, Newburyport, MA


November 7, 2013

'The Evolution of an Artist'

Pop-up salon spotlights Port man's work before and after stroke


Now comfortable with being called an artist, Ron Emmerling has created around 30 paintings in the last several months. Ranging from nudes to beach scenes to portraits, they will all be on display in a pop-up art salon at the couple’s home this weekend.

The show, called “Ron Emmerling Reinvented: The Evolution of an Artist,” is a retrospective of all of his work, from his early drawings as an industrial design student at Pratt Institute in New York to his most recent painting, “Sun and Sea,” a colorful piece finished earlier this week.

The idea for the exhibit first emerged when Karla Emmerling met curator Paula Estey at a cocktail party this past spring. They got to talking about Ron and his years of work.

“I just fell in love with him,” said Estey, a mixed-media painter and the artist in residence at Amesbury’s Unity on the River.

In June, Estey had a solo show at the Newburyport Art Association, and the Emmerlings came to see it. That’s when the real planning began for “Ron Emmerling Reinvented.”

“We started chatting,” Estey said. “They were ready to explore a show for him.”

They started looking at possible venues but ultimately decided that the couple’s penthouse apartment on Prince Place was the best showcase.

“It’s a great space,” Estey said. “It’s really a very unusual and wonderful opportunity to see an artist in his environment.”

Visitors will have the opportunity to explore most of the Emmerlings’ home, along with the building’s roof deck. The main salon, featuring the majority of Ron’s paintings, takes up the wall space in the living room, while photographs, sculptures and other artwork line the hallways and even extend outside the apartment and into the stairwell. The neighbors love it, the Emmerlings said.

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