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BY DAN CRAIG ARTFULLY yours Gilroy’s Newest Art Studio Blue Line Gallery 62 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN G ilroy artist Ralph Marquez found the studio he was looking for in the Old Gilroy Hotel, and got a gallery in the bargain. He opened his new studio and the Blue Line Gallery in August of last year in the hotel at 7365 Monterey Road. Still retaining some of its former charm, the historic down- town hotel is well suited for an art gallery. Natural light floods through the transparent sidewalk entry, revealing a deep rectangular room with ample wall space for exhibits. His new studio is visible behind partial walls that separate the two areas, adding a certain authenticity to the environment. His current exhibit features his own watercolors along with works by abstract artist David Beckett and sculptor Jaap Bongers. “I plan to rotate exhibits every two months to feature established, as well as up and coming, local artists,” said Marquez. Marquez favors landscapes and prefers painting plein aire (open air) in his chosen medium of watercolors and acrylics. Like many artists, he began as a realist painter, but says his style has grown more abstract over the years. He applies his paints freely, creating motion and depth, with trees and shadows seemingly dancing and swirling above the ground scape. MAY/JUNE 2016