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Sometimes there’s just more awesome stuff in this county than there is time to see it. Or editorial space to write about it. It’s a happy problem, but a problem nonetheless: The abstract art of North County artist Peter Holmes, for example, certainly deserves far more than the wimpy coverage I am giving it. Readers, I’ve failed you again. But alas!

PETER HOLMES AT PIERCE :  Catch this closing show at a Saturday, July 7, reception from 5 to 8 p.m. at PierceModern Gallery, 617 12th St. in downtown Paso. - PHOTO BY ABIGAIL GUMBINER
  • PHOTO BY ABIGAIL GUMBINER
  • PETER HOLMES AT PIERCE : Catch this closing show at a Saturday, July 7, reception from 5 to 8 p.m. at PierceModern Gallery, 617 12th St. in downtown Paso.

Where were we? Ah, yes.

Painter Holmes’ works in oil reflect the artist’s modern interpretations of abstract expressionism. Great, fearless strokes create shapes alternatively organic and sharply angular. In some works, one sees the suggestion of windows, tables, ladders, and wooden beams; others recall tree trunks leaning in the wind, or vistas obscured by white mist, everything meeting in that place where nature encounters abstraction. Shapes in a rainbow of muted colors—dusky purples and pinks, burnt oranges and yellows, dirty greens, deep honest browns—are surrounded by scratchy off-whites and outlined in dark reds.

In fact, the works’ rustic shades, intentionally or not, seem to echo the dusty brown hills, trees, and late-evening sunsets of summertime Paso Robles, where the works currently hang at PierceModern Gallery.

On Saturday, July 7, from 5 to 8 p.m., catch this show at a closing reception during First Saturday: Wine and the Arts—the monthly art walk in downtown Paso Robles.

Located at 617 12th St., the gallery is open Thursdays through Sundays. Hours of operation are 4 to 9 p.m., and on Saturdays from noon to 9 p.m.

 

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