Few artists become masters, much less masters in two mediums. But then there’s Michael Coleman.
“Michael is a real legend in the world of Western art,” said Greg Fulton, owner of Astoria Fine Art. “He’s been doing it for 40 years plus and is very well accomplished as a painter and as a sculptor.”
These days Coleman has been diving headfirst into sculpture. During the Fall Arts Festival, Astoria Fine Art will host what Fulton believes is Coleman’s first entirely sculpture show in Jackson during the gallery’s QuickDraw reception Sept. 14.
“It’s rare to find an artist that has been able to have such a great career in two mediums,” Fulton said. “The work he has been producing is amazing.”
Astoria Fine Art has the Fall Arts Festival down to a science. Coleman’s sculpture showcase is one of the gallery’s two main shows during the festival. The second, scheduled for Sept. 14, is Astoria’s eighth annual Joshua Tobey and Mark Eberhard show.
The Tobey and Eberhard show epitomizes what Astoria Fine Art is a gallery: a place with a little something for everyone, Fulton said. Differentiating itself from other galleries in terms of its diversity, Astoria Fine Art boasts works on both sides of the contemporary-traditional fence and also dabbles in seascapes, African art, classical European works, still lifes and anything else as long as its quality.
“The mix is really tremendous, and I’ve been trying to show people as collectors that you don’t have to be too focused on one style as long as the artists are very high quality,” Fulton said.
Over a dozen Astoria-represented artists have work in the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s permanent collection, making the gallery a premiere stop after the museum to see some of the world’s best wildlife art.
Tobey’s sculptures and Eberhard’s paintings also straddle the line between contemporary and traditional Western wildlife art.
“We have a great mix of traditional and contemporary in the gallery, and for both of these artists, even though I call them contemporary, the people who collect their work tend to collect both,” Fulton said.
Though Tobey’s sculptures can be purchased outright, Eberhard’s painting will be sold via lottery during Astoria’s QuickDraw reception.
In addition to the two main shows, Astoria is hosting a Meet the Artists reception from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, with 25 of the gallery’s artists, and its family-favorite Root Beer Float Party during Palates and Palettes, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6.
“Palates and Palette is always such a big party, but there’s a lot of people who come out from the community but don’t always bring their families to the galleries,” Fulton said. “Because we have two little boys, for the last six years we’ve hosted a Root Beer Float Party that’s more of an all-ages event.” ￼