Cathy Martin And Michael Noland Exhibitions Reviewed In The Shepherd Express

Cathy Martin’s ‘eye(scapes)’ and Michael Noland’s ‘Under a Falling Sky’ at Tory Folliard Gallery


Closing in on its 30th anniversary this July, the Tory Folliard Gallery shows no signs of slowing down. The gallery presents two new exhibitions opening on Saturday, March 24.

Viewed without context, Cathy Martin’s landscape paintings astound with their remarkable photo-realism. They appear all the more remarkable upon learning that the Wisconsin artist is self-taught and mastered the depiction of morning fog and wispy clouds through inborn ingenuity.

Michael Noland’s gouache on paper paintings blend nocturnal hues, repeating forms and graphic lines to evoke comparisons with tribal art, psychedelia and surrealism. Noland favors animals and insects for his subject matter, delighting in snails’ shells, peacocks’ plumes and other instances of symmetry in nature.

An opening reception for the exhibitions will take place from 1:30-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, with an artist talk at 2 p.m. “Under a Falling Sky” and “eye(scapes)” are on view through April 14.