Hillsborough Gallery of Arts welcomes two new members, Ian Herdell and Pete Rodrigues. Both are woodworkers that create unique furniture and wall art.
Most of my work is made from solid North American hardwoods, although I also use shop cut veneers on some projects. I love to create furniture and art with tangible functionality and down to earth beauty. I am inspired by the beauty and structure of forms found in nature and I try to bring some small piece of that into my designs. I find that each tree has a story to tell, a snapshot into its unique life. My designs incorporate and harness the knots, splits, rot, spalting, special grain and sculpting done by insects, wind and weather. At times I also highlight these “imperfections” with inlaid shells and stone to bring more attention to them. This approach combined with exceptional craftsmanship allows me to create timeless, beautiful work for any space.
For me creating furniture as an art form is a process of visualizing what is possible, designing, building, and then letting it be used as function, as much as form. Over the years, I have continued to grow in this process. In some ways it has been more of a personal growth, rather than professional. I see us all like a piece of wood with our own cracks, twist, bows and rough cut edges. However, when put into the hands of the master craftsman, the wood can be turned into something beautiful.
Along the way I picked up a quote from the late furniture maker, Sam Maloof.
“Too often we who design things take all credit for what we do and if we have any kind of success we become very smug and conceited about it. I think all one has to do is look at a beautiful flower, a tree, or whatever, and realize what we do is very insignificant. We are only the instruments who make these beautiful objects.”
It has taken me a while to realize, it’s a lot easier being the instrument, then the master craftsmen!
FROGSVIEWEDASGOODLUCK: In many cultures, frogs are a symbol of good luck and abundance, partly due to the very large number of eggs it lays at one time. In Rome, the frog was a mascot believed to bring good luck to the home. In Ireland, the frog is considered a relative of the leprechaun and capable of playing tricks on you when least expected. In Australia, the Aborigines believed that frogs brought the thunder and rain, to help the plants grow. It’s easy to understand that idea as in actuality, frogs usually bury beneath the earth and come out in large numbers when it rains to quickly lay their eggs.
In that same vein, the Celts believed the frog represented curative or healing powers because of its connection with water and cleansing rains.
The three-legged toad from China is the traditional pet of the immortal Liu Hai, who is the Chinese god of wealth. In Japan, sea-farers wore frog amulets when traveling across the river for a safe return. The word for frog in Japanese is ‘kaeru’ meaning ‘return’.
< ARTWORKBYNANCYSMITH. Is presently in the show INTANGIBLES. Available for purchase here: NANCY SMITH’S frogs.
INTROTODECORATING Whether you live in a cozy apartment, suburban home, cottage by the sea, or cabin in the mountains, your living room creates a lasting impression for all who enter. More importantly, it makes you comfortable. It sets the mood for the home and should be a reflection of the your personal taste. How to begin?
STEP 1: Visit an art gallery and buy the work of art that speaks to you. Art is literacy of the heart. It is functional. You will use it every single day. Every time you look at it, it will lift your spirits.
COLORS: From that painting, pull your color scheme for accent cushions, rugs and throws.
LIGHTING: Lighting can either make or break a room. It can either make it look too dark and dingy or too bright and sterile. For a living room, aim for warm and cosy lighting and use it to highlight features. For a modern living room, sites like www.neonfilter.com can provide amazing lighting to really set the mood.
THEME: If that painting moved you, obviously it will make you happy when you live with it. Accent pillows, rugs, curtains can all reflect colors taken from your painting. Look at these three takes on the same room. See how the art changes the mood. If you’re part of a particularly patriotic family, you may want various pieces of Americana around the room to reflect this fact. You can continue this theme outside and boost your curb appeal by installing a flagpole. When selecting one, you’ll have to think about which height of flagpole works best for your home.
Locally, a wonderful gallery to view art (and the pieces used above) is the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, 121 N. Churton St., Hillsborough, NC 27278. Click on images to visit website.
Jeweler Nell Chandler was inspired by the title. “I thought of the different surfaces I have used in my work and the new techniques and surfaces I have been inspired to try with each annual show. It also represents how we have spent more than a year in a weird and different universe and how we don’t even know the way our lives will be “Resurfaced” once we truly head back in. I found myself revisiting previous surface techniques on my jewelry and for fun I created a couple of paintings on the subject of resurfacing our lives that I’m calling Going Back In.”
