Serious Fun

Nell Chandler writes, “For our show I have created some of my narrative jewelry about relationships, spirituality and just life. I have also made some of my more abstract pieces that have a more tailored look. I always enjoy reaching back to my previous techniques and jewelry lines for inspiration, but this year feels different. I find the challenges of the world today burdening my heart.  As a reaction to this heaviness, I find myself in the studio making pieces that are more lighthearted and airy.”

Chandler continues,  This show  has also given me the opportunity to try something new. I have been thinking about trying a little torch firing and have been reading magazines and books and watching tutorials. I have dabbled a bit now and it feels perfect for our show we named Serious fun.

Painter and assemblage artist, Michele Yellin, often begins her work by placing a quote in the underpainting as way to start the process. Color is the language she uses with great boldness to say the things that cannot be expressed in words. As she layers the canvas with color she finds that figures and shapes begin to emerge. Much like a writer developing a cast of characters, she lets these shapes and figures tell her who they are. Michele moves from philosophical to playful with deftness and a strong sense of her own artistic voice.

Yellin writes, “For Serious Fun I have created vibrant paintings and wooden folk art using texture, layers of color, and line. With these elements, I am exploring the reality that is inside the reality we see.”

Fabric artist Ali Givens writes, “For Serious Fun  I have worked on refining several fabric collages that I began years ago. For some pieces, such as “Orange Peacock” I removed one element, the peacock, from the original quilt and built an entirely new composition. In another work, “Long Afternoon” I simplified the colors to create a completely new feeling. I’ve also revisted my favorite theme for other new work: the still life. Especially fun and challenging for me was incorporating my own interpretations of my fellow artists’ paintings and pottery as elements in my own collages. Being inspired by my friends is always the most fun, serious fun.”

Opening Reception

July 28

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Lolette Guthrie: REFLECTIONS EXHIBIT

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I paint largely from memory so my paintings are always reflections on what I have experienced, however, for this show I concentrated on exploring both the physical idea of reflections of sky in water and my reflections on what it felt like to be in a particular place at a particular time.

Because the light quality at a particular time of day, the temperature or the season are so much a part of my memories, my paintings are also always paintings of light and atmosphere as I strive to capture the ephemeral nature of light that creates a mood that is timeless. I always begin a piece with a general idea of time and place. I then sketch in the geometry and let go letting the painting tell me what it wants to become. At some point the piece always takes on a life of its own so I am never sure what the end result will be. Long interest in composition, geometry, color relationships and the edges of a piece has led to increasingly simplified/spare landscapes and often to abstractions derived from these landscapes.

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Much of my work is a reflection on time spent on the tiny island of Ocracoke, NC. Located at the southernmost tip of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore it is bounded on one side by Pamlico Sound with its beautiful and vitally important marshes and on the other, the Atlantic Ocean, thirteen miles of pristine beaches and the magic of the ever-changing sea. Ocracoke is a place to heal, to relax and to find one’s center. Paradoxically, it is also where I go to get reenergized, where I feel most alive, where I find inspiration.  ~ Lolette Guthrie

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