholed into a singular recipe and it is that process of creation that moti-vates me.” The Dutch and Flemish painters who popularized cityscape and architectural paintings in the 16th and 17th centuries, like Jan van Goyen and Jacob van Ruisdael, ushered in a tonal phase and clas-sical phase of this style. In these periods, paintings were defined Golden Gallery — Cotton Exchange 311 North Front Street, 910-762-4651, www.thegoldengallery.com Digital Heart Collage by John W. Golden Eclipse Artisan Boutique More than 100 local and regional artisans: 203 Racine Drive, 910-799-9883, www.EclipseArtisanBoutique.com For Sale By Owner WA L K Sterling silver patina heart charm bracelet with garnet and copper. $120 “March Snow” by Stephen Sebastian, artist’s proof 75/83 18.5” x 26” triple matted and framed. Signed and dated by artist, also inscribed as follows: “Best wishes to a real lady and friend Merry Christmas —1983 Stephen” $1,800  Privately owned, for sale by owner’s sister. Can be inspected by appointment only, at 7232 Wrightsville Avenue, Ste. D, Wilmington, NC Contact: Pat Bradford 910-367-1137 or 910-256-5830 50 WBM


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