For potter Evelyn Ward this past year has been full of changes. “Last fall I underwent brain surgery to deal with a painful facial nerve condition. I am happy to report that the surgery was successful.” Working with clay kept her grounded. “My time in the studio, with its familiar daily rituals, was a refuge and helped to center and keep me focused on the work. Since returning to the studio in February, I feel like I’m resurfacing from those dark, murky waters. My head is clearing, the pain is gone, and I have renewed energy. I am still working with monoprinting but I have been experimenting with layering underglazes and find myself drawn to more subdued colors. I feel like the new work is quieter, using layers to build up a more complex surface.”
For painter Michele Yellin “This past year, during the pandemic, time has stood still. And yet somehow moved on. I lost my mother this year for the third time. First, I lost her to her advancing dementia, then to the lockdown, and finally to her death from Covid-19. I mourn. I paint. I think. I paint. I remember. I paint. I dream. I mourn. I paint. I resurface, back to the light, and I paint.”
Resurface will run both online and in the gallery from May 28 through June 20.
ONLINE opening: May 28th, 12 Noon. CLICKIMAGETOVISITONLINEOPENING.
GALLERY Opening Reception: Friday, May 28th, 6–9 pm.
Jeweler Arianna Bara, wood sculptor Larry Favorite and painter Eduardo Lapetina have spent the pandemic thinking about their relationship to the world and their art. This new show is the result of all the time alone in the studio.
For jeweler Arianna Bara the events of these days, filled with both worry and hope, have led to a sense of wonder. “As my world has shrunk, I spend time exploring the smallest worlds I have access to and find a universe in the land of mosses and lichens in the woods, to the bright greens, the textures, the variety of leaves and tendrils. That excitement carries over to the natural beauty found in fossils and stones like Australian boulder opals, which begin as rivers of silica flowing through channels in rock and become beautifully unpredictable in the variety and intensities of their colors. In creating jewelry with these fruits of the earth I hope to communicate that same wonder to the wearer.”
For wood sculptor Larry Favorite this has been an extraordinary year. “Due to the pandemic, I have spent long days in my studio, with only a pile of desert ironwood, tiny bits of turquoise, sheets of sterling silver, and my imagination to keep me company. To produce a finished piece of art I must slow down my breathing, narrow my field of vision and steady my hands. As a result, making my art has the capacity to calm both my body and my mind. These pieces highlight the enduring quality of ironwood, enhanced by a combination of flowing abstract designs and simple images drawn from nature. They are meant to communicate a sense of familiarity, reassurance, and healing. I hope you are as calmed by looking at these pieces as I was by making them.”
Painter Eduardo Lapetina writes: “Forced by the pandemic, I was in isolation, mostly working in my studio. It was an opportunity to connect with the outside world through my paintings. I wanted the present work to be the catalyst to rethink the significance of our future and to stimulate ideas and dialogue. To have a fresh outlook with an explosion of vibrant colors, impactful textures and messages of hope. I want my journey in art to be a natural orchestration of my experiences and emotions.”
Read about how the upcoming exhibit SHARETHELOVE came to be.
Hindsight is 20/20. And so we are all glad to see 2020 leave us and move on to a kinder and gentler 2021, hopefully. We have witnessed the best of people and the worst of people.
One of the best are all the health care workers, 1st responders, workers and volunteers that have risked their lives to save lives. With so many job losses, more persons are needing the basics to keep them and their families healthy. One place that has done a miraculous job of feeding people in need are the Food Pantries. They have done it with the support of donations.
The membership, volunteers, and staff of OCIM are committed to providing a helping hand to those in our community in a crisis situation. And so, as a local art gallery, we decided to donate 50% of our sales in our January Art exhibit, SHARETHELOVE, to the Food Pantry.
When thinking of ways to decorate a home, art is a great way to show off your personal style, while adding a touch of luxury to any room. Remember anyone can go out and purchase prints, however, not everyone knows how to make the most of these pieces. Make your home stand out and have your home express your loves, by utilizing art throughout your home that reflects you. Designers share these five ways to incorporate art make your home be your personal space.
1. FINDWORKTHATSPEAKSTOYOU. It doesn’t have to match the color of your sofa. You can always pick out colors from the painting for pillows to complement the sofa.
More can be better. Hang in a grouping.
3. ISTHERE A PARTICULARARTISTWHOSEWORKRESONATESWITHYOU?
Hang one artist’s pieces together for an impact statement.
4.LITTLEWALLSPACE?? How about leaning a painting on the mantle against the wall, or on the floor?
Just a few ideas. And where to buy art? Seek out your local art galleries, especially those owned and operated by local artists, and art councils. Art Councils are wonderful places to find local artists work.
