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Gallery Ehva
daring and beautiful art

The year of the unexpected joy... In our 7th season, in location of many possibilities and many challenges, we'll continue to present art full of surprises and beauty, made by exceptional Provincetown and national artists, with our guiding spirit of Arthur Cohen and his unflinching love for Provincetown at the helm. All year long we'll exhibit art by Bill Barrell, Midge Battelle, Fred Garbers, Wendelin Glatzel, Irén Handschuh, Ken Horii, Jenny Humphreys, Bill Liebeskind, Susan Lyman, Richard Smith and many others. We'll also repeat our very popular exhibit "Younger Than Amy" [after Amy Winehouse] organized by young artists from Cape Cod, Boston and New Bedford. Gallery Ehva will continue our EhvaLAB program which is our hands-on art making by gallery artists and friends (new for 2015 season is Arthur's etching press and small ceramic kiln). In off-season we'll still hold an open invitation to all artists for a 2-week residency program (please contact us for details).

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Ewa Nogiec, Director
508 487-0011
art@galleryehva.com

74 Shank Painter Road
Provincetown, MA
Open Thursday-Sunday
Noon to 6pm
Always by Appointment

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Art Is Good

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Tracey Anderson
Midge Battelle
Bill Barrell
Arthur Cohen
Didier Corallo
David Ellis
Miriam Freidin
Salvatore Fiumara
Joanna Gabler
Fred Garbers
Wendelin Glatzel
Irén Handschuh
Myrna Harrison
Alicia Henry
Ken Horii
Jenny Humphreys
René Lamadrid
Bill Liebeskind
Susan Lyman
Ewa Nogiec
David Paulson
Richard E. Smith
Rob Westerberg
Cyndi Wish

Gallery Ehva

Gallery Ehva
74 Shank Painter Road
P.O. Box 1426
Provincetown, MA 02657
508 487-0011
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All rights reserved.

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I am Provincetown

I am Provincetown...

Invited ArtistsEfrem Marder: Paintings

Curated exhibit at Gallery EhvaMarit Cranmer curator

July 19-30, 2013
Opening Friday, July 19, 6-8pm

Painting by Efrem Marder

Painting by Efrem Marder

Efrem Marder
Born - Oct 16 1951

At the age of 5, Efrem began doing pencil line drawings of family members, surprising for someone of that age. As a teenager he resumed drawing intensively, and began painting after meeting his future father-in-law, the painter Ted Denyer. Ted opened his eyes to the world of painting in a profound way, and was a major influence as an artist, mentor, and friend for almost 40 years. Efrem went on to study painting at Bard College, graduating in 1973 with a BA in Art. The painter and Prof Alan Cote, his senior advisor, was instrumental in helping to encourage him to find his visual voice in a freer and more expansive way. Although Efrem's work from that time appeared to be influenced by abstract expressionism, it was music that was the more motivating factor. Avante Garde Jazz became a major influence on what Efrem was trying to work with in the visual arena- improvising freely on a large scale, with strong color and intricate gestural form, discovered in the moment, and evolving like a jazz solo. The influence of the painters that affected him most, Cezanne and Matisse, are not necessarily seen more obviously in his work.

At the age of 16, Efrem was introduced to Jim Forsberg's work in Provincetown, and purchased his first painting (with saved allowance money), a small still life from the late '60s. The Denyers (Ted and Barbara) and the Forsbergs (Jim and Joan) were all artists who had studied together after the War at the Art Students League in NYC and remained good friends. Provicetown/Truro was the place to be for all involved for part or all the summer. So it was for Efrem, his first wife Lauri, and his young family as well. Over the years, it became important to spend time in Forsberg's studio when in Provincetown. Both Forsberg's and Denyer's painting, although quite different from each other, and different from his own, became a tremendous love and influence for Efrem, informing his understanding of the power of the language of color, form, and structure.

After graduating from Bard, baby in tow, the family moved to Western Mass to work with a spiritual/educational group studying the teachings of G I Gurdjieff, an enigmatic master from the Caucasus who died in 1949. Factory work, and odd jobs were needed to support a growing family, and by the time there were three children Efrem went back to school to study Math/Stat and completed a MA in Math from UMASS/Amherst in 1980. This began a 30 year career in the Corporate arena serving the support of five children. Efrem built and oversaw a department of math professionals who developed simulation models and techniques for managing bond investment risks and related issues. This work, although demanding and stressful, was also quite creative and rewarding in its own way. At the same time, the Spiritual work continued, and evolved into the study and practice of Dzogchen, a knowledge preserved in the Tibetan Buddhist traditions. There wasn't always the possibility for active painting during this time, but in 1989 Efrem was able to have a studio again, and paint intensively for some years. So, active work was inconsistent until retirement from the Corporate world in 2010, and the studio reemerged as a primary focus.

In 1996, a year after the first marriage ended, Efrem met the Norwegian artist/curator Marit Cranmer and they married in 2001. Marit, a tapestry weaver, had been the director of a major art institution in South Norway. In 2005, they completed the creation of a private gallery space in a renovated barn at their property in Conway, MA. Since then, they have jointly curated and exhibited a variety of private showings of their work and from their collection. Currently the gallery is filled with Forsbergs.

In 2012 Ewa Nogiec (Gallery Ehva) suggested to Efrem that he consider showing his work publicly, and exhibited three of his paintings in the Persistent Abstraction show that August. She invited him to exhibit (as a guest artist) a show of paintings (curated by Marit) opening July 19, 2013. He is very grateful for the opportunity- particularly to exhibit in Provincetown, where he has spent part of virtually every summer since he was ten, and where many artistic influences developed. This combines Efrem's lifelong devotion to painting and love of Provincetown.

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2012

Persisten Abstraction

 

Efrem Marder, Persistent Abstraction

Efrem Marder, Persistent Abstraction show at Gallery Ehva

 

Efrem Marder, Persistent Abstraction

Efrem Marder, Persistent Abstraction show at Gallery Ehva

 

Efrem Marder, Persistent Abstraction

Efrem Marder, Persistent Abstraction show at Gallery Ehva

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Provincetown Artist Registry

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