Current Art Gallery Showcase
Aero Plains Brewing is proud to present paintings by Bill Goffrier and Whytnie McDonald and the photography of Mike Arnold.
About the artists:
Bill Goffrier, earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Wichita State University in I980. While attending WSU, Bill joined several classmates to form the punk-rock band, The Embarrassment, which developed a devoted following on the Indie music scene. The Village Voice’s long-time chief music critic, Robert Christgau, called them a “great lost American band.” In 1985, while finishing his MFA degree at Boston University, Bill helped to found the Indie band, Big Dipper. The band’s full-length album Heavens, which was released in 1987, has been described by music critics as being “one of the finest American indie albums of its era.” Throughout the decades while involved in music, Bill has painted with watercolors for the convenience they lent to his plein air painting. For the last few years, Bill has returned to painting primarily in oil on wood panel. Among Bill’s paintings are many landscapes. Regardless of media, in this genre the most striking attribute they share is sensitivity to observed light. Favoring cool colors, he uses abrupt tonal shifts to emphasize implied line imbuing his compositions with a sense of nostalgia.
Whytnie McDonald hails from New Mexico where she realistically paints her surroundings on the front range of the Rocky Mountains. Whytnie, an accomplished oil painter looking for new ways to create her images, moved from pigment paints to digital painting. Here she employees all the skill, tools and techniques as before, but through the use of a digital stylus and her computer. This method provides her with the ability to produce paintings with greater flexibility in resources and space, albeit requiring the same amount of time. Whytnie’s paintings are like a snap shot of everyday life, places and events that surround her in Southeastern, New Mexico.
Mike Arnold, has spent the past 30 years capturing the overlooked and forgotten spaces through his many camera lenses. Over the years he has traveled across the country in search of these (decaying) monuments of human endeavor and every day life. Spaces once filled with vibrant life, activity and struggles, now stand silent and empty. Mike’s photos, provide a poignant reminder as to the never ending passage of time.