MAIN GALLERY (June 30-July 26)
Betsy LeVine paints in oils on birch panels. Her concept for this show, “Beauty Is Before Me”, concerning flora and mirrors. She carried a small circular pocket mirror and photographed flowers. As she puts it flowers discovering their own vibrant reflections. Betsy LeVine uses her attentive brushwork and keen eye for nuances in light and color to celebrate the natural beauty in the world around her. “When I wander through neighborhoods and on trails in the mountains, forests, and deserts, I find my gait slows and my eyes are ever dawn towards the intricacies in the plant life around me. It is as if the flowers, leaves and the play of sunlight through them are all calling to me, telling me to slow down, to just look and soak in the bountiful beauty in every moment. It feels like a joyous lifetime responsibility of mine to take on the role of a mirror for the quiet gorgeousness that surrounds us all the time, to not only reflect appreciation back to the planet for these gifts but also to recreate this beauty on a larger scale in hopes that it will allow others into this worthy world. “Beauty Is Before Me” therefore, it is also before you.”
Dennis Floyd is a screen printmaker who’s subject matter is also flowers. Screen prints are also known as silk screens or serigraphs. His colors are vibrant and intense. He works from his original drawings, paintings and compositions. Dennis does a color separation to make a unique color media matrix on his screens for each color. Then each color pass is printed by hand on his studio press. To achieve a full color print many colors are screened separately, making the process complex, with rich results. Creating art for Dennis is the metamorphosis from darkness and despair to light and happiness. To quote Dennis When I’m lost in my world creating art, I’m breathing in deep one of the most precious gifts that life has to offer and I am happy, powerful, invincible! The darkness in me is the farthest that it can be.
FEATURE AREA (June 30- July 24)
Jeanne Drevas creates sculptures out of surprising materials, she gleans materials that are all around her. For this show she has chosen to use skateboards. She loves the distressed graphics, the strength and beauty of skateboards, the life that these decks once provided to skateboarders and now she is seeing just what they offer to her. Skateboards were something I’d mostly seen at a distance, as they zoomed along under boys (mostly). But I’d seen enough close up to be fascinated by the distressed graphics on the undersides of the decks, the sides that get marred by all the attempts at curbs, stairs, railings and who knows what. I know, why not just paint a piece of flat plywood and cut it up. Maybe I will do that, but that does not have the feel of the immediacy of distressed decks and where they came from, the streets of any town or city. I’m honoring all those kids who didn’t know they were creating material for my new exploration. Jeanne was very drawn to the vessel form and that was the first, and most difficult objects she said made. She will also be showing wall assemblages, articulated figures, Miro-like standing sculptures, jewelry, even a wheeled pull toy.