The Washington Street Gallery at the Eastport Arts Center will be featuring a month-long retrospective show of work by John Salko. The paintings can be seen August 3-27, with an opening reception and artist’s talk on Sunday, August 3 from 5:00-7:00, to which the public is invited. The opening reception will feature live music from Eastport musician Colie Brice.
Salko works in both acrylic and oil on large wooden panels to produce intriguing, colorful abstracts. He uses innovative techniques to draw the viewer into his complex designs of color and movement. His emotional style varies from detailed abstracts to bold, flowing works of abstraction.
As with many artists, the events of his life have influenced the style and content of his work, from his experiences in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive, to his early years in Maine where he made a living as a fisherman in an eighteen-foot boat that he built himself. Through the portfolio of work that he has produced during the intervening years in his studio in Perry, Maine, he has captured the attention of art lovers internationally and throughout the United States. Salko characterizes himself as a self-taught painter, naturalist, poet, fisherman, writer, horticulturist and a master carpenter.
His Washington Street Gallery show can be seen Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00a.m. to 4:00p.m., and evenings and weekends when the Easptort Arts Center is open for other events.