February Shows

January 31-February 26

MAIN GALLERY: Hanna Traynham & Paula Blackwell

Paula Blackwell has been exploring abstraction, creating mixed media paintings that incorporate complex layers of paint, mark-making, and texture. The resulting paintings are serene and ethereal, and are influenced by color, light and atmosphere. “My current body of work joins my love of gestural calligraphic and flung paint brushwork with several layers of pigmented washes, and hand painted, stamped or stenciled elements characteristic of asian luminaries or lanterns, architectural elements and spheres. From an artist “as creator” viewpoint, each painting is the result of my fascination with what is above, out in the atmosphere, what makes it change in color and feel, and what I imagine could be floating or happening out in space.” 

Paula Blackwell “Tempest in a Teacup” mixed media painting

Hanna Traynham knows the value of acceptance. As both a ceramicist and a high school art teacher, she sees beauty in the unplanned, and can enjoy the journey without attachment to the destination. Hanna is passionate about learning, teaching, development and growth. t and help to guide her journey as a ceramicist. Hanna pushes the limits of the material piercing her wheel thrown forms with careful attention to how the piece may alter under the high heat of the firing. Often her work will slump, acquiring an entirely organic movement that occurs only by nature. Her work is a metaphor to life’s unpredictable circumstances. Her fragile forms reveal, with sincere intention, how uncertainties in life most often become something greater than planned

Hanna Traynham, ceramic sculpture

FEATURE AREA:  Celeste LeBlanc

Celeste LeBlanc has spent two decades of working in glass. Having worked in many different media; watercolor, oils, fiber and gelatin, she applies those sensibilities to her work in glass. To quote Celeste “Glass has both transparency and wonderful colors; making it a fun medium.” Her methods include flame working, painting with glass powder and slumping  to shape pre-fired pieces

Celeste LeBlanc”THE ANGEL AND THE. BUTTERFLY? kiln formed glass