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Art exhibit on female form opens in Greenport

Bob Markell in his Shelter Island studio in

Bob Markell in his Shelter Island studio in 2009. Credit: Si Weissman, 2009

The nude figure of a woman has inspired many classic artists over time, but Saturday check out this muse in a more contemporary setting in Greenport.

The show, "Femme," features about 25 etchings and monotypes of women in the nude, dressing or resting. The artworks are by Bob Markell, a Shelter Island painter and an award-winning art director and production designer for the 1950s TV series "You Are There" and the 1957 film "12 Angry Men."

"They're just very lovely, classic, free expressions in monotype," says gallery owner and director Caroline Waloski, who curated the show. "Monotype is a form of painting that's done on a plate, and then once you complete the painting it's run through the press so you get like a relief print. It's a unique print. There will never be another one like it."

Waloski describes the warm colors in the paintings as "luscious" and the studies of women as "a bit abstract," although they are figurative.


"It's just a lovely experience to see how while he treats women in a classical way, it is a contemporary woman and it is of interest today to see how women are handled in a contemporary fashion."

"Femme" Monotypes and etchings by Bob Markell

WHEN/WHERE 6-8 p.m. reception June 18, show continues through July 11 at The Sirens' Song Gallery, 516 Main St., Greenport.


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