ARTISTS TALK (Saturday, Sept 16 @2 pm)
MAIN GALLERY (August 31 September 26)
Beverly Soaseys art falls in the category of mixed media/assemblage, which for her means, anything goes. There are no boundaries, no formal rules on execution of materials. In a blending of objects and media, assemblage invites exploration and experimentation. It is completely suited to her collective nature, where I can do whatever it takes to express an idea, evoke a mood or convey a concept. My work is a study of textures, patterns and colorthe combination of elements that intrigue and surprise the viewer. This process begins with the search and ends in a story. I love going to that unknown place and surprising myself with the result.Theres always that moment when I know a piece is finished, but until that moment, I have no clue when it will happen. My studio is overgrown with stuff: hundreds of objects, photos, books, bird wings, scraps of metal and ideas saved in various forms.There are boxes full of secrets and boxes waiting to be filled. Assemblage requires having inspiration and ideas around all of the time, always invading my thoughts.These thoughts and ideas come together in a single statement. Like my obsession for collecting, traveling and exploring, my art becomes a part of that process.
Beth Robinson is an artist, art conservator and conflict resolution specialist. She records the intellectual and emotional responses to the process of bereavement by utilizing letterpress printing techniques, conservation methods, collage, digital imaging and collecting ephemera and paper. This recording of mourning started when she was eight, after her grandfather died unexpectedly. The adults around her were openly heartbroken at his unexpected death. Even in their shock and awkwardness, they had the forethought to provide her with magazines, glue, and adult size scissors to make collages. She learned to be fully present in those sobering moments of youthful innocence about death and refused to lose a sense of wonder. This art practice cultivated an outlet for the unique conflicts change and loss prompt. Over a five-year period starting in 2005, three of her grandparents, her father, youngest brother, and mother died. These consecutive deaths gave a deeper awareness of societies awkward handling and lack of support for grievers with unspeakable emotions. She is an advocate for grieving well through her art and meditation practice by companioning other grievers through the reality of loss.
FEATURE AREA (August 31 September 24)
Scot Cameron-Bell, caramic artist, entitled her show: Vases With The Same DNA. To quote Scot, “Yes, I dream about pots. I still have that anticipation upon entering my studio ready to work. Its all about changing. I continue to explore altering shapes for my vases. My fat pots became wider. I made tiny vases with very tall handles. Now, I make tall vases with fat handles. I put a lot of consideration into the heavily decorated surfaces of smiling birds in conversation and imaginary flowers to invite the eye to focus on the shape of those vases.” The dynamics in the differences between small and large works lured her to start creating a relationship between her vases. She incorporates a variety of similar surface decorations and colors on large and small vases with the goal of having a family of vases with the same DNA. “Those silly cone shaped handles and feet make an unusual family relationship for every vase.” Scots vases are wheel-thrown, altered, and stretched.
Susan Thomas paints aprons as whimsical creatures flying through the clouds, holding apron strings in friendship, or using their pockets for birds. An antique apron from her Mom with its history of good food started this journey. Her apron paintings show the creative stitching women added to their homely aprons–she used antique aprons from a collector as her models. The brightly colored aprons in oils on canvas or Oregon birch wood carry memories and a bit of Disney