Not Alone

Marcy Lansman

I started the “Not Alone” series two years ago. Looking at an abstract landscape I had painted, I saw, in my mind’s eye, people walking up a hill. In the painting based on that image, the background was light at the top fading to almost black at the bottom, and the figures were silhouetted against that background. Painting it, I started with the figures at the bottom with the idea that this was some kind of forced march. They hung their heads as though burdened with grief. But as I moved upwards, the figures became less beaten down. The last figure I painted was a little girl gesturing to an old man as if to say, “Come on! Let’s go.” That little girl always brought tears to my eyes. She appears in many paintings in the series.

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Several other paintings in the “Not Alone” series have similar themes: people move upwards across the page, sometimes alone, sometimes in groups, but always following in each other’s footsteps.

In “Moving on,” the figures seem to be carrying their belongings with them. They appear against a background of bombed out buildings, suggesting that they are refugees fleeing a war zone.

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In “Help Along the Way” groups of dark figures are guided by lighter figures, as though the memory of a friend or family member or some kind of spirit were guiding them.

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More than with other work I’ve done, the ideas for these paintings have come to me unbidden. The series title “Not Alone” alludes to the idea that we are all on the same journey. In some ways we are alone, but in many other ways we are accompanied by others and guided by those who have gone before.

 

 

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Not Alone

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Together Three Hillsborough Gallery Artists Explore Being Not Alone

 

Three unique artists are featured this month at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts. Fused glass artist Mark Kinsella, potter Garry Childs and painter Marcy Lansman will be exhibiting their newest work in a show entitled “Not Alone.”

 

Mark Kinsella writes that Not Alone is an appropriate title for an art exhibit. Says Kinsella, “The process of creating can be a solitary endeavor but once the work is complete it moves into to the realm of not alone. If you happen to be in a gallery looking at a piece of art and you are the only one in the room, you are not alone. The artist will always have a presence in the room and you will be sharing their vision and experience. You are also sharing the space with the artist’s muse, whether the muse was a person, event, or nature. So you see, not alone is what you are when viewing the art; and not alone is what the artist has created, intentionally or not.”

“My work is sometimes functional, sometimes sculptural, or some pieces can be both depending on the preferences of the collector. I’m inspired by nature, images in movies, life experiences and I draw on my photography background to help with composition and color combinations.”

“I’ve been working with glass for more than 10 years and I’m still developing my technique. I am not beholden to one type of process but try to incorporate all that I’ve learned into my work. I’m always evolving and changing, trying new styles, and producing different and fresh work.”

“I truly believe that working with glass is a metaphor for life. Things can be very random and seemingly disconnected but with patience, creativity, and a little hard work, one can pull it all together into something beautiful. I’m motivated to leave the world in better shape than when I arrived and feel that I can do that by creating art that could possibly last for hundreds of years.”

“Not Alone also aptly describes Garry Childs philosophy as a potter. He writes, “It is very important to me that my work be accessible. My pots are intended for people’s homes. My bowls and platters look best on tables with food being shared by families and friends, my planters and vases with someone’s favorite herb or fresh flowers. Some pieces are certainly more decorative in nature than others. Those are an expression of my joy in the process that hopefully becomes a part of someone’s day-to-day life.”

“All of my work is formed on the potter’s wheel from terra-cotta clay. I apply glazes to my pots when they have reached a state potters call “leather-hard” that is when the clay has stiffened up enough to handle but is not completely dry. I then carve through the glaze into the still damp clay to achieve the various patterns seen on my work.”

“While the shape and form of my pots continues to be my primary interest, I will be introducing some new work in this show. Color and pattern are used for emphasis. I will also be taking the opportunity to bring in more of my larger pieces than I usually have on display at the gallery.”

In writing about her approach to this show, Marcy Lansman writes, “Looking at a dark landscape I had painted, I imagined silhouetted figures walking up a hill. That image inspired Not Alone, the first in a series of paintings in which silhouetted figures, some alone, some in groups, move in a common direction as if toward a common goal. The works in this exhibit, also entitled Not Alone,” are a further exploration of that original idea. In one, figures burdened with bundles and suitcases walk solemnly against a background of crumbling buildings. In another, the figures look upward, seemingly drawn toward a brighter place. All are a contemplation of the journeys we share and the sense in which we make these journeys alone or with others.

Please join us for a Reception

June 26th

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Our Art is…

_20150603_143610Pat Merriman

When I paint it is always with my favorite themes…this time I have revisited Koi on very different sized panels, 10×30 that allows them to swim up or downstream with glints of gold, unusual fun colors and playful acrylic textures.

_20150603_143127Then there are always one of two Hillsborough or NC scenes.

_20150603_143530And finally I am honoring my love of cooking by painting vegetables, fruits, and cooking scenes from my kitchen, dining spaces or cocktail spaces.

 

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Our Art is…

A Pause and Awakening IEduardo Lapatina

My art is…an ongoing adventure I’ve been enjoying for many years. Art has taken me to places I never imagined could exist until I arrived there with my paintings. Life itself changes over time and those changes are reflected in my art. A recent health crisis involving hospitalization and a recovery period constituted a necessary pause in my painting activity, but I never stopped thinking about my work.

