Monthly Archives: July 2019

Shannon Weber and Sarah Waldron/Michelle Gallagher and Dayna Collins

ARTISTS TALK: August 17, starting @ 2 pm
MAIN GALLERY (July 25-August 27)

Shannon Weber works are inspired by vision and a collection of materials from nature, the ocean, and various odd forgotten objects. She feels each found and collected material type have a narrative all their own. “I pound materials with rocks for marks and to gain flexibility, set things on fire, collect local wax from bee keepers to make my wax medium. I keep myself highly entertained by collecting materials weekly in the forest or on the beach. I stack them around my bench to keep my eye on them as I work on objects with layers of stitching, paper, and wax and they often find their way into a current work. I keep all of my options open with materials and time. I have thrived on the curiosity of how things work, often treating my studio as a working lab.”

Sarah Waldron paintings up close are abstract in nature but step across the room and the image has a photo realistic quality. Her fascination with water as imagery has become a long-term study. Water as movement, ever changing patterns of color and value and an essence for all forms of life on earth. In the painting process she builds thin layers of oil paint from dark to light and as the image evolves. She makes things up creating shine where there is none or ripples that don’t exist. She works to portray the layers of water: the debris that lies on the water floor, what hovers beneath the surface, what pierces the surface of the water, what floats on top, what reflects from the sky and ripples of a fleeting moment. “The depth and mystery of the layers of water are what I strive to capture.”

FEATURE AREA (July 25-August 25)

Michelle Gallagher works with clay to create her sculptures. “Anthropomorphic creatures have been my primary focus over many years. Birds, and more specifically corvids, have regularly been turned out as garden guardians. Through ceramic sculpture I explore the complex relationship between form and material, using the alchemy of the firing process to bond the two. The enigmatic figures that result from my practice display human emotions that might often occur during the course of daily life. Generally though, their expressions will specifically portray a peaceful or contemplative mood suggesting a state of serenity during meditation or intense focus and deep concentration, which are all valuable tools in the creative process.”

Dayna Collins title for this show is “Salvage Collage: A Sort of Magic”. Dayna has always loved old books. She hyperventilates at the sight of books which are stained, defaced, torn or marked up. She rips battered books apart, reclaiming their faded fragments, and creates collages using only materials she has excavated.  Dayna’s mixed media pieces reflect the passage of time, repurposing the scraps that are worn and weathered, transforming the aged and tattered pieces into something unexpected and beautiful, celebrating their fragile decay.