A different Wall Street investment
Gallery: Wall Street Fine Art / The Balance Wheel
Location: 232 Wall Street, Vail.
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
With all the mixed news coming out of Wall Street these days, it’s much more fun to visit Vail’s very own promenade of the same name.
Nestled among the shops along the tiny stretch of pedestrian walkway is Wall Street Fine Art/The Balance Wheel, a combination watch and art showroom. To be sure, there are some very beautiful watches on display within the store, but it is the art on the walls that is the focus of this column.
Visiting the gallery for the first time, you might feel as though you have been there before. In fact, if you are familiar with Vail Fine Arts and its sister galleries, the sense of deja vu is understandable. The artists on exhibit are many of the same people you will see in other Jim Tylich galleries.
As a gallery space, Wall Street Fine Art is much smaller than any of his other four. In fact, the tight space limits the viewing potential considerably. Some of the best paintings are displayed on the narrow stairwell walls leading to a much better lit upstairs.
The beautifully handled oils of two very gifted Russian painters, Alexi Bolshakov and Dmitry Maevsky, are placed along the stairway so you cannot adequately step back to view them.
At close range the brush strokes become the focus of a viewer’s attention, followed by the colors. The subject gets a bit lost when seen at that proximity. Nonetheless, they are superb works.
Being familiar with the numerous Russian artists in the sister galleries, it was disappointing to see the same names and similar results, albeit there are a few fresh names to be seen.
Eduardo Chacon, a Colorado artist, is well represented. His oil paintings of simple still lifes are akin to the Flemish school in their handling of backgrounds and highlights, as well as in the application of paint to canvas.
Although they are hand embellished, the painted over gyclee prints by Michael Flohr are quite colorful and enjoyable to see. His subjects include barrooms and restaurant interiors populated by patrons looking somewhat bored or otherwise engaged.
Several of Michael Klung’s textured, semi abstract, richly colored paintings are seen as you enter the gallery and according to The Balance Wheel owner, Kevin Cannel, Klung’s work is very popular among visitors to the gallery and sell quite well.
On the upper level, the work of Sergey Liahovich is displayed in an airy, light more spacious room. The work is a bit impressionistic, and utilizes a very light palette and exudes the charm of the French painters of the late nineteenth century. The subjects are parks and lakes in Russian cities and might just be reason enough to head over to The Wall Street Gallery.
Another painter, whose work is evocative of Monet’s, is Jerry Georgeoff. Georgeoff’s own interpretation of “Evening Water Lilies” possesses a decorative quality that could easily have been painted at Giverney.
In addition to Georgeoff and Liahovich, the upstairs section has work by American plein air painter Don Sahli, and there are a couple of uncharacteristic pieces on display. His large, “Dramatic Passion,” is a canvas drenched with evening sunset colors, so rich and dense you can hardly see the mountains and lake he has captured.
Stew Mosberg is a writer and journalist working out of Blue River. He holds a Bachelor of Design degree from the University of Florida, College of Fine Arts and Architecture, is author of two books on design and is the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.