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“Summer Garden Cape Cod,” an oil on linen painting by Lillia Frantin, will be among the works for sale at a Grand Pop-Up Sale at the Falmouth Art Center.

Well-known husband and wife artists Lillia Frantin and Herb Edwards of North Falmouth will hold what they are calling a “Grand Pop-Up Sale” next weekend, December 4, 5, and 6, as a benefit for the Falmouth Art Center.

Ms. Frantin and Mr. Edwards have been members of the Falmouth Art Center since the 1970s. This year, knowing the challenges the center faces because of the pandemic, they have offered to hold a Grand Pop-Up Sale of their work with part of the proceeds to benefit the center.

All works will have special deeply discounted prices to encourage sales for the fundraiser.

Falmouth Art Center executive director Laura Reckford said the gesture is just one of many generous offerings from artists during this difficult time. “Our local artists have really stepped up to support us during the pandemic, whether it is submitting art to a show, participating in our fundraisers or simply shopping at our Holiday Market. Herb and Lillia are such well-known and beloved artists; we are delighted to have a special sale of their work here.”

Ms. Frantin describes her work as “strongly within the Modernist tradition of art with emotional response at its core.”

Filled with physicality and presence, she has developed a very personal and unique language where color, rhythm and imagery presents the interplay she senses between the seen and the felt, realism and expressionism.

About her still-life themes, she said, she wants them to be anything but “still” and to express the “life force” in nature and the everyday world: colorful fruits and flowers, the airy movement of water, sky and clouds. “These are all so much a part of the pleasures of living here on Cape Cod,” she said.

As for Mr. Edwards, he said, “I’m an artist always challenging myself to keep my work fresh and new. Sometimes it’s the medium that inspires me and I’ve worked in many, including traditional oils that I develop slowly, sometimes in acrylics or enamels that allow a faster approach.”

Mr. Edwards said, “Sometimes I’ll work en plein air directly from nature, sometimes from my own photographs inspired by places on the Cape or Northern New Mexico, North Carolina or the south of France. They become the landscapes, seascapes and wetlands, local harbors and inlets that I call ‘Painterly Realism.’ Sometimes I stay within a theme like gardens or still-lifes, figures sailing or swimming or walking along the beach, some having fun, some quietly reflecting. And sometimes it is pure abstractions done in my studio that always surprise me.”

Mr. Edwards said his influences include Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet, Edward Munch, Fairfield Porter, and Richard Diebenkorn. “They are diverse and yet for me what connects them is their commitment to honest discovery and personal vision, which is what I strive for as well,” he said.

The Lillia Frantin and Herb Edwards Grand Pop-Up Sale will take place Friday, December 4, 9 AM to 4 PM; Saturday, December 5, 10 AM to 4 PM; and Sunday, December 6, 1 to 4 PM. The sale is in the large classroom on the second floor of the Falmouth Art Center at 137 Gifford Street in Falmouth.

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