Galley celebrates the local artist through the Bastille Day show | News

ROCKPORT-Bastille Day celebrates the event that sparked the French Revolution in the 18th century.

In Rockport, more than 300 years later, the owners of Découvert Fine Art began a tradition on Bastille Day, July 14, to highlight an artist and bring people together for a pure aesthetic and perhaps a spark of spiritual exploration.

“It represents a day when an artist is discovered worthy of greater recognition,” said gallery owner Steven Law.

In the eighth year of the event on July 14, from 7 to 10 p.m., the feature artist is Mark Drury of Rockport. A selection of his sculptures and drawings can be seen in the “Shape Memory” exhibition in the gallery at 73 Main Street in downtown Rockport.

“In some ways, Mark’s exhibition is more aligned with the spirit of the historic event,” Law said. “Past Bastille Day artists have come from Paris, Florence, Boston and Vermont. Mark was our first local artist, and his connection to Rockport spans decades. He remembers visits to his great -grandmother who Marjorie Selew Thompson, who has lived in Rockport for more than 30 years, teaches rug hook and embraces natural beauty.

Drury commented that memories are shaped and expanded, growing and receding, every day of our lives.

“Unexamined, they can build a kind of prison, especially the unsatisfactory ones. Lama Marut taught, ‘You can change the past by giving yourself a kinder, better, gentler memories. ‘ ‘Shape Memory’ explores this idea, ”Drury said.

Her great-grandmother inspired her art, gifted her with pencils and sketch pads when she was 12. Soon, she began drawing Motif No. 1 in three dimensions.

After high school, he studied art and design.

“I benefited from studying art history and the artistic critical exchange. I was amazed to learn that Henry Moore created abstract human forms from his memories that were in the pipes, the shelters. of the bomb, during World War II.Also, during these years of development, I received a gift from my great-grandmother, an exhibition catalog of the work of John Marin that inspired me to believe that hope is found in nature, “Drury said.” When I walk down the street, I see things in shapes: negative space, positive space, large shapes, small shapes. “

Such ideas have served Drury well in his work as a creative director for Apple, Sun Microsystems and Cisco Systems. In his work, he has created corporate events and exhibits in Europe, Singapore, and Hawaii, to name a few. Whether designing a 40-by-40 trade show booth, or banners for the Louvre, Versailles, or Montmartre, the idea is to educate the public about the power of emerging technologies.

“‘ Shape Memory ’was the first exhibit where I was invited to explore art for the sake of art, exploring and abandoning a pure creative stream that I only controlled. In some ways, this is the most important exhibition of my life, ”Drury said.“ In nature I look for things thrown in or out of the sea, in ways that I sometimes feel like the American company is throwing away. I don’t like the sea, but I can use it. These things are kept in my studio where my work bench lives. I love seeing things come to life from that bench. ”

The Act says that these new acts are worth experiencing.

“Imagine memories – dreams, happy and sad events, places lived and experienced – shaped in two and three dimensions. It’s magic, especially when someone discovers how they were created,” Law said. .

The names of the authors also ignite memories, with titles such as “Curious” about the discovery; “Monumental,” reminiscent of nightmares from painkillers and perhaps the unknown; “Cape Secrets” unleashes the magic of Cape Ann; and “Step into Memory” which is reminiscent of words from an Australian surfer who said “If you understand Mother Nature, she has a pulse. The wave is the pulse of the planet. When you surf, you ride the beating heart of Mother Nature. “

Law said he plans on opening like previous years, putting the aesthetic experience of the art above all else.

“As expected in surrealist works, I hope the viewer’s memories and dreams will give more meaning to each piece. Hopefully, on the sidewalk, we will talk a lot about experience and success, ”he said. “That’s what happened last year.”

Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-675-2706, or at