In the Abstract 

Three new artists at The Warehouse

The Warehouse Restaurant, Brewery and Gallery will host an opening for artists Holly Parker, Tish Lacy Reed and Dr. John Sherman this Friday.

All three of the artists' works tread a fine line between abstraction and symbolic figuration.

"The majority of my work deals with abstraction. I strive to put in some objects that are more realistic, but most of the backgrounds are very abstract," said Holly Parker, who works in both oil and acrylics while also incorporating elements of photography and collage to create texture.

While Tish Lacy Reed's mixed-media works are also figuratively allusive, they strive to conjure a more open-ended and organic feeling through heavy texture, earth hues and precognitive shapes. Though Reed says she works predominantly in the abstract, "several pieces have to do with impending war, and this body of work has been part of a transitional phase in dealing with my father's death," she said.

Radiologist by day, Dr. John Sherman can't wait until he can devote himself full-time to his lifelong passion of painting. But, he says, radiology has "fit well with my love of images." Like Reed and Parker, Sherman feels comfortable with the combination of abstract and figurative modes. "My artwork is about expressionism -- about myself and my inner self. I feel like it's part of a great connection to the world. It's almost like an archetypal unconscious. I like to think it speaks to people in a language of symbols, colors and shapes."

Parker, Reed and Sherman are new additions to the stable of artists represented by the Warehouse Gallery.

-- Noel Black


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