MAIN GALLERY (March 31-April 26)
Janet Ronacher creates colorful, textural and unexpected baskets. Her work is experimental and contemporary as her materials change and can be natural, obsolete industrial items or just found objects. Currently she is working with plastic bags of various types and using the colors of the original bags by layering them and fusing them together to make a fabric. Some works are sewn into various shapes and most are woven and formed by weaving techniques. Earlier works were primarily barks, reeds, leather, fish skin, grasses and fabrics. “While I enjoyed using all the different natural materials, they lacked color for the most part. Once I began fusing the plastics just the way the bags came, my work became more expressive and joyful. Some pieces are combined with contrasting materials to be three dimensional collages. I look forward to continue developing new works and adding new materials as they become available. I find plastics to be fun and acquiring special bags from friends as my way to keep some bags out of the oceans away from wildlife for now anyway.”
Sally Squire entitles her mixed media show “Collapsing Into Color”, marrying color with texture and light. Sally explains, “As my daily life goes by, I sometimes like to imagine it only as color, no thoughts, opinions or worries. Most of my wall pieces represent this fantasy.” For the past two years she has been working in ceramics and melding that into her work. Her clay is porcelain with paper pulp mixed into it. The paper burns out during firing and leaves microscopic holes. The resulting piece is lighter than traditional clay. Sally applies alcohol inks post-firing. Due to the clay’s porosity, they are readily absorbed and produces a vibrant transparent finish. To further her work of re-purposing materials, she uses aluminum dryer vents, strapping, and screen spline. “The aluminum allows me to work with light and reflection. I play with reflected light by using a translucent paint that softens the surface, while allowing a reflected glow to come through. The pieces are so heavily textured, that you can change the look by positioning the light source. Strapping is translucent. It picks up light, and makes it dance around the art work.”
FEATURE AREA (March 31-April 24)
Patrick Noe creates terra-cotta paintings. He uses clay as his canvas and ceramic underglazes as the medium with which he paints. His work often depicts simple village scenes and vignettes taken from photographs of his travels. In making his contemporary series, he draws fluid lines onto a clay slab and, when dry, paints them with colorful stains and underglazes. These ceramic colors when fired are matt, soft, warm and natural, and very different from oil and acrylic painting. His traditional bas relief work employs woodcuts and sculpture to create dramatic detail and his meticulous painting bring his imagery to life. Noe’s choice of clay and the processes he has developed result in beautiful, warm, tactile works of art.