MINDFULNESS

Jason Smith

Metal sculpture allows me to push the limits on my creative freedom. When I bend a piece of steel, or shape a piece of copper, I feel no boundaries. The process of my work may come from an idea or a concept, but most of the time, the process develops and unfolds as I begin a new project. For me, it allows my art to come from my heart, and not from my head. My sculptures are a combination of abstract and Asian inspired. The abstract manipulation of form in space to create visual balance, using rhythm, action and movement, combine to create compositions that convey the implied energy found in my work.

My recent work includes two large commissions for the regional cancer care center in Berlin, MD. The project was a year in the making and I feel so honored to be able to create sculptures to help symbolize this disease and be a source of strength for the patients and caregivers.

 

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MINDFULNESS

Eduardo Lapetina

What Memory is Made of

The process that leads to the creation of my abstract paintings requires a state of active, open attention to my thoughts and feelings. I tend to work in total isolation to discover the mysteries of the subconscious mind that are part of my own personal legend. Personality counts.

Home Mi Casa es Su Casa

My abstractions hold the promise of dreams, visions, fears, intangibles, and will. It is a collaboration of mind and spirit. It is a form of magic that may speak to you and for you with a private, secret, confidential language.

Eastern Attachment

The title of each painting hints at both the physical appearance and the poetic ambiguity of the long  journey that brings it into being. Titles of some of the paintings that I have produced for the Mindfullness Show are: “Inner beacons of life”, “Back to wonder”, “Pools of glimmer and spark”,”In the forest of the heart”, “Home, mi casa es su casa”,”What memory is made of and Allegra.

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ON THE ROAD TO MINDFULNESS

JUDE LOBE

Have you ever been in a conversation when someone was telling you their opinion and before they were even finished, you were composing how you would respond? Well, that is not Mindfulness.

 

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Sun Through the Trees, Cold Wax & Oil

“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” Think it’s easy? Just try and walk down a street and just enjoy the trees, the wind against your face, and the clouds in the sky. Instead, a hundred things pop in our minds – is the stove off, can I get the laundry done today, etc.

Or when we are going somewhere in the car. Do you enjoy the journey or are you concentrating on arriving? I decided to enjoy the journey. And so it was with this exhibit and preparing work for it.

Instead of thinking and drafting ideas and proceeding to carry out the design on a surface, I let the process just happen. In the case of the image above, I mixed colors and began covering the surface, enjoying the application of spreading the cold wax & oil medium with squeegee, scratching in it with palette knives, and applying different colors with brushes and palette knives. And it began to evolve.

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As to the piece on the left, Bird at Riverbank, I had found a piece of routed wood and thought it reminded me of a river. I then took some copper I had and torched it to bring out colors, hammered it to give it texture and molded it onto the routed wood. I found some small pieces of enamels I had done awhile ago, when I was making small little bowls and thought they kind of looked like rocks in a river, so there it was. Attached the enameled cups upside down to the copper. Each part on this artwork had already be fashioned previously. Looking around my studio in different boxes where I place completed pieces, certain pieces popped into mind they wanted to reside on this new piece of art. Thus came the fired clay pieces, leather string and feathers.

 

 

I used the title of our exhibit as my medium to create. They all came about serendipitous, mindfulness-ly, you might say. No pre-thought. Just being in the moment. Maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of my thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. And so it was with all the other pieces in the show. The first show in which I never had any stress when working on it.

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Medicine Being

 

 

MINDFULNESS

The Hillsborough Gallery of Arts continues its Featured Artist series with new works by two painters, Jude Lobe and Eduardo Lapetina, and one sculptor, Jason Smith.

Eduardo Lapetina writes, “The creation of my abstract paintings requires a state of active attention, being open to my thoughts and feelings. I tend to work in total isolation to discover the mysteries of my subconscious mind that are part of my own personal history. My abstractions hold the promise of dreams, visions, fears, intangibles and will. They are the result of a collaboration of my mind and spirit.

