Fri­day, MAR 21st, 2017 from 6 – 9 pm

 Ari­anna Bara describes the inspi­ra­tion for each of her new one-of-kind cre­ations in ster­ling sil­ver: “My pieces for this show are about ques­tions. The ones we all have about why we are here and what we are here to do. Believ­ing as I do that we are spir­i­tual beings hav­ing a human expe­ri­ence and that nature is our part­ner and guide in that expe­ri­ence, the search for answers leads me to look to what is right beneath my feet, to what is right beside me as I walk in the woods or along the river. I believe the answers sur­round us and are there for us to discover.”

Wood turner, Michael Salemi writes, “Nor­mally, rivers con­tain the flow of water within their banks. But when water is too pow­er­ful to be con­tained, the river answers by chang­ing. My work for this show dis­plays the same ten­sion. Some pieces are con­trolled shap­ings of wood to clas­sic and expected forms, but oth­ers reflect the power of the wood itself—the work becomes what the wood would have it be.”

Of his new work for the show, Eduardo Lapetina states, “My paint­ings are a way for me to enter the world, not an escape from it. A paint­ing opens a door into a space in which a play may be staged– where con­flict, cli­max, and res­o­lu­tion all come together. In the process of cre­ation, a paint­ing becomes a bat­tle­field for my strug­gles about what is, what is not, what ought to be, what I like, what I love, what I hate, frus­tra­tions, dis­en­chant­ment, embar­rass­ments. My art exposes to the world my most pri­vate thoughts and feel­ings, form­ing a spa­tial con­nec­tion between what lives within me and what is alive in every­one else. I want my spaces to be painted with­out inten­tion, with­out con­scious tech­nique, with­out any­thing that might inter­fere with the con­nec­tions I seek to cre­ate. I do not want to keep a tra­di­tion. I am not look­ing for beauty, but the viewer might find it in my art. My paint­ings are not about any par­tic­u­lar theme or motif, they are attempts to con­vey the imma­te­r­ial through mate­ri­al­ity. My aim is to project energy, visual vibra­tions, light, voices, excite­ment, and enthu­si­asm, and to cap­ture them in a phys­i­cal form that you can take home with you.”