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Naples' Gardner Colby Gallery celebrates 20 years representing artist Corso

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Gardner Colby Gallery in the Third Street South Gallery District in Naples has announced a reception for impressionist artist Frank Corso to celebrate their 20 year relationship with the artist. The reception will coincide with the opening of a special exhibition of new work, as well as a retrospective of some of his most classic paintings spanning the past two decades.

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Gardner Colby owner Nancy Winch (left) told American Art Collector magazine in 2007: “In his ten years of painting here in Naples, Frank Corso has firmly established himself as the preeminent interpreter of the Florida landscape. It is my firm belief that when the pundits look back and discuss the greatest landscape painters of the 20th and 21st centuries, Frank Corso’s name will be on that list.”

Corso’s genre is impressionism. His motifs are balmy beach scenes, torrid Gladescapes and nocturnal settings with luminous skies. His forte is his exceptional treatment of light, a quality that Corso attributes to his steadfast refusal to rely on photographs or work in studio, under artificial light. “I rarely use photographs, even as a memory jog,” Corso fiercely states. “I work on location and paint what I see.” He finishes his smaller paintings in one sitting, so there’s no need for photos in connection with them. “Even on the larger works, I do most of the work while I’m on location though it’s usually necessary for me to complete them back in the studio because I run out of time.” And light.

Painting what he sees in plein air infuses Corso’s paintings with reality you simply cannot get from a photograph. “When you paint from a photograph, the painting looks like a photograph,” Corso insists. Particularly a painting that’s impressionistic. “I like the feel you get when you paint what you see.” And Corso goes to great lengths to paint what he sees.

“I will continue to spend as much time as possible painting outdoors,” the artist posts on his website, “as I am convinced there is no better way to sharpen your skills as a designer and draftsman than to work from life. I actually hear other artists talk of their work as if it were tedious or boring, and in almost every case, that is an artist who works indoors. The answers to nearly everything in painting landscape is outdoors. There is no substitute to painting from life, and there is certainly no better art director than Mother Nature. The artist’s studio is a good place to ponder what you did outdoors. I have been and will continue to paint the bulk of my paintings from life. Not to mention that being outside is a heck of a lot more fun.” Heat, humidity and mosquitoes be damned.

The exhibit opens on Wednesday, March 5, with the reception taking place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The evening will also premiere the release of Corso first-ever book, Corso, A Painter's Journey, which the artist will gladly autograph during the reception. Kindly RSVP to 239-403-7787 or art@gardnercolbygallery.com. Gardner Colby Gallery is located at 386 Broad Avenue South, Naples, FL 34012. For more information, please visit http//:www.gardnercolbygallery.com.

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