April 2021 – Mar Goman, Marcia Jeglum & Susan Opie

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March 25 – April 27

Mar Goman (Mixed Media and Painted Tools)

Mar Goman will have three series of work in this show.  The TOOLS are rusty vintage garden tools (spades, pitchforks, rakes, hoes etc) with their wooden handles painted in colorful stripes and patterns.  Suitable for hanging on the wall or decorating the garden.  
The second group is a series of painting/collages done on dis-assembled cardboard packaging so that each piece has a unique shape, though they are mounted on matte board and placed in rectangular frames.  These pieces vary in size but average about 16 x 20”.  
The third group is a series of small mixed media paintings done on vintage book pages then mounted and framed in 8 x 10” and 9 x 12” frames.  In the last two series you will recognize much of Mar’s familiar iconography and text.

Marcia Jeglum (Cut Paper/Tyvek)

For the past 12 months an x-acto knife and black Tyvek have been my constant companions. I love the feel of a sharp razor slicing through paper, surprising me with bold shapes and delicate negative spaces. Even though each design is carefully planned, the end result is always unexpected. I find the process of creating papercuts oddly addictive and satisfying. It has sustained me through this pandemic odyssey we all have experienced.

March 25 – April 26

Susan Opie (Felt)

Susan Opie’s felted images takes a look at art history, but this time is focused on animals in art.  A common subject matter, an animal may hold center stage, as in Stubb’s Grey Horse or often a cat, dog or even a guinea pig is a detail of a larger picture.  Frida Kahlo has a monkey hanging on her neck.  Max Beckmann’s animal is a cat mask at a wild masquerade party.  Edward Hicks offers a whole zoo in his peaceable kingdoms.

I admire illustrations from the “golden age” of children’s literature and have made felts of anthropomorphic animals Babar, Uncle Wiggly and Peter Rabbit, some of my childhood favorites.  Also included in this show are my original felts with no reference to literature or painting.

Try felting.  It’s not that hard.  All supplies can be bought on Ebay.  I like to have on hand corriedale and merino wool, as they have different working properties with corriedale curly and chunky while merino has strands that are long and silky.  And the more colors, the better