Monday, March 21, 2011

Blue Heron Gallery

Original oil painting 28x22"
by Susan Roux

Think sunshine, warm sand, long beaches and vacation. People strolling about relaxed and smiling. Tank tops, flip flops, shorts and ponytails. The smell of salty air.

Think Cape Cod.

Have you ever been? It's a wonderful peninsula, shaped like an arm if you're showing your muscle.

Locals here refer to their locations by using body parts. For example, Orleans is located on the inside of the elbow while Chatham is on the outside of the elbow. Truro is the wrist, Provincetown or P-town as it's known are the fingers, and Falmouth is the armpit. Ask for directions on the Cape and these are the words you'll hear. It's pretty self explanatory and with a single highway running to the tip, finding your way isn't very difficult.

Blue Heron Gallery is located halfway between the inner elbow and the wrist in the lovely town of Wellfleet. People come to Wellfleet for the art. It has many art galleries all within walking distance. Aside from these it's also known for it's oysters. I've been very fortunate to be represented at this fine gallery for years now. The owner, Roy Thurston III, is a wonderful kind man and will happily greet you as you enter. He loves art. He loves the female form and his walls are hung with beautiful amazing pieces of art. You'll also find swirling sculptures, chiseled sculptures, tiny sculptures and whimsical sculptures. Beautiful colored glass pieces sitting on pedestals are placed to capture your eye and enhance the art. The whole experience of walking through this well known gallery is exhilarating to say the least.

The gallery sits behind a lovely perennial garden, center-pieced by a sculpted female with water trickling down her body. You'll walk among the flowers on a brick-laid walkway that leads to the front door. The garden stroll is just a hint of what lies inside. You'll be surprised by it's size. There you'll find a series of rooms on two floors and well placed art that pulls you through the space. Each time you turn another spectacular piece catches your eye in the distance and soon you're drawn further into the maze exploring every inch of the gallery. It's so easy to get lost in the art. At times you may even get lost in the gallery!

Delivery time is approaching. Blue Heron is a seasonal gallery and April is when all the art arrives. Roy is an amazing curator and in a week's time he'll have the empty walls dazzling. I'm looking forward to another season and the opportunity to have my latest series of females out in view for the public. So if you find yourself on the Cape this summer, remember Wellfleet is between the inner elbow and the wrist. Do stop by and let me know what you think.


  1. Hi Susan, I grew up in the armpit of Cape Cod in a city called New Bedford.....a fine old whaling seaport which eventually brought in cotton and rayon mills. Visit historic downtown if you are ever in that area. It's beautiful, but when I go back to visit family I am always glad to come home to Maine where even after living here for almost 8 years, I still feel like I'm on vacation. Now that's the way to live!

  2. ooooooooooooo, Susan. It sounds like such a charming place. I've been to the Cape but would so love to explore it much, much more. Take care. Susan

  3. Oh, how I wish I could look as pretty as the lady in the Sundress...

  4. Je comprends maintenant pourquoi je ne t'ai pas aperçu ce weekend! Tu produis, tu produis à grande vitesse dis-moi!...
    Mais quand tes oeuvres riment avec lumière elles nous éblouissent...
    gros bisous

  5. Another beauty, Susan. Oh to have her figure!! Maine is always where I've wanted to live, ever since a little girl. Along that Atlantic coast somewhere, an old but lovely house and the ability to walk along the rocky coast...Sigh...

    I wish you much luck with getting all your pieces to the gallery and even more luck with kudos and sales! Wish I could visit the gallery!

  6. Another wonderful post. I ran the last three days in my running shorts so the summer cannot be too far away . Thanks again.

  7. This is just beautiful! I would love to be were she is. :) You have really done a outstanding job.
    Best of luck at the gallery.


  8. Beautiful piece, I love all of the subtle colourings in the background. I enjoyed your description of the Cape, it sounds like a wonderful place to visit. Maybe someday.

  9. I can feel the warmth of the sun just looking at this painting: lovely piece! The simplicity of the figure against the water in that warm light really stays in the mind.

  10. Haven't been to the cape in years, but you make me want to go back. This is my favorite so far of your three beach ladies. I can feel the heat on her skin and the coolness of the water! Don Hatfield's influence has been wonderful for you, and heavy handed me could certainly use some of that soft dreamy quality! Could you please send me an email and let me know if there are any spots left in his workshop? Dates as well, as I already got the approval from the hubby. Sorry it took me so long to respond; I've been kind of out of it since my mom passed away a few weeks ago.

  11. I've never been there but it sounds wonderful! Wanted you to know that I am playing around with my next story, and using an artist as my MC's profession.:)

  12. Hi Susan,
    Lovely painting! This is such a wonderful description of the Cape's geography. I've spent a lot of time there, but I've never quite visualized the arm parts until now. I have to admit I get confused because there is a beach called Sandy Neck - although it's on top of the bicep.
    I'll look for your work the next time I visit the area.


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