Titles of some of the paintings that I have produced for the Mindfulness are: ‘Back to Wonder,’  ‘The Trail is Now Visible,’ and “In the Forest of the Heart’. The title of each painting hints at both the physical appearance and the poetic ambiguity of the long journey that brings it into being.”

Jason Smith creates abstract sculptures with steel. Smith writes about his process: “I enjoy the manipulation of form in space to create visual balance. For Mindfulness I have combined pieces of steel and other metals to create compositions that convey rhythm, action and movement.”

Jude Lobe describes her inspiration for the art she produced for this exhibit: “We have all heard of mindfulness, but do we really understand it? I believe mindfulness is living in the moment and appreciating what is around us without judgment. I try not to interpret what is there – just to experience it.”


Lobe continues, “I walked outside and breathed the sweet air and listened to birds. Then returned to the studio and picked up a panel on which to paint. Choosing colors randomly from my palette, I applied them to the panel, layer after layer with no preconceived idea. Now and then I’d scratch the surface to reveal what was below.  A landscape emerged, almost as if the painting had a mind of its own. When I gazed at this new series of painted panels, I realized they all moved me in different ways. Sitting and viewing a blue painting made me feel relaxed, red made me feel excitement. After a while my left brain began to engage and I started to see what I wanted to add to the image to take it to its final stage.

I have always found creating art roots me in the present, in a peaceful space. Whether I am working in cold wax, metal, or clay, my expectation is that creating art with a calm mindset will translate those same feelings to the viewer.

Opening Reception

June 29

6-9

 

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COMBINATIONS

A Perfect Day for Koi

Pat Merriman

Mixed-media artist and founding member, Pat Merriman, describes her inspiration for Combinations: “For this show I have created several collages in response to Our State Magazine. I learned several startling facts about my birth state. One collage forcuses on Biltmore School of Forestry. Another portrays a series of old wooden windminlls that lined our coast many years ago. It’s always exciting for me to discover obscure facts about North Carolina and to then turn to my canvases to create collages with both printed material and paint.”

Prime

 

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COMBINATIONS

Desert Tracks

 

Eric Saunders

For my own images this can mean combining complementary or opposing elements in a picture, or combining different digital techniques to manipulate a picture.

I have made photographic images utilizing both of these methods,and are part of the featured artist show “Combinations”.

Ancient Roots

I am exhibiting 13 images in this show, plus a few more in the rest of the gallery.

For example there will be images depicting trees and roots along a trail off the Blue Ridge Parkway against a foggy background, and floating leaves blurred into streaks with a time exposure on top of a rocky creek reflecting autumn color.

Floating Leaf Streaks

 

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COMBINATIONS

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Garry Childs

I love the title of this show, “Combinations”.  I don’t recall which one of us suggested it other than that it wasn’t me, but as soon as it was suggested I immediately and enthusiastically said yes. Pottery is all about combinations. It begins with a combination of earth and water after all, then combine that with fire. Add a combination of glass forming materials and you have a glaze. Then there are combinations of form and surface, colors and textures.

My work for the show has been done with the title of the show in mind.

A few years ago I started doing some pots that I call the “Red Clay Series”. These pots use local clays that I dig straight from the ground applied to the surface of the pots to develop very interesting and natural textures. That process has evolved to include other materials that add additional color and texture. I have several vases in this show that utilize this technique combined with the glazing and carving seen on most of my work. Additionally there are two heavily textured large platters that are intended to be used as wall hangings. I also have some pots that use a metallic glaze with similar materials applied over the surface to develop texture along with bright, strong colors. The “Combinations L’Orb” are some that I am quite pleased with. There isn’t any carving at all on these

I have a new blue color that I am using in combination with a black glaze on a couple of pieces for the show. It also works nicely with my red glaze. And of course my usual combination of glazed and carved planters, vases, bowls and platters will be on display throughout the gallery.

 

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