“A Visual Feast”
Paintings by Jane McElvany Coonce
May 6 – June 1
Artist reception on Friday, May 10th from 5- 8 pm.
A Visual Feast is the solo show for Jane McElvany Coonce’s latest still life oil paintings. A large portion of the show is her crab series. The crab series started as a tribute to the artist’s father, Robert H. McElvany, who used to take her crabbing in the Chesapeake Bay. Her grandparents lived in Norfolk, and on their visits there, they would go over to the bay and spend the day crabbing. Using trot lines with chicken necks on the end of them, they would slowly pull up the lines, scoop the crabs up in a net, and throw them in an old basket. The basket can be seen in several of the paintings such as ” Crab Feast” and “Sudoku Anyone?”. Afterwards, a crab feast would ensue at Grandma’s table. The crabs would be steamed, and a lengthy meal of picking crabs and stimulating conversation would take place. These old memories inspired the crab series. Also featured will be other “feasts” such as “Remains of the Day”, a painting that shows the remnants of a party with it’s empty bottles and half eaten cake.
Visual Feast is a celebration of color as it has to do with the happy feasts we find on our tables.