Monthly Archives: April 2014

April brought showers, but a sweet opening

Here are some picture of the opening with Brad R Nelson (ceramic sculpture) and Jennifer Gillia Cutshall & Richard Cutshall (collaborative paintings) in the Main Gallery; Stacey Thalden with paintings and small sculptures) in the Feature area.


Jennifer & guest                                                                       Richard, Jennifer & Brad


Brad & guests                                                                                Stacey


Stacey & guests                                                                    Richard & Jennifer


Jennifer & Brad talking with guests                                                Stacey


Karen Croner & Gillian Freney

April 24-May 27


Karen Croner “Wary Hares” mixed media

Karen Croner is a mixed media sculptor working with wire, papier-mâché, paper clay, fabric, plaster, and acrylic paints.  Her new pieces are inspired by some very old stories.  As she puts it: “These one-of-a-kind animal sculptures are my take on iconic characters in favorite Grimm’s fairy tales: the innocent children who wander in the woods; the tricksters, witches, and scheming stepmothers who steer the kids wrong; the mischief, sorcery, and threats they endure; princes and princesses who struggle to set the world right.  My goal was never to make sculptures of “the big bad wolf.” Instead I hope my wolves show enough range and complexity to be as innocent as they are threatening.  Each of my sculptures begins with a wire armature and then papier-mâché.  I use other simple materials — paper clay, fabric, plaster, and acrylic paints — to create unique textures and features. The materials present challenges but also surprises.  The tension between these humble ingredients and my utmost vision for each piece motivates me to explore and innovate.

Gillian Freney “Nest #1” oil paint

Gillian Freney is an oil painter using subtractive methods to produce her art. The paintings on frosted Mylar are mostly a process of removing paint. She start by covering part or all of the surface with paint, and then  removing the paint with various rubber tools, cloth, paper, mineral spirits, etc. The Mylar has a slippery surface, so the paint slides around on the surface with ease. “I can wipe the paint off to reveal a completely clean surface, which is liberating.”  Nests have been a recurring subject for her. To quote Gillian “I like that they are simultaneously elegant and messy. I love how the stray bits along the edges reveal so much about their construction. I’m amazed and impressed that birds make them.”  Another series she will be showing are her color panels.  They are also created by removing paint, although in this case she puts layers of color one atop the next (oil on gessoed panels), removing paint with various tools to reveal the layers beneath. “While I don’t start out with landscapes in mind, they often come to resemble landscapes and geology.

Mari Livie & Alison Eriksen

April 24-May 25


Mari Livie “Anemones” fiber

Mari Livie works with fiber and thread. She will be presenting two series.  In “Surface” the pieces are close ups of living surfaces.  Mari is experimenting with creating new textures and depth with the cloth.  She is combining cloth dying, burning, garment making techniques, embroidery, and blind exploration to create surfaces reminiscent of life under a microscope.  The other series involves stitching onto photographic images and playing with possibilities for what lies just outside the camera frame.  “I am interested in the human condition and how it affects and is affected by the natural world.   I am certain that by connecting with the natural world our human lives are enriched, simplified, and clarified.”


Alison Eriksen “Three Figures Weaving” mixed media

Alison Eriksen is a sculptor working with steel wire, ceramic and found objects.  She uses the human form to explore the language of gesture, interaction and rhythm. Wire lends itself well to this exploration, creating wrapped, three-dimensional forms through which the inner structure is visible.  One-of-a-kind sculpted porcelain or stoneware heads give each figure individuality, while antique boxes provide a space in which the figures-whether they interact with objects or with each other-express themes of contemplation, curiosity and play.