Carolyn Garcia & Thomas Soule

Main Gallery 
June 25-July 28
Artists Talk,  July 18th, @ 2pm

Carolyn Garcia "The Mystery of Ciphering" graphite & acrylic on paper mounted birch

Carolyn Garcia “The Mystery of Ciphering” graphite & acrylic on paper mounted birch

 

Carolyn Garcia’s drawings for this show are small in size and created with graphite and acrylic medium. Carolyn explains “One of my favorite things to do is to get very close to the ground and look at tiny plant life and insects. Weeds become vast forests and lush patterns emerge from plants that you would barely notice if you were standing up. There is so much drama in this infinitesimal world, and it mirrors our larger world and even larger things in our solar system. The work I did for this show is inspired by my observations of nature and my love of animals. As I worked on the pieces a story began to emerge, and I realized that all of the pieces were taking place in the same forest. The show is a story, with a cast of mysterious characters.” On most of the work she used both reading glasses and a magnifying glass to get the detail she wanted.

 

 

Thomas Soule, various woods

Thomas Soule, various woods

 

Tom Soule creates wood sculpture using different woods. “I have been making art for quite along time. I think of myself as heir to the (mostly American, hence painterly) modernist tradition. Unfortunately, one of the traits of that tradition is/was to be largely puritanically programmatic, full of “shalt-nots';that is, variously, no opticality, formalist only, cerebral only, noplanning, no reference, no beauty, not fussy, no complexity (simplify, simplify), no illusions or allusions, grids only, no grids, big and bigger rather than small, etc. etc. Those programs spilled over into related prescriptive demands on the viewer as well.” He is now making work irrespective of those programmatic dicta, complex sculptural objects open to viewer response of any and all kinds. These objects are fashioned of wood (mostly), are of a size to be carried by one person and are  “meant to occupy the human living space “.

Sarah Ferguson

Feature Area
June 25-July 26
Artists Talk,  July 18th, @ 2pm

Sarah Ferguson "Bear & Berries" monotype on clay

Sarah Ferguson “Bear & Berries” monotype on clay

Sarah Ferguson uses a variety of mediums: drawing, painting, clay, mosaic, assemblage to explore her artistic vision. Sarah is intrigued with nature, myth and story. Using line, color, form to bring an idea to life. “As an artist I experience, observe and absorb the world around me, then respond through my art.” Inspiration comes from the ordinary and the unexpected. “I am drawn to bodies of water and their watersheds, and intrigued by the architecture of the elements of their systems. The root pattern of an overturned tree, a piece of bark with insect tunnels, seed pods, an old nest, beaver chewed sticks, these objects take on a totemic presence. People and animals appear as characters and suggest story or pose a question. These observations, experiences, and imaginings are seeds of ideas for my art.”