San Francisco

“Summer Exhibits”

Galerie de Tours

Marjorie Allen, who exhibited at this gallery in early June, is a native of Massachusetts and studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She conjures nebulous abstractions in gossamer colors with oblique and spec­tral figurative references. Her works abound in idyllic prettiness suffused with overtones of euphoric mystical surrealism. Later in the season Chap­man Kelley exhibited some delicately contrived views of rotting piers along the Provincetown waterfront executed in a misty neo-Oriental manner reminis­cent of Whistler’s Nocturnes. Some nude studies by Mr. Kelley amply demonstrate consummate draftsmanship in which some of the mannerisms of Watteau are paraphrased with self­-conscious affectation.

––Palmer D. French