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“A Pause and Awakening” is the title for my latest series of paintings, which are on display at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts in the featured artists show.These new paintings represent a fresh direction for my work that connects what has come before to what comes next. I’ve added new materials and techniques to the work that bring fresh color and life to it. I am very excited to bring this new work to the public in Hillsbourough.

 

 

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Our Art is….

art doll balloon webLynn Wartski

The art doll sculptures I have created for this year’s feature show stretch beyond  interesting little characters. I worked to push gesture and movement to hopefully capture each figure in a moment of a narrative. My hope  is that the viewer finds him or herself wondering what is going on with each individual, or what will be occurring in the very next moment,

The piece I chose for the postcard image for the show, “Balloon”, is a good example of this extension with narrative. A small figure with pigtails is stretching on tiptoe while grasping the end of a balloon string. Is she in the process of loosing her grasp? I she running along with a breeze? Perhaps it is a magically strong balloon that will carry her away? I guess the answer resides with each viewer.

I have also continued my experimentation with new materials and media incorporation into  my art dolls. Though I know that I never would want to fully step away from the copper that has become a trademark of my work, I have enjoyed playing with other materials as the main component of a piece with the metal in a supporting role.

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My piece titled “Media” is an example of play and experimentation with materials. Though she still began with a copper face that I hand hammered, the rest of her creation took a number of detours. I shaped her torso, skirt top, neck, and one of her shins from wood. Her head and one arm are paperclay over an armature, and her hair is hand cut parchment. Lastly, her multiple mixed media arms and legs are articulated with joints rather than my usual bendable padded wire frame.

One piece that nicely brings together both the elements of narrative and expanding media is “Paper Alice”. My version of Alice in Wonderland steps out of a story that many already know. I based this art doll on pen and ink illustrations from a classic edition of the book.I fully sculpted her head and arms from paperclay, and metal is found only in her accessories and details. Images and favorite quotes from the tale are worked into her clothing and on her base, and she has a wig made of strips of parchment paper.

art doll paper alice webI thoroughly enjoy creating these art doll figures, and even more, people’s reactions to them.

 

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Our Art Is…

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Exploring What Art Is At The Hillsborough Gallery Of Arts

Three very different artists are featured this month at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts. Painters Pat Merriman and Eduardo Lapetina and sculptor Lynn Wartski present their newest work in a show they call OUR ART IS…..
 
Pat Merriman, a founding member of the gallery, says “When I paint it is always with my favorite themes…this time I have revisited Koi on long 10”x30” panels that allow them to swim up or downstream. ” They shine with glints of gold, unusual colors and playful acrylic textures. There will also be one or two Hillsborough or NC scenes, and I am honoring my love of cooking by painting vegetables, fruits, and cooking scenes from my kitchen.”

Eduardo Lapetina paints large colorful canvases. Describing his creative method, Lapetina says “I strive to produce paintings that exhibit the powerful emotions embodied in the process. That is much more important to me than making images that are necessarily pleasing or objectively beautiful. An image arrived at through such a slow, deliberative set of processes appears fresh and immediate by maintaining spontaneity at every turn. The destination is unknown until I finally get there.”

Lynn Wartski adds whimsy to the show with the unique doll sculptures for which she is increasingly well-known. Says Wartski “My art doll sculptures test the limits of expression that can be achieved with unconventional material choices of forged copper, and other metal work, for faces, hands, and various elements of design. The result is a collection of pieces with a cohesive sculptural style despite the incorporation of widely varied materials and experimentation. The dolls I have been working on for this year’s show have an additional dimension beyond capturing gesture and interesting costuming. With these sculptures I introduce more of an element of narrative into each piece. I’ve worked to capture a moment of movement, or the figure caught somewhere mid-stride. I hope the viewer finds him or herself looking at that single captured static moment and wondering or imagining what the next moment would hold.”

 

Please join us for the Opening Reception
Friday May29th
6-9

 

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What I came here for

 Chris Burnside

“If you bring forth what is within you, what is within you will save you. If you don’t bring forth what is within you, what is within you will destroy you.” Gospel of Thomas

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I believe we each have the opportunity to create our own lives and that if we don’t, we will have regrets. To create one’s “own” life, I think a person needs to examine what is important to them and what it is they want to be doing.

 

I started drawing early and by 5 years of age had decided I wanted to be an artist. In the 60’s studying art in college, I also became incredibly excited by dance and decided to pursue it as a career. BUT – I promisedpromisedpromised myself that I would one day come back to the more solitary studio practice in the Arts that I loved. In 2001, I realized that it was time.

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My glass process has been the result – one that includes color & textural relationships I see in Nature, influences from 60’s abstract artists, and a sense of movement that comes from my years in dance.

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Coming back to the visual art practice has been a right choice, and a fulfilling one – One that has influenced both my “still alive” interest in dance and my life. Each day I’m excited about what’s next – what can I envision and then translate into a real piece? I’m excited about the mystery of the creative process – It is part of who I have been since the beginning!

 

I think that our society doesn’t always do such a great job of encouraging our young to follow their interests, their passions. The Arts path isn’t an easy path, but it certainly can be a rewarding one. I was incredibly fortunate to have two parents that encouraged me to follow my heart – Who encouraged me to CREATE MY LIFE.

 

This is my first featured artist show at Hillsborough Gallery and I feel most fortunate to have worked with Arianna and Michele – there has been such a sense of ease, serendipity, and joy in the process.

 

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