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MAIN GALLERY (June 30-July 24)

Betsy LeVine "Before Me" oil

Betsy LeVine “Before Me” oil

Betsy LeVine paints in oils on birch panels. Her concept for this show, “Beauty Is Before Me”, concerns 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 everrdrawn 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 ansoak 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 "Rose Of Conversano" screen print

Dennis Floyd “Rose Of Conversano” screen print

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 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 "Bad Sex" skate board/mixed media

Jeanne Drevas “Bad Sex”
skate board/mixed media

Jeanne Drevas creates sculptures out of surprising materials. She gleans materials that are all around her. For this show she has chosen to use skate boards. She loves the distressed graphics, the strength and beauty of skateboards, the life that these decks once provided to skate boarders and now she is seeing just what they offer to her. “Skate boards 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.

 

Madoka Ito & Jennifer Forti

Madoka Ito, oil paintings
Jennifer Forti, ceramic sculpture

January 26- February 21
 

     Madoka Ito’s oil paintings are simple and yet controlled.  At first glance Ito’s paintings seem to jump out at you with an intensity of color, and it is the color that attracts the viewer.  But coming closer to these little gems, one becomes fascinated with her painted figures. The dreamlike figures float or take root and call ones attention back to detail.  The figures are minimalist in expression, and the figures carry an energy, as if they inhabit another world.  There is a playful quality, a light heartedness to the position of these figures and yet something sobering is always present.

 Madoka Ito
“Small Miracles Visit”   oil on wood

 
   
   

      Jennifer Forti will be showing her latest ceramic sculptures.  Whimsy and an off kilter sense of humor inhabit her pieces.  Forti explains that her work is inspired by “circus-charged” images, as if her sculptures live under a circus tent.  Disembodied heads, parts of figures, anatomical hearts, egg-like thrones and lots of stripes seem to be her themes.  Bright colors and white crackle glazes give texture and depth to these hand built constructions.  One sculpture, a three legged figure with metal casters as feet, supports a half egg shape with a nestled disembodied head which leaves the viewer to wonder at it’s expression.

  

 

Jennifer Forti
 “Untitled”  clay 

Elaine Close & Julie Martin

Elaine Close, oil paintings
Julie Martin, cold cast bronze 


December 29-January 24

    
       Julie Martin will be presenting a series of wall reliefs.  The medium she uses is Cold Cast Bronze with a patina.  Martin’s subject matter is primarily centered on human expression.  To quote Martin “ I am engrossed with the possibilities of taking moments that are usually personal but are experience universally and translating these moments into three dimensional forms.”  This series also explores human intimacy, with as few details as possible so that the finished work becomes sort of a visual puzzle as to what the person is doing: an arm on a shoulder, a hand on a waist, two hands intertwined in front of a torso.  The obvious purpose of these sculptures is to be beautiful and yet also involve the intellect of the viewer in a way that is satisfying. 

 Julie Martin  
    “Devotion”  cold cast bronze

 
   
   

      Elaine Close will be showing oil paintings on wood and small works on paper.   The paintings are inspired by shapes and by the emotional power of colors.  Her surfaces ask to be touched, color and texture in a delicate changeable symbiosis. The results are subtle, somber, profound and understated.  She begins with building texture with Spackle on wood, and then follows with a layer of acrylic paint and then thin layers of oil paint.  This slow process results in paintings which, because of their subtlety and because they change significantly in different light, say different things at different times.  Her works on paper have similar themes but more of a focus on line.  They are made from a variety of mixed media including graphite, oil pencil, watercolor, acrylic and oil.
  

 

Elaine Close
“Tavolo 5” mixed media on paper

Little Things 5

LITTLE THINGS  5   (Artwork, 7” & under)
November 25-December 27

    For the fifth year in a row, the Guardino Gallery will present their Holiday show “Little Things”; a show where everything is little.  Twenty-four artists were given the challenge to create artwork that would fit within a 7” X 7” square/cube.  

    The artwork that will be shown is as varied as the artists.  While most of the artists in the show are accustomed to working on a far larger scale, they responded with enthusiasm.   For example Jamee Linton’s acrylic paintings, Martha Pfanschmidt’s encaustics and Kim Hamblin’s mixed media constructions have been scaled down.  Kristine Cheeseman and Jessica Kreutter have created small wheeled toys, one with glass, the other with clay.  Emilio Berwick’s ceramic vase shapes are bursting at the seams with escaping organic matter.  Mark Teresa and Bill Dean work with found materials and Darlene Schaper creates mixed media dolls with a twist.  Blown glass, collage, felt, clay, watercolors and photographic emulsions are some of the tools that these artists use in responding to the “Little Things” challenge.

