Monthly Archives: December 2015

Michael Edward McGovern & Mike Wellins

Main Gallery (January 2-January 26)

MIchael Edward McGovern "Untitled" print

MIchael Edward McGovern “Untitled” print

Michael Edward McGovern‘s work calls upon the repetitive nature of printmaking and photography to create a network of reoccurring images that he can meditate on to help search for a truth. He uses a lexicon of images that relate to specific events in his history. Repeated images of bridges, birds, trains, war, masks, urban landscapes, and old family portraits find their way into his work lending themselves to an unfolding narrative. All these images carry a personal biography, but also carry the weight of their own metaphors helping to furnish an ever-growing personal narrative. “The environments and people that have surrounded my life inform the art I create. My work is about constructing autobiographical images that explore the ghosts and spirits of my past. I am interested in how both personal and cultural histories have profoundly affected my visual language. I compose memorials to the intangible memories of my past. By visually recording impressions of specific times, places, and events in my life, I am preserving memories that seem to fade with each passing year.”

Mike Wellins "Marooned" painted wood

Mike Wellins “Marooned” painted wood

Mike Wellins current show consists of pieces that are painted with acrylic and Gouache on laser cut wood panels. As a film and animation director, he works with imagery that has an underlying sense of story, and humor. “I try and create pieces and work that reward the observant viewers for noticing small details and symbolism, that might be missed at a casual glance. I also work on the idea of creating story elements that involve the viewer to decide on what the story is and what it means. My life long love of film and visual story telling also comes through in creating dimensional scenes and sets for these mysterious stories to live and to invite the viewer in. Mechanically, I also like the idea of going beyond the traditional framed art and try to create unique ways of framing artwork.”

 

 

Paul Trapp

Feature Area (January 2-January 24)

Paul Trapp "Beyond" shaped painting

Paul Trapp “Beyond” shaped painting

Paul Trapp has based this series of works on the experience of seeing something recognizable and yet impossible at the same time. “On a calm fall day I saw a tree covered in red leaves. The interior of the tree appeared to be moving while the leaves remained still. Knowing trees cannot do that, I got closer and saw a flock of birds inside the tree moving but making no sound. That abnormal experience heightened my awareness of the tree and my surroundings.” His irregularly shaped paintings are of ordinary objects and places; however, his concern is for the extraordinary and different ways in which we experience objects in the world. By contrasting familiar objects with spacial anomalies his work raises questions concerning perception, memory, and imagination. These spacial anomalies are intended to activate a viewer’s perception, to create moments where the mind has to sort out what the eyes are seeing. “I believe when we see something inconsistent with reality we cease to be passive observers and begin to be active interpreters of our surroundings. Inconsistent moments help us remember that although objects and places may appear to be ordinary, they are not. Our experience of them can be unique, magical, and captivating.”

15th Annual Little Things Show

Fifteen years of Little Things!
The premise for this show is simple: We asked artists to submit work that would fit into an imaginary cube that is 7″ X 7″. (And that includes the frame or stand) No other limitations. Every year is a surprise, with new artists added each year.  This show is the largest ever, with 53 artists.

Participating artists this year are: Dyann Alkire, Diane Archer, Virginia Ashby, Emilio Berwick, Alea Bone, Stephanie Brockway, Scot Cameron-Bell, Beth Collins, Dayna Collins, Kurumi Conley, Adriene Cruz, Patricia Montoya Donohue, Jeanne Drevas, Meaghan Dunne, Susan Freedman, Michelle Gallagher, Pat Courtney-Gold, Brita Gould, Carolyn Hazel-Drake, George Heath, Iver & Jen Hennig, Robert Huff, Anya Jackson, Lori Judge, Janet Julian, Alicia Justus, Gesine Kratzner, Celeste LeBlanc, Mavis Leahy, Mari Livie, Donna Mattson, Elizabeth Marquis, Jill McVarish,  Lulu Moon Murakami, Kim Murton, Kelly Neidig, April O’Connor, Dawn Panttaja, Paul X Rutz, Kate Saunders, Suzette Shrider, Amy Stoner, Mike Southern, Gloria Sowell, Sally Squire, Deborah Unger, Janet VanCleve, Christopher B Wagner, Tracey Waldron, Anna Wiancko-Chasman, John Wirth and Cathie Joy Young.

