Helen Rogak has possibly the most interesting section overlooking Government Street across to Capitol Iron. There is no lone romantic arbutus or dramatic mountain background not even a glimpse of the ocean, but she has managed to capture a certain urban charm.
Christine Clark has taken the opportunity to do something both minimal and expressionistic. There are shades of Lance Olsen and Cy Twombly in her mostly black painting. There’s a suggestion of a skyline but nothing instantly recognizable. Forms have been reduced to ciphers defining the elusive essence of place.
Betty Meyers utilizes a similar colorful approach but with the addition of seagulls to suggest the nearby ocean and she introduces the all-important human element.
Lastly Cheryl McBride has used a soft palette to convey an airy brightness. Buildings become building blocks in her painting and curiously, it’s a construction crane that ties the whole thing together.
Xchanges Gallery itself is an old motel sandwiched between Gregg’s Furniture and the Dairy Queen. It’s the kind of place Tom Waits might find homely. Clearly these four artists like a challenge. The area may get gentrified eventually but in the meantime they work with what they’ve got. They’ve done well to make so much out of such an uninspiring prospect.