COMMON GROUND

Nell Chandler

Earrings for Mary Ann

Last year when I had my featured artist show I learned how to work with torch enamels. Throughout the year I had other obligations and have not had a chance to work with them since. I decided this year that I still had a lot to learn about torch enamels so I decided to feature them again for our show.

I took a couple of kiln fired enamel classes years ago but never really connected with it. But then one day I found myself mesmerized by torch enamel tutorials I would find on You Tube when I would have a few slow moments working at the gallery. I couldn’t stop watching them and then I  got a couple of books on the subject.  It seemed like I had most of the things I needed to get started and I knew I had left over enamels from those classes.

So last year I discovered that I absolutely loved the process of laying layer after layer of enamels and watching each color emerge after being red hot and then cooled down. That’s what I was missing when I tried kiln enameling! I loved being with the piece the whole process instead of putting it in a kiln and waiting to see what happened.

So this year I learned a few new techniques and bought myself some new colors and got to work. This was one of my most favorite times getting ready for our show.

And on a personal note it was a wonderful opening reception for all four of us. And my best friend from the 5th grade came to our opening from Alabama and we have kept in touch but we haven’t seen each other in years and years so that was a special treat. And my sister from Tennessee came and we relaxed on tubes in the Eno River Saturday. All in all it was a wonderful time.

 

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COMMON GROUND

 

 

The paintings of Linda Carmel celebrate women and what they do every day to stabilize and support family and community. Her work points us toward a world in which women can take the lead in finding common ground, moving us away from this time of polarization, peril and uncertainty.

Carmel writes, “We can see things happening that might point the way for our country.  Record numbers of women are running for office in this year’s elections. The most effective challenge to the NRA is being led by adolescents who are furious at the adult world’s valuing assault rifles over their lives.”

Linda Carmel’s paintings in this show reflect her thoughts on the current predicament American society is facing. “My work illuminates how women can help heal a torn community. This series points toward a time of compassion for all of humanity and a respect for the Earth.  With a positive attitude and with humor, I offer my perspective to the viewer.”

Carmel adds, “My paintings have sculpted surfaces. You can actually feel the peaks and valleys that add nuance to the imagery.  I encourage people to touch these canvasses so that they can connect with the themes on a deeper level.”

Jewerly artist, Nell Chandler writes, “When we first decided to call our show Common Ground, I associated the title with us: four women.  As artists we definitely share a common sensibility. We are kindred spirits.

I then turned to the work that I would create for our show and I felt inspired by my friends to dig deeper into new techniques that I’d learned last year such as teaching myself torch enamels I learned from You tube tutorials, books, magazines and well just talking with other artist jewelers at the shows. I realized that I wanted to push myself to try to master some of these techniques to make jewelry that reflected the common ground between my established and my new love of torch enamels.

Painter, Michele Yellin writes, “In life, what interests me most is finding a space where I can have a meeting of the minds and hearts with others. Sometimes I think that it is not unusual to feel isolated and alienated. With a little effort, it is easy to connect with others and share what we have in common – our dreams, our hopes, our lives and our values.

The same is true for my artwork. I create work as an expression of my own inner and outer life. Once I put it out in the world, I am interested in other people connecting with, and finding that what I paint, is part of their lives as well.

My paintings evolve organically. I start by laying down texture and color to create a loose abstract field. The textures and colors suggest shapes and spaces, much like clouds creating shapes in the sky. Everything and anything is on that canvas, waiting to be found. I draw what I see, and begin painting. Some things stay, others are painted over, developing paintings that have many layers. Through this process, the painting begins to tell a story. It is how I discover and reveal my inner life.”

For Common Ground Evelyn Ward is showing a selection of her twice-fired stoneware pottery; the decoration integrates representations of local native plants. Ward writes,”I enjoy making good, useful pots that someone will enjoy using every day.” Her process for creating them is far from simple. Each piece passes through a labor intensive salt firing, and then a second electric kiln firing, which fastens ceramic decals of delicate plant drawings or photographs into place, and results in sepia-toned studies of seed pods or leaves contrasted against a rich, salt-glazed background.

Opening Reception

6-9

July 27

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MINDFULNESS

Jason Smith

Metal sculpture allows me to push the limits on my creative freedom. When I bend a piece of steel, or shape a piece of copper, I feel no boundaries. The process of my work may come from an idea or a concept, but most of the time, the process develops and unfolds as I begin a new project. For me, it allows my art to come from my heart, and not from my head. My sculptures are a combination of abstract and Asian inspired. The abstract manipulation of form in space to create visual balance, using rhythm, action and movement, combine to create compositions that convey the implied energy found in my work.

My recent work includes two large commissions for the regional cancer care center in Berlin, MD. The project was a year in the making and I feel so honored to be able to create sculptures to help symbolize this disease and be a source of strength for the patients and caregivers.

 

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MINDFULNESS

Eduardo Lapetina

What Memory is Made of

The process that leads to the creation of my abstract paintings requires a state of active, open attention to my thoughts and feelings. I tend to work in total isolation to discover the mysteries of the subconscious mind that are part of my own personal legend. Personality counts.