    The twenty-four artists are Ron Antoniono, Emilio Berwick, Kristine Cheeseman, Bill Dean, Christina Fenner, Jennifer Forti, Mar Goman, Kim Hamblin, Patricia Heimerl, Andrew Holmberg, Robert Huff, Elissa Knoper, Jessica Kreutter, Kim Murton, Lam Quang/Kestrel Gates, Jamee Linton, Lorna Nakell, Martha Pfanschmidt, Rorey Phillips, Darlene Schaper, Crystal Schenk, Mark Teresa and Norm Thomas
          
 
 

Shannon Weber & Mark Perry

Shannon Weber, Contemporary Basketry
Mark Perry, Intaglio & Collagraphs

October 27-Novemebr 20

      Shannon Weber approaches primitive forms of weaving and tweaks them into “new” aboriginal forms for the current millennium.  Her current work uses a heavy mixture of found and gathered objects such as Beaver chewed sticks, domestic cast offs, reclaimed metal, sea kelp, rattan, canvas, wax linen, sea grass and sea grass roots encaustic, acrylics, and over dyes.  To quote Weber “If it bends I use it!”  Her work tells a story from her soul; inspired by the unknown past and created using her own discoveries of technique and style.  The elements of Fire, Water, Earth and Air spin the chaos of seemingly arbitrary and random materials into shapes of such color and texture you want to jump into each piece and live there.

Shannon Weber
“Polka”  Random woven

 
   
   
Mark Perry will be presenting his latest intaglio and collagraph prints.   His latest prints concentrate on bold, black and white images.  Perry explains that he is interested in exploring the mark on the plate and the various approaches to achieving that mark, from a straight line etching to a mechanical means such as a dremell tool.  Most of his prints for this show will be on the smaller size, presented in grid-like fashion.  Though most of his “mark makings” are nonrepresentational, some will have recognizable images to them.

 

Mark Perry
“Buzz”  Etching
8″ X 8″

Marcia Hindman & Darlene Schaper

Marcia Hindman, oil painting
Darlene Schaper, ceramic sculpture
August 25- September 27

      Marcia Hindman will be offering her latest abstract paintings. Hindman has always centered on about ten different shapes that she continues to use in each painting, sometimes alone and sometimes as part of a repetitive pattern field. Images such as landscapes & architectural elements are only hinted at. Hindman uses the repetitive shapes to explore new colors and combinations of colors to create movement, rhythm, range, tension, and balance.  Her process of abstraction involves erasing lines, adding lines, covering up part of the shapes, and interlocking the shapes and lines. The result is an interesting composition with depth and uncovered surprises.  For this show she has both large and smaller canvases.

Marcia Hindman  “Pacific”
 oil on canvas  30″ X 30″

 
   
   
      Darlene Schaper’s sculptures are created from a mix of found medias and low-fire ceramics.  Her surfaces are a contrast of a skin-like encaustic wax, set against the coarse, aged textures of nostalgic patterns. These are then brought to life with the bright colors of contemporary intensity. Integrated with the clay are other materials such as metal, found objects, and fabric.  Schaper’s work is intended to attract the viewer with its playfulness and humor, and recoil, as its dark commentary becomes evident. Incorporating pop culture causes the objects to be familiar but she is using them for their associative qualities. She creates imagery of the physiological, an undiscovered world of her dreams, that celebrates her attraction to an alternative world of fantastical creatures that do as they please.  This is a surrogate place where loss and pain are triumphed in the most unusual way.

 

Darlene Schaper  “Insomnia”
ceramic & encaustic  4′ H

Gregg Frederickson & Crystal Schenk

Gregg Frederickson, oil & charcoal paintings
Crystal Schenk, bronze & concrete sculptures
July 28-August 23

      Gregg Frederickson paintings begin with drawing on the canvas, followed by transparent washes of oil.  He starts first with a drawing in charcoal.  From there, the process changes back and forth from light oil washes to charcoal until he reaches his goal.  Human form, with light reflected or absorbed, lines fluid or static and the dynamic story unfolding in every movement, represents his challenge as an artist.  To quote Frederickson, “I work to discover what’s really there, what I’m actually seeing rather than what my mind thinks is there or what my memory recalls.  Each figure is unique and every composition tells a different perspective of a larger story.”

Gregg Frederickson “Flying Bird”
oil & charcoal on canvas 48″ X 48″
 
   
   
    Crystal Schenk works with a variety of materials, from crocheted silver wire to cast bronze, concrete to paper to create her sculptures.  Schenk lets the materials create the tone of the work, from lighthearted and eccentric to heavy and introspective.  Schenk has found a growing theme in her work, concentrating on the framework of people’s lives.  Many of the sculptures are figurative, with reoccurring images of ribs, vertebra, hearts and veins, each representing the hidden structures that support us and give us strength.  One example of this is a cast concrete sculpture, which resembles a spine curved into an arc with an attached steel turnbuckle as if to hold it taught and in place.

