Monday, September 11, 2017

IN THE WINDOWS: Small Studies: Art Quilts

Now through Halloween

Small Studies: Art Quilts

by
Gwen Schagrin


These small art quilts continue the investigation of experimenting with color, shape and composition in fabric that I began in 2015.  

In earlier works, abstracting specific images (often architectural or landscape) drove the process. 

In the pieces now on view, I worked somewhat differently, often striving to create a visual representation of a feeling in reaction to an event, place, or concept. Some works are experiments in combining form, mass, color, and using  close hues, an effect which fascinates me. Trying to paint abstractly using pieced fabric continues to inform how I work.

The teaching and works of  Jean Wells, Rayna Gillman, Gwen Marston, and Pam Beal have inspired and guided me. 








Thursday, July 20, 2017

In the Windows: Ceramic Sculpture by Pauline Mitchell and Patricia Haynes

Patricia Haynes

Pauline Mitchell

Patricia Haynes:

Drawing and painting have been abiding interests of mine since childhood. In dozens of classes, I have benefited from a group of magnetic teachers; I experimented with a wide range of media and subject matter under their tutelage. Eventually, life drawing became my primary focus.

Then, in 1999, enrollment in a pottery class was unexpectedly inspiring. I was introduced not only to a new medium, but more importantly, to an unexplored perspective. Quickly bored with the idea of throwing a perfect pot, I rolled out slabs of clay. Designing three dimensional forms with these slabs left me breathless with excitement. And, the discovery of clay's responsive qualities gave me pure joy. The soft surface begged for shaping and texture. My years of studying the human form enabled me to reach into a new world. Earthenware forced and enabled me to develop new ways of thinking about how to express the figure. That combination of figure drawing and the magic of clay led to this body of work. I am constantly challenged and surprised by each new piece.



Pauline Mitchell: ONE IN EIGHT

"One woman in eight who lives to age 85 will develop breastcancer during her lifetime.”-National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.

I am a survivor. On Valentine’s Day in 1995 I had a bi-lateralradical mastectomy. Why radical? I wanted the cancer out, now!

For a long time, it was difficult to look at myself in a mirror. Oneday I accepted that these are my battle scars and I had earned them.Battling with cancer changes a person.

Before surgery I would take a long time getting to know people.Sometimes, so much time, that I never did get to know them. Aftersurgery, I realized that my time might be very short and I didn’thave the time to wait or to be shy.
I have learned to make decisions and make them fairly quickly.

My goal is to live one day at a time.

Why this body of work? To heal…and to share with others whohave been on the same journey

Friday, April 28, 2017

In the Windows: Betsy Dollar

IN THE WINDOWS
STANDING UNITEDbyBETSY Dollar



I've known Betsy Dollar for many years now. She has shown with Susan Hensel Gallery since at least 2006.
Betsy is a papermaker who works LARGE! The piece in the windows is from sprayed abaca. Spraying paper pulp allows Besty to work seamlessly large. Learn more about Betsy Dollar.  Drive by at night for a spectacular view.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

IN THE WINDOWS: Have a Giggle WIth Joan Kloiber

Want to giggle?  Come by the windows on Cedar.

Joan Says: 

My intention with these artworks is to provoke a laugh, a smile, a warm heart, even a giggle; to lift the spirit, to brighten the day.  Nothing more, nothing profound -  but then, isn’t a smile profound ?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

IN THE WINDOWS: Mary Alterman


Artist Statement:
“The aim of art is to present not the outward appearance of things but their inward
significance.” Aristotle
As an artist, I celebrate and return to the spirit, the spiritual, the joy that is the longing in
my gut, which informs my gestures and movement. Like a musician, I paint from every
part of myself, body, heart, mind and soul.