Home Mi Casa es Su Casa

My abstractions hold the promise of dreams, visions, fears, intangibles, and will. It is a collaboration of mind and spirit. It is a form of magic that may speak to you and for you with a private, secret, confidential language.

Eastern Attachment

The title of each painting hints at both the physical appearance and the poetic ambiguity of the long  journey that brings it into being. Titles of some of the paintings that I have produced for the Mindfullness Show are: “Inner beacons of life”, “Back to wonder”, “Pools of glimmer and spark”,”In the forest of the heart”, “Home, mi casa es su casa”,”What memory is made of and Allegra.

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ON THE ROAD TO MINDFULNESS

JUDE LOBE

Have you ever been in a conversation when someone was telling you their opinion and before they were even finished, you were composing how you would respond? Well, that is not Mindfulness.

 

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Sun Through the Trees, Cold Wax & Oil

“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” Think it’s easy? Just try and walk down a street and just enjoy the trees, the wind against your face, and the clouds in the sky. Instead, a hundred things pop in our minds – is the stove off, can I get the laundry done today, etc.

Or when we are going somewhere in the car. Do you enjoy the journey or are you concentrating on arriving? I decided to enjoy the journey. And so it was with this exhibit and preparing work for it.

Instead of thinking and drafting ideas and proceeding to carry out the design on a surface, I let the process just happen. In the case of the image above, I mixed colors and began covering the surface, enjoying the application of spreading the cold wax & oil medium with squeegee, scratching in it with palette knives, and applying different colors with brushes and palette knives. And it began to evolve.

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As to the piece on the left, Bird at Riverbank, I had found a piece of routed wood and thought it reminded me of a river. I then took some copper I had and torched it to bring out colors, hammered it to give it texture and molded it onto the routed wood. I found some small pieces of enamels I had done awhile ago, when I was making small little bowls and thought they kind of looked like rocks in a river, so there it was. Attached the enameled cups upside down to the copper. Each part on this artwork had already be fashioned previously. Looking around my studio in different boxes where I place completed pieces, certain pieces popped into mind they wanted to reside on this new piece of art. Thus came the fired clay pieces, leather string and feathers.

 

 

I used the title of our exhibit as my medium to create. They all came about serendipitous, mindfulness-ly, you might say. No pre-thought. Just being in the moment. Maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of my thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. And so it was with all the other pieces in the show. The first show in which I never had any stress when working on it.

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Medicine Being

 

 

MINDFULNESS

The Hillsborough Gallery of Arts continues its Featured Artist series with new works by two painters, Jude Lobe and Eduardo Lapetina, and one sculptor, Jason Smith.

Eduardo Lapetina writes, “The creation of my abstract paintings requires a state of active attention, being open to my thoughts and feelings. I tend to work in total isolation to discover the mysteries of my subconscious mind that are part of my own personal history. My abstractions hold the promise of dreams, visions, fears, intangibles and will. They are the result of a collaboration of my mind and spirit.

Titles of some of the paintings that I have produced for the Mindfulness are: ‘Back to Wonder,’  ‘The Trail is Now Visible,’ and “In the Forest of the Heart’. The title of each painting hints at both the physical appearance and the poetic ambiguity of the long journey that brings it into being.”

Jason Smith creates abstract sculptures with steel. Smith writes about his process: “I enjoy the manipulation of form in space to create visual balance. For Mindfulness I have combined pieces of steel and other metals to create compositions that convey rhythm, action and movement.”

Jude Lobe describes her inspiration for the art she produced for this exhibit: “We have all heard of mindfulness, but do we really understand it? I believe mindfulness is living in the moment and appreciating what is around us without judgment. I try not to interpret what is there – just to experience it.”


Lobe continues, “I walked outside and breathed the sweet air and listened to birds. Then returned to the studio and picked up a panel on which to paint. Choosing colors randomly from my palette, I applied them to the panel, layer after layer with no preconceived idea. Now and then I’d scratch the surface to reveal what was below.  A landscape emerged, almost as if the painting had a mind of its own. When I gazed at this new series of painted panels, I realized they all moved me in different ways. Sitting and viewing a blue painting made me feel relaxed, red made me feel excitement. After a while my left brain began to engage and I started to see what I wanted to add to the image to take it to its final stage.

I have always found creating art roots me in the present, in a peaceful space. Whether I am working in cold wax, metal, or clay, my expectation is that creating art with a calm mindset will translate those same feelings to the viewer.

Opening Reception

June 29

6-9

 

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COMBINATIONS

A Perfect Day for Koi

Pat Merriman

Mixed-media artist and founding member, Pat Merriman, describes her inspiration for Combinations: “For this show I have created several collages in response to Our State Magazine. I learned several startling facts about my birth state. One collage forcuses on Biltmore School of Forestry. Another portrays a series of old wooden windminlls that lined our coast many years ago. It’s always exciting for me to discover obscure facts about North Carolina and to then turn to my canvases to create collages with both printed material and paint.”

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