Hillsborough Gallery of Arts’ exhibit “Capturing Light” opens September 23
CAPTURING LIGHT, at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, features paintings by artists Lolette Guthrie and Eduardo Lapetina, as well as blown glasswork by Pringle Teetor. Three artists explore the ephemeral magic of light in transforming their creative work.
The CAPTURING LIGHT exhibition is a visual conversation among three unique artists who vary in focal inspiration, creative process, and medium. The result is an exciting , rich visual display. Lolette Guthrie’s serene, reflective landscapes contrast with Eduardo Lapetina’s vivid, heavily textured abstract paintings. Added to this conversation are the unique mouth-blown glassworks of Pringle Teetor.
Lolette Guthrie resonates to the words of photographer Walker Evans,”…the truly hard part is capturing the light in the air.” Guthrie says, “this is exactly what I am continually trying to achieve when I paint. I am primarily a landscape painter and I mostly paint from memory. Sometimes my work is pared down representation; sometimes it is abstract. Regardless of the genre, however, my paintings are all paintings of light and atmosphere. I seek to explore the many and varied faces of the physical world and to capture the ephemeral nature of light at a moment in time that transcends the subject and captures a mood that is timeless. Each piece begins with a loose idea that evolves gradually and intuitively as I build up the surface layer by layer. I always have an idea of what I want to explore but I find that at some point the painting takes on a life of it’s own and I’m never sure where it will end up. Always, however, I strive to discover and convey the essence of the subject and to create exciting, thought provoking visual metaphors that celebrate the incredible beauty and diversity of our world. To me the concentrated stillness of making and manipulating marks on a canvas is a form of meditation.”
Eduardo Lapetina’s abstract paintings, are based on the inner light of human emotion. “My abstract paintings are soul-scapes that are the product of working in complete solitude. They represent the discovery of mysteries of the subconscious mind, and they are part of my personal legend. It is a collaboration of mind and spirit. These abstractions hold the promise of dreams, visions, fears, intangibles, and will. It is the magic of a private, secret, and confidential language.”
Pringle Teetor marries art and science in creating her lyrical blown glassworks. “I find myself constantly amazed with how chemistry works in glass. Gold chloride, manganese, cobalt, copper and iron oxides are all used to create specific colors in glass. Unfortunately most of my favorite colors are high in silver and gold compounds, which have become more and more expensive. Silver blue or a gold ruby color is just so beautiful! Most of the pieces I make are made a bit ‘backwards’ – I think ‘color before form’ which sometimes can be the kiss of death in glass. Different colors of glass have very different working temperatures – some colors are very soft and fluid when at working temperature and others can be stiff at the same temperature, which makes blowing an even walled piece quite a challenge. Combining many colors with high silver and gold elements that don’t play together well made many of the pieces for my featured artist show difficult to produce – but the results can be astounding. A metallic sheen can result on some of the colors. Some of the pieces remind me of different stones, like jasper, malachite or lapis lazuli. Others look like visions from the Hubble Telescope of stars, dust and gasses in outer space. The sculptural pieces are made by specifically combining softer colors with stiffer colors wrapped around them, and then the axis is switched by transferring the piece to another pipe and another stiff color is wrapped around the piece. When the blowing process starts, the stiffer color can be a little restraining and give the piece a ‘cage’ effect.”
Capturing the Light
Hillsborough Gallery of Arts
121N Churton Street
About The Hillsborough Gallery of Arts:
Founded in 2006, the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts is owned and operated by 22 local artists. The gallery represents these established artists exhibiting contemporary fine art and fine craft. Offerings include painting, sculpture, ceramics, mosaics, photography, fiber art, jewelry, glass arts, metal, enamel, turned wood and handcrafted furniture. The Hillsborough Gallery of Arts is located in the Mercantile Building at 121 North Churton Street in historic downtown Hillsborough, N.C. For more information visit the Gallery website: http://www.HillsboroughGallery.com