ARTISFUNCTIONAL. It lifts your spirits every day.
Looking for an easy way to do it? Hang a large landscape painting in the room. Give the illusion of space with a landscape painting that has a distant horizon. It will become your focal point and if you are in the mood to change your environment, you can use the colors in the artwork to determine your wall colors, accent pillows etc.
Art lifts our spirits each time we look at it. Lift your spirits by taking a trip to your local art galleries. Buy local. Support your local economy and your local artists.
Or, you can make a vignette in a corner by mixing sculptures, pottery and framed small paintings. Bring together small tables of varying sizes or cubes to place your special artworks, and placing them next to a seating arrangement or in a corner.
Use the windowsill for display of small paintings or sculptures.
When hanging art, if the artwork is heavy, hang with 2 picture hanging hooks 4″ apart. This shares the weight.
Consider the height that you hang single artworks. They are best hung at eye level, which averages 60″. To do this you measure up from the floor 60″ and that is where the center of the picture should hang. FORMULA: Divide the height of the frame by two; from that number, then subtract the distance from the top of the frame to the hangingwire; add this number to the 60″ mark and and mark where the bottom of the picture hanging hook should be.
All art is better hung with picture hanging hooks rather than nails or screws, as it helps distribute the weight.
Hang smaller artworks in groupings of varied sizes.
If a painting is very small, frame it with a large double mat before hanging on the wall.
If you have a mantle, consider just leaning it against the wall rather than hanging it.
Lolette Guthrie is a landscape painter who works mostly from memory. “Nature is the external substance in my work; nuance of color that evokes an emotion is the interior substance. While I sometimes work in pastels, I am primarily an oil painter. Regardless of the medium, however, resonant color is the core of my process. I love to juxtapose luminous passages of saturated color with more muted tones combining layers of opaque color with transparent glazes. I find that by varying the thickness of the paint and applying many layers of glaze I can achieve a sense of luminosity and hopefully an awareness of the light in the air, something I am eternally trying to capture.”
“At times my work is pared down representation; at times it is abstract. Regardless of the genre, each piece begins with a loose idea that evolves gradually and intuitively. At some point I always lose myself in the process. Then the painting takes on a life of its own and I become aware that the canvas that is telling me what to do.”
Raised in a household filled with art, I have been painting for as long as I can remember. My father was a fine artist and commercial illustrator and my earliest memories are of standing beside him at his easel watching him work and asking questions, and of “working” near him. He often asked for my advice, seemed to take whatever I had to say seriously and urged me to explore my own artistic interests, however, he actively discouraged me from pursuing art as a career. I, therefore, majored in psychology and art history in college and worked for many years as an elementary school teacher but I never stopped drawing and painting. Eventually, I returned to school to study art and received a BS in drawing and painting from the University of Wisconsin in 1984.
Prior to moving to North Carolina in 2004, I exhibited widely in both juried and invitational exhibitions in Wisconsin, Washington, DC, Virginia, Maryland and Georgia including such prestigious galleries as the University of Wisconsin, The Milwaukee Museum of Art’s Bradley Gallery, the Cardinal Gallery of Art, Annapolis, MD and the Goodyear Cottage Art Gallery, Jekyll Island, GA. I was also Artist in Residence at Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria, Virginia for 8 years where I was fortunate to have had several solo shows.
This last Friday in May, 2019, I will be featured in the show, BEINTOUCH, with Garry Childs and Pat Merriman. For this show, I was inspired by the role of Shamans who, for as long as time remembers, have worked to negotiate life-giving harmony to all things in the environment. Their belief is expressed in the Native American quote, ” We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” As caretakers of this planet, it seems to me we have much to learn from nature if we just be quiet, observe and listen.
When I am hiking along a trail, seated on a deck looking out over waves of blue and purple mountains, sitting with my dog, kayaking through marshes or just walking in my yard being astonished at the array of shades of yellow daffodils blooming in places I didn’t even plant them, I become present in nature. It’s a calming and stress-relieving feeling to be in touch with nature.
In my artwork, I create my impressions and remembrances of the feelings I had when alone with nature. My landscape paintings, aren’t recreations of the scenes, but rather an expression of the emotions I had while communing with nature. My copper sculptural works are symbolic representations of Native American spirit guides, particularly healing guides that help with balancing our spiritual, emotional and physical health. The encaustics, nature in theme, play on the theme ‘Be in Touch’, being very textural.
Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better. – Albert Einstein
< Left: Top — Sunscape, center — the Crow Saith, Bottom — Bodhi Beleaf