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Bevy of vibrant creations celebrates season of love at McGowan

  • Beaded jewelry by Lisa Hall

    Beaded jewelry by Lisa Hall

  • Pulse by Kiera McTigue

    Pulse by Kiera McTigue

  • Beaded jewelry by Lisa Hall
  • Pulse by Kiera McTigue

Love is a many . . . many, many splendored thing. At least that’s the view from McGowan Fine Art, where the annual “Love, Lust and Desire” exhibit will soon be on display. This year, the gallery is positively bursting with vibrant art celebrating the sweetest and most powerful of human emotions. More than 60 artists – most of them local – are putting their art on their sleeves for the popular show, interpreting the concept of love in myriad ways.

“There’s just such variety this year. There’s everything from painting to sculpture to jewelry,” said Jessica Pappathan, communications director for the gallery. “We even have one that’s made from fondant.”

That’s right, Lynn Poliquin’s “Book of Love,” is a sugary sculpture made of fondant, royal icing, edible gold dust, food coloring and dragees. “It’s really pretty. It has almost a bridal quality to it,” Pappathan said.

But if words like “bridal” strike fear in your heart, relax. This is not a categorically mushy-gushy show. Like the mediums, the themes run the gamut.

“It’s actually pretty loose. Love, lust and desire can come out in many forms,” Pappathan said. “A love
for animals, landscapes,
food . . .”

Returning this year are Jane O’Hara’s much-loved animal paintings, jazzed up this time with beads and glitter.

Other McGowan regulars are also exhibiting this year, but the show, which runs Jan 29 through Feb 15, with an opening reception Feb. 1 from 5 to 7 p.m., also includes several newbies. One of the things that makes the show special, Pappathan said, is that it’s very inclusive: All submissions are considered, and all pieces are on sale for $300 or less.

That’s one reason the show is a favorite for locals.

“This is our busiest opening of the year,” Pappathan said. “It’s a fun opening, a fun event. It’s almost like a party.”

For information on “Love, Lust and Desire,” call 225-2515 or visit The galley is at 10 Hills Ave. in Concord.

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