Home Arts-Entertainment Showcase 4TH ANNUAL 'MOE SHOW' IS AT FRAMES OF MIND



March 21, 2003 – There's not a lot of middle ground for maneuvering when it comes to the artwork of St. John painter Moe Kunsch.
Either you like his abstract imagery, or you don't.
"It may be easier to describe what Moe's work is not than what it is," says Dean Baldwin, co-owner of Frames of Mind Gallery in Cruz Bay, which is holding a one-week showing of his recent work that opens on Saturday evening.
"It is not traditional. It is not representational," Baldwin continues. "There are no beach scenes. There are no people or boats."
Well, there might be, but they don't look like what most observers of art in the Virgin Islands are accustomed to seeing.
Kunsch will be showing 30 new works — acrylic paintings, some mixed media pieces incorporating photography, and one-of-a-kind computer-generated prints. They vary in size and are priced from $400 to $1,500.
This is the fourth annual "Moe Show" at Frames of Mind, Baldwin says, and this year it's turning out to be a bit more work for her than in years past – because her husband and gallery partner, John, is out on a sailboat "with no wind" and isn't expected back until after the show opens.
Kunsch, a St. John resident for 20 years, spends his winters in Cruz Bay, working out of his apartment. He doesn't have a telephone.
Baldwin says he "will always challenge your imagination. As always, it is a delight to see in what new direction this high-energy artist has gone. His use of color and his mix of mediums all combine to give us a glimpse of what is on Moe's mind."
Something else that offers the viewer insights is his choice of titles for his works. "They are a little clue to what he's trying to represent in his art," Baldwin says.
Late Friday afternoon, however, she had no clue as to what the clues might be this time, as Kunsch had yet to deliver his title cards.
In addition to exhibiting on St. John, Kunsch has shown his work in Connecticut and on St. Martin, Baldwin says.
Frames of Mind is located in the Lumberyard complex in Cruz Bay. The show will hang for one week only. The opening reception on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. will include wine and light snacks, along with an opportunity to engage the artist in discussion about his ideas and his work.
To learn more, call Baldwin at 693-8560.

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