Paul Rutz, oil paintings

Paul Rutz,, oil paintings

Sally Squire, ceramic sculpture

Sally Squire, ceramic

Mavis Leahy, Stitchery

Mavis Leahy, Stitchery

Kate Saunders, glass

Kate Saunders, glass

Suzette Shrider, ceramic

Suzette Shrider, ceramic

Dayna Collins, paintings

Dayna Collins, paintings

Jeanne Drevas, mixed media

Jeanne Drevas, mixed media

Cathie Joy Young, paintings

Cathie Joy Young, paintings

Diane Archer, paper/mixed media

Diane Archer, paper/mixed media

Robert Huff, photo on wood

Robert Huff, photo on wood

Jill McVarish, oil paintings

Jill McVarish, oil paintings

Mari Livie, stitchery

Mari Livie, stitchery

Carolyn Hazel Drake, ceramics/mixed media

Carolyn Hazel Drake, ceramics/mixed media

Stephanie Brockway, carved & painted wood

Stephanie Brockway, carved & painted wood

Tracey Waldron, mixed media/wood

Tracey Waldron, mixed media/wood

Dawn Panttaja, ceramic

Dawn Panttaja, ceramic

Amy Stoner, mixed media/encaustic

Amy Stoner, mixed media/encaustic

Emilio Berwick, raku

Emilio Berwick, raku

Michelle Gallagher, ceramic

Michelle Gallagher, ceramic

Kelly Neidig, flashe paintigs

Kelly Neidig, flashe paintigs

Mike Southern, paintings

Mike Southern, paintings

Virginia Ashby, mixed media/paint

Virginia Ashby, mixed media/paint

Dyann Alkire, oil paintings

Dyann Alkire, oil paintings

John Wirth, painted wood turnings

John Wirth, painted wood turnings

Elizabeth Marquis, ceramics

Elizabeth Marquis, ceramics

Donna Mattson, encaustic/mixed media

Donna Mattson, encaustic/mixed media

Deborah Unger, carved wood

Deborah Unger, carved wood

Anya Jackson, ceramics

Anya Jackson, ceramics

Gloria Sowell, encaustic/mixed media

Gloria Sowell, encaustic/mixed media

Jennifer Hennig, ceramics

Jennifer Hennig, ceramics

Scot Cameron Bell, ceramics

Scot Cameron Bell, ceramics

Beth Collins, paintings

Beth Collins, paintings

Anna Wiancko-Chasman, ceramic/mixed media

Anna Wiancko-Chasman, ceramic/mixed media

Janet VanCleve, mixed media

Janet VanCleve, mixed media

Lulu Moon Murakami, fiber

Lulu Moon Murakami, fiber

Kurumi Conley, glass

Kurumi Conley, glass

Lori Judge, glass/mixed media

Lori Judge, glass/mixed media

Meg Dunne, plaster

Meg Dunne, plaster

Brita Gould, mixed media

Brita Gould, mixed media

Celeste Le Blanc, mixed media/beads

Celeste Le Blanc, mixed media/beads

George Heath, polymer clay

George Heath, polymer clay

Janet Julian, wood/mixed media

Janet Julian, wood/mixed media

Gesine Kratzer, polymer clay/mixed media

Gesine Kratzer, polymer clay/mixed media

Alea Bone, mixed media

Alea Bone, mixed media

Alicia Justus, drawing on gauche

Alicia Justus, drawing on gauche

Patricia Montoya Donohue, ceramics

Patricia Montoya Donohue, ceramics

Susan Freedman, encaustic

Susan Freedman, encaustic

Pat Courtney Gold, mixed media

Pat Courtney Gold, mixed media

April O'Connor, mixed media

April O’Connor, mixed media

Christopher B Wagner, carved & painted wood

Christopher B Wagner, carved & painted wood