Josie Merck at Spring Street Gallery

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 10:30am

Josie Merck will be showing her paintings as a guest at the Spring Street Gallery between Tuesday, Aug. 14 and Monday, Aug. 20. The show, “Trees: Then and Now,” spans years of painting trees in their various settings on Block Island. Some are portraits of familiar species, some disappearing — apple, shad, and elm.

The work is in a variety of materials — watercolors, oils, and mixed media.

Merck has shown her work on the island over the years, primarily at Mary Newhouse’s Encore Gallery, once in “The Tiffany Building” (now Lazy Fish), and later in the New Post Office Building. Encore embraced a vibrant cadre of artists, some of whom now have new venues on island: Ben Wohlberg, Sean Hartnett, and Bill Padien. 

Those no longer with us, whose work lives on, include Cynthia Bloom, Bakeland Roll, Mary Newhouse, and Tom McAleer. 

Merck’s most recent show on Block Island was at Ned Phillips’ Aurora Gallery, “Natives, Invasives and Exotics,” which explored the wild flora and fauna of our natural island community. More of her work can be seen by visiting 

The opening reception will be on Tuesday, Aug. 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. and the show will remain up for the week until Monday, Aug. 20. The Gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.