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Go big at Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art gallery

Leslie Lerner, The Little Family, 1999, acrylic on canvas, 70 by 60 inches.

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Leslie Lerner, The Little Family, 1999, acrylic on canvas, 70 by 60 inches.

Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art is a gallery that represents some of the finest artists working in our region. And in two instances — the late Leslie Lerner and Syd Solomon — those who left artistic legacies we continue to admire.

"A Few Great, Big Pictures" features them and Luisa Basnuevo, Dolores Coe, Craig Rubadoux and Mike Solomon, Syd Solomon's son. It isn't a "big" show in terms of quantity but rather, describes the scale of all the works. A painting by Rubadoux stretches 7 feet, for example.

"People should put big pictures on their walls," Gallup says. "They make a strong, bold statement. Most people can't bring themselves to do it." From my own experience with big art in a tiny house, I agree.

Shown is Lerner's The Little Family. Painted in 1999, it has the hallmarks that make it instantly recognizable as his: some familiarity in a mysterious landscape, a dream-like visual narrative, a varnished surface that gives the acrylic paint on canvas the look of Renaissance oil on wood and meticulous technique. It measures 70 inches by 60 inches if you want to consider it for one of your walls. The gallery at 1288 N Palm Ave., Sarasota, is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Free.

Like all commercial gallery owners, Gallup wants to sell art. And like all good owners, he welcomes lookers and assumes that few people make a major purchase during the first visit, so don't feel as if you'll be intimidated. Think of it as a learning experience. And fun! There is much to do in Sarasota before or after. Like many galleries, this one has more art by these and other artists in the back and most owners are happy to pull some out if you want comparisons. miraart@aol.com or (941) 366-2454.

Lennie Bennett can be reached at lbennett@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8293.

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