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Mango Tango Opens Seaside Gallery Friday with Mel McCuddin Show and Champagne

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Feb. 28, 2008 – Mango Tango Seaside Art Gallery at Yacht Haven Grande is proud to present a potent exhibition of oil on canvas paintings this Friday, Feb. 29 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Scream of Consciousness, is the work of American figurative artist Mel McCuddin of Spokane, Wash. The show fills the spacious new second gallery location of Mango Tango.
The paintings in the current exhibition are large in scale. Many are 48 inches by 48 inches in size. McCuddin communicates with the viewer through daring, austere imagery. His work endeavors to depict the human condition. .
McCuddin has painted for over four decades. He exhibits regularly in Spokane and Seattle,, Portland, Oregon, and Couer d’Alene, Idaho. He has participated in shows in Pago Pago, American Samoa and Japan, as well as in galleries and university shows throughout the United States. Mango Tango has featured his work for four years.
McCuddin’s technique has evolved through years of painting, as has his imagery. He paints directly on the sized canvas, with no preliminary drawing or outline. The paint is poured, dripped, rubbed and wiped, and he uses rags and his fingertips, at least as frequently as he uses brushes. The decisions made concerning color, light and space are largely intuitive.
McCuddin explains that "the color is treated generally by under painting with warm colors overlaid with cooler ones. This technique gives an inner glow to the paint." He says, "I use mostly single figures, either animal or human forms, with a strong relationship between the figure and the background (usually a light figure against a dark ground or vice versa). I find a single figure to be more visually powerful than groups of figures; consequently most of my paintings consist of single subjects."
He adds, "my justification for forty years of work is that I am trying to put something worthwhile into the world and to make paintings that cannot be forgotten."
The public is invited to enjoy the champagne reception, while viewing the art. Meet the artist during the opening,
The gallery is located next to Chico's. The show continues for two weeks at the Yacht Haven Grande location, after which it will be moved to the Mango Tango Hillside Art Gallery on Raphune Hilll.
For more information call 777-3060.

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