‘Three’s a Crowd’ at Gallery One’s April show | Arts & Entertainment

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Laura Hickman created ‘Garden in Ravello,’ in pastel.

Gallery One this week announced the theme of its April show, “Three’s a Crowd,” open to the public March 27 through April 30.

The saying goes, “Two’s company, three’s a crowd,” but at Gallery One this month, good things can also come in threes.

“The old proverb (dating back to the 1600s), is typically used in circumstances where a third person is not welcome when two people (perhaps lovers) want to be alone with each other,” organizers noted. “We see this in artist Cindy Beyer’s pastel ‘Beat it, Bubby.’”

“Marco Island is the perfect spot for pelican watching,” Beyer said. “It took me some time to get close to these big birds on the rocks. I had a moment to shoot them before they flew off. For our theme, ‘Three’s a crowd,’” I thought it would be fun to paint one flying away after being pushed off the rock, as if the other two said, ‘Beat it, Bubby — this seat’s taken.’”

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Dale Sheldon’s ‘Three White Pelicans’ is an acrylic work.

Pelicans also feature in Joyce Condry’s acrylic painting “No Vacancy,” in which a triad of pelicans evict an interloper. “I’m sorry but we are fully booked. You might try the pier next door.”

But the proverb also conjures up “the Rule of Threes” for artists.

“And our artists illustrate this month how good three can be, because there’s a good reason that sitcom wasn’t called fours company, or there weren’t six blind mice,” organizers said. “That reason is that things arranged in odd numbers are more appealing, memorable and effective than even numbered groupings. There seems to be a magic number. The principle holds weight not just in painting, but also in interior design and photography.

“The answer lies in the way our brains work. Three is the smallest number that can be used to form a distinguishable pattern in our heads. Also, when you see an odd number of things, your eye is forced to move around more, which makes for a more interesting visual experience.”


Michelle Marshal’s ‘Guardians of the Beach,’ an acrylic work, portrays three off-duty lifeguard stands.

This is illustrated in artist Lesley McCaskill’s acrylic “A Gaggle of Geese,” awash in a palette of blues and greens, as well as in Cheryl Wisbrock’s “Three Kayakers,” in watercolor, in which the strong shadows and relatively dark palette serve to emphasize the bright sunlit area the kayaks are headed into, and in artist Dale Sheldon’s “Three White Pelicans” in acrylic, as well as in Michelle Marshall’s graphic acrylic, “Guardians of the Beach.”

In “Garden in Ravello,” a pastel by artist Laura Hickman, there’s some storytelling,

“At the glorious Rose Terrace in Ravello’s Villa Cimbrone, three dogs greeted me,” Hickman said, “but only two of my four-legged friends led me on the grand tour. Obviously, sometimes three is a crowd.”

Gallery One is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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