Between Earth and Sky

Arianna Bara

My pieces in this show are inspired by time, time as it is reflected in and captured by stones and fossils.

Stones, with their layers of strata which at times swirl delicately as lace and at other times are hard and geometric, remind me of the passage of time. Their names; Dragon Blood, Feather Ridge Plume, Red Creek, are so evocative, and imply that in some way things that are transitory can be captured forever in stone.

Some of my jewelry pieces contain fossils such as trilobites and ammonites, sea creatures that resided in the ancient oceans millions of years ago. Sometimes these fossils become transformed into pyrite so they have a shiny metallic surface. It puts me in awe to realize that hundreds of millions of years separate those once living creatures from myself, and reminds me of how insignificant our human lives are in the history of this planet.

Plume agate med

Two other artists join Arianna in this month’s Featured Artist show Between Earth and Sky.

Jude Lobe creates some of her pieces in the show in cold wax and oil. One of her paintings is built up in many layers that she has scratched through to reveal colors and textures she added much earlier. Her work is thoughtful and meaningful. She is exploring nature and the cycle of devastation and rebirth of mother earth. One of her paintings, somewhat abstract, is her representation that “through wars, devastation, hardships and even death , the earth and universe will continue to project positive energy and hope.”

Chris Graebner comes from a botanical illustration background. For her show she had decided that she has long enjoyed abstract art and was going to experiment with abstract painting. She spent the summer experimenting with different ways of looking at things and trying out new mediums. She discovered that abstract painting wasn’t really a fit for her but in all her experimentation she learned a new way of looking at the sky and how much or little the sky plays a part in a painting.  In her group of work you can see the influence of her abstract study, mostly in the compositions, while at the same time rediscovering her roots.


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