Anne Goodrich & Arielle Adkin

Showing in the Main Gallery February 26-March 24
Artists Talk March 14 @2 pm

Anne Goodrich from the series "Leav" ceramic

Anne Goodrich from the series “Leav” ceramic

Anne Goodrich’s title for her ceramic show is ”Leav”.  To quote Anne, “Many times I’ve found that peace in my life comes from letting go.   The act of letting go enables me to reserve energy for new kinds of enjoyment, fulfillment or growth says Anne.  This is concept is true for the tree as well, letting go of leaves enables the tree to store energy, survive the winter and apply that energy toward new growth when spring comes. The color blue dominates this body of work as blue is, for me, the color of leaving.  A leaf brings nourishment to a tree, but when it ceases to be useful the tree simply lets it go.  I think a lot about how simple the tree makes it look, this process of letting go.”   She cuts slabs of clay into leaf shapes and then manipulated them into sculptural abstractions. By twisting and stretching the clay in the patterns of leaf veins the forms became the weathered, dried out, spent leaves of fall rather than spring.”   Organic forms inspire her work, but leaves specifically inspire this body of work.

Arielle Adkin "Cut" mixed media on paper

Arielle Adkin “Cut” mixed media on paper

Arielle Adkin has created a series of paintings/drawings she has entitled “Peony Violence.”  It is a body of work about the convergence between nature’s graceful softness and nature’s violent destruction.  These peonies are about the romance of a bouquet given while the heart bleeds.  A firework exploding as petals fall.  Arielle explains, “Traditionally, I am an oil painter. However, I produced this series in colored pencils and gouache, both light materials, in order to emphasize the delicate quality of these flowers.  My work explores Nature’s ability to evolve in a modern man-made world, with an emphasis on creating a beautiful and palatable aesthetic.

Lisa Bledsoe & Shelly Caldwell

Showing in the Feature Area Febraury 26-March 22

Lisa Bledsoe "Untitled" Mixed media: painting, & collage

Lisa Bledsoe “Untitled” Mixed media: painting, & collage

Lisa Bledsoe is a mixed media artist who marries painting, collage and  assemblage together to create complex paintings.  Lisa uses simple materials and a process of construction and deconstruction to create her pieces.  The surfaces of her paintings are built up with layers of plaster and acrylic paint that are sanded, scratched and marked, adding depth and making the surface look as if it has been worn by time.  Occasional bits of collage imbedded beneath the surface add more depth and a palimpsest effect.  Lisa then adds more collage and assemblage elements of vintage architectural salvage and hardware pieces to complete her paintings.  A cold wax finish is rubbed on as a final step to deepen colors and bring the pieces to life.  Lisa creates each painting by intuitively experimenting with combinations of color and placement of collage and assemblage elements until it feels right.

Shelly Caldwell "Untitled' mixed media sculpture

Shelly Caldwell “Untitled’ mixed media sculpture

Shelly Caldwell creates mixed media sculpture for this show.  She has given it the title of “Redemption, Passage & Escape”.  As she describes her process, “ I am attempting to coerce very disparate objects into playing nicely together. Assemblage, painting, modeling and brute force are involved.”  In this show she explores creating sets of objects that speak to each other but are separate – they belong and yet they to do not. Some light the way (with actual light), some have gone where there is no light. Each piece ends up telling its own story – stories of redemption, passage or escape.