Whimsical Nature

photofeaturing new works by Nell Chandler, Ali Givens, Eric Saunders, and Lynn Wartski

Hillsborough Gallery of Arts,
May 28 – June 23, 2013

Opening Reception Friday, May 31, 6-9 pm

“Whimsical Nature” speaks to the playfulness and natural themes that can be encountered in the work of these four featured artists. A sense of play also enters this show by way of experimentation, and the innovative use of four very different mediums. Jewelry artist Nell Chandler often uses words and pictures to tell a story within a piece of wearable art. Fabric artist Ali Givens re-imagines landscapes and scenes from her travels in vivid colors and forms. Eric Saunder’s photography captures the beauty of abstract art, and the whimsy or intrigue of transient moments in nature and life. The sculpture of Lynn Wartski combines unexpected materials into fanciful forms and figures.

About Nell Chandler

Nell creates the pictorial elements of her silver jewelry in several novel ways. Some are etched, sawed out and filled with colored resin. Others, are miniature acrylic paintings sealed in clear resin, or drawings on shrink film set in a sterling bezel. For this show she is using black and white to explore  her curiosity about the opposites in our lives. Words and pictures – or hints of them, are etched on a brass plate, the impression captured in polymer clay, and highlighted with the contrasting color.

About Ali Givens

When Ali travels, she is constantly looking for ways to convey what she sees. Viewers may discover her interpretation of mountains in China, or the intensity of Costa Rica’s foliage. Inspiration can come by the way other artists have broken things down into lines and shapes. Ali likes to further simplify things into brightly colored shapes, and create fun new compositions. Working with batiks, the patterns in these fabrics created by other hands, feel alive and vibrant to Givens. The energy in these patterns often emerges as new forms in her quilts. Ali creates art quilts that celebrate color. Layering fabrics and threads, the end result is sometimes a surprise for artist and viewer both.

About Eric Saunders

Eric’s subject matter is outdoor landscapes both natural and urban. He utilizes both color and black and white photography. Sometimes Eric experiments with other subjects like architecture and artifacts, and the digital manipulation of his images. There is no particular story line to his work. Eric tries to communicate the beauty of abstract art, and the whimsy or intrigue of transient moments in nature and life. ”

About Lynn Wartski

Lynn’s sculpture incorporates unexpected and wildly varied materials in representational forms that possess a playful steampunk style. Recent concentration on figure pieces and a themed group show based on the wonders of childhood, lead her to a truly whimsical combination – figure sculpture turned art doll. Intrigued by the a vast array of possibilities, the artist sketchbook soon was populated with fantastical inhabitants. These sketches have now been rendered three dimensionally in surprising combinations of materials. Torch-fired enamel-clad copper nails form eyes that peer from hammered copper faces. Dolls dressed in rich textiles, hardware, leather, and metal sit quietly lacing a shoe, swing from a trapeze, or atop an antique bicycle.

Opening Reception
Friday May 31, 6-9

Hillsborough Gallery of Art
121 North Churton St
Hillsborough, NC 27278


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