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Drawn East
Paintings of coastal Maine by Michael Guinane, Cody Heichel and Christopher Burk
Presented by: Sharon Weiss Gallery & Brandt-Roberts Galleries
JULY 20 - AUGUST 18, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, July 27 | 6-8 pm

Since the early days of American art, there has been a tradition of traveling to Maine to find inspiration. In the nineteenth century artists such as Frederick Church and Thomas Cole would use the vast mountainous region to create grand landscapes. Winslow Homer fell in love with the Maine coast and lived out his days there painting powerful images of the sea. Artists such as George Bellows, Robert Henri and Rockwell Kent continued to find the beauty of Maine and would return year after year. From Edward Hopper to the Wyeth Family, this tradition of going east has continued to be a great influence on American art.  

Following in the footsteps of these and many others, the show’s three artists from Columbus, Ohio have traveled together up the Maine Coastline to find their own inspirations. Each artist will bring his own interpretations to places familiar to the many artists who have come before them. While Michael, Cody and Christopher have drawn inspiration from the past, they will also be able to bring something new that is their own to share. Like all traditions in art, you must take from the past, but make it your own. 

Michael Guinane is represented in Columbus by the Sharon Weiss Gallery.

Christopher Burk and Cody Heichel are represented in Columbus by the Brandt-Roberts Galleries.


Images: Left to Right
Michael Guinane, The Red House-Monhegan,  Watercolor and acrylic on panel, 16”x26”

Christopher Burk, Monhegan Arrival, Gouache on paper, 10” x 8”
Cody Heichel, Docked at Port Clyde, Watercolor on paper, 14" x 21”

Christopher Burk

Christopher Burk is a visual artist known for his documentation of mundane environments that are found in countless urban neighborhoods in both the Midwestern, and Northeastern parts of the United States.

Burk studied at the Columbus College of Art & Design, and the University of Akron with a focus on Painting. He has shown work with Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, SC, Prince Street Gallery, New York, NY, and Viridian Gallery, New York, NY. Currently, he shows with Brandt-Roberts Galleries, Columbus, OH, George Billis Gallery, New York, NY and Bonfoey Gallery, Cleveland, OH.

His work has earned him various awards, including most recently, an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. Presently, Burk works mostly in oil but is also known to work in gouache, graphite and ink.

Cody Heichel

Columbus -based watercolorist Cody Heichel uses bold colors and high contrast tonality to create atmospheric interpretations of daily, and recognizable, scenery. Heichel aims to capture the mood and movement of his subjects through quick, spontaneous brushwork. The individual strokes that make up his compositions seem arbitrary and fluid. Mysterious figures often occupy the focal point of each composition, and it is through their individual appearance and body language, as well as the language of their surroundings, that the story of each scene unfolds. Urban cityscapes, rural settings, and national and international locales provide the inspiration for Heichel’s work.

Heichel is a member of the Ohio Plein Air Society, a Signature Member of the Ohio Watercolor Society, and an Associate Member of the American Watercolor Society. He works as an Art Facilitator at Open Door Art Studio, a non- profit studio space and gallery for adult artists with disabilities. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the People’s Choice Award at ARC Ohio’s 2014 Art for Life benefit, as well as the Ohio Watercolor Society’s Merit Award.

Michael Guinane

The emotion of a single moment in time is what motivates Michael Guinane to paint. Whether it be a still and quiet moment of an individual, or capturing the total environment created by multiple figures in one place, his work allows you to see deeper into the subject. Michael creates an atmosphere for the viewer to feel. Whether it be a moment in history or the artist's personal experience, a quiet winter night in the park or a busy city street, these works capture the feeling and mood one gets from being in a certain place or time.

Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Michael Guinane moved to Columbus in 1996 to attend the Columbus College of Art and Design. He graduated with a BFA majoring in illustration in 2000. Michael continues to liveand work in Columbus showing in galleries, public venues and doing privately commissioned works that are shown throughout the country while also teaching courses in painting at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center. He is represented by the Sharon Weiss Gallery in Columbus and the Sharpe Gallery in Maine.

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