  Crystal Schenk  “Regret”
cast cement & steel turnbuckle
21″h X 8″w X 15″d

Lorna Nakell & Clark Tuthill

Lorna Nakell, mixed media paintings
Clark Tuthill, fabricated metal sculpture
June 30-July 26

Lorna Nakell puts forth a collection of new works she calls Haikus for the day.  Inspired by seasons, places, times and architecture, her new paintings resemble modern landscapes.  Biomorphic clayworks suggest pods and flowers.  Nature and the urban setting are married with the use of simple shapes and minimalist color.  Finding importance in being more of an environmentally conscious artist, Nakell incorporates recycled materials into her collage paintings.  Pieces of vintage wallpaper, plastic doilies, architectural plans and other scraps of paper are all fair game in her process.     

Lorna Nakell  “Midnight Waltz”  mixed media  4′ X 5′
 
   
   

Clark Tuthill will be showing fabricated metal sculptures.  His constructions are created from steel; some new, some forged, some found objects and all welded into abstracted shapes.  The surface is a play of dark and light, with contrast between brushed steel and shiny newly exposed metal.  When asked what he liked about working with steel, Tuthill replied “ I like the heaviness of the material and the method of working with steel.  It’s an additive process, as opposed to stone carving which is a subtractive process.  I like the effect of building up and working out the shapes as I go along.”  Tuthill will have a variety of sizes, the most being 18” to 24”tall, though one of his sculptures is a long column entitled “Curve” reaching nine feet.

  Clark Tuthill  “Untitled”  steel  17″ X 4″ X 2″

Rick Gregg & Michael Southern

Rick Gregg, fabricated metal scupture
Michael Southern, landscape oil paintings
May 26-June 28

       Rick Gregg’s metal sculptures portray animals and abstracted forms in delicate antithesis to the materials he uses.  With a background in blacksmithing and fabrication, Gregg uses primarily oxy-acetylene welding torches for his sculpting, taking the tool beyond it’s normal boundaries of heating, bending and welding to pushing the metal with the flame the way sculptors would move clay with their thumbs. Using bar, rod, plate and sheet metal along with a combination of welding, blacksmithing and repousse techniques, Gregg has few boundaries in creating his sculptures.
“Antelope” metal
 
   
   
       Michael Southern will be showing a selection of his most recent landscapes.  Painting with oil on wood panels, he uses the technique of under-painting to create lushness. He’s also drawn to bold natural colors such as reds & sienna’s.  Southern has a strong connection to the outdoors and landscapes, in particular.  Though he often paints from nature, many of his paintings are amalgams of landscapes he has experienced.  Southern explains, “I strive for an ideal place, the ideal atmosphere, the ideal color, the ideal composition.”  Southern will also be showing a variety of his etchings.
  “Color Fields”  oil

Kim Hamblin & Jamee Linton

Kim Hamblin, Mixed media wall art  & Jamee Linton, Mixed media dress forms
Reception:  Thursday, April 28, 6-9 pm
Show runs:  April 28-May 24

“Dainty Daisy” paper, paint, nails on wood
        Kim Hamblin’s wall art is a unique mixture of materials.  Paper, paint, metal and lot’s of nails.  In fact one piece alone has over 1000 small nails hammered into it.  The nails not only hold down painted paper cutouts, but also form designs within the piece.  In “Dainty Daisy” a woman is pictured smelling a bouquet of daisies.  A large nail outline of a daisy is superimposed over her face. Hamblin calls this technique embroidering with nails.  The show’s theme concerns an ironic and sarcastic view of women as seen through the eyes of the media and society. She views the dichotomy of woman as both soft and hard, as evidenced in her choice of materials.  “I am fascinated with the material aspects of womanhood; the way in which our bodies effect our sense of self and how our bodies are both connected to, and yet distinct from, our minds.”

   
        Jamee Linton will be presenting mixed media dress sculptures.  Using a variety of materials, from clay and resin for the bodice to wire and sticks for the skirts, her artwork mimics the image of a dress form. Linton is attracted the concept of a dress shape because it allows her to explore and reveal characteristics of who we are. To quote Linton “The dress form personifies the abstract idea of change and becomes a metaphor for identity.” In one of her pieces, entitled “Mother”, a bodice made of glazed clay is set upon a skirt of twigs, suggesting the fertility and nurturing instinct a mother.  In another, the skirt is made of netting, which floats over a wire birdcage, with a key suspended inside.  The torso is plaster with a rust patina created to suggest time progression.  While several of the forms will be life size, the majority of sculptures range from one to two
feet tall.

“Mother” mixed media