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
Woodturner, Michael Salemi, writes of his new work: “Whispers and echoes—small sounds with reverberations that are heard again and again. This is an apt metaphor for my recent work. Of late, I am focusing on making subtle changes in form, color and material that I hope resonate throughout my work. In some work my echoes are literal—repeating patterns within a piece or throughout a group of pieces. In other pieces, the echoes are figurative as I attempt to incorporate design features that I have learned from others. Whispers are, of their nature, quiet. I like to think that my work quietly conveys a sense of balance and peace. I prefer understated decoration that whispers rather than shouts.”
IT’S ALLABOUTTHESTORY: Behind the Scenes, by Elizabeth Keckley
The Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, an artist-owned and operated gallery in downtown Hillsborough, NC, presents the seventh annual featured show, It’s All About the Story. Each year gallery members choose a local author and book or story collection to respond to in their own medium. Previous authors include Michael Malone, Jill McCorkle, Lee Smith, Allan Gurganus, John Bemis, and Nancy Peacock. This year the artists have selected a work by a person who plays a very significant role in the history of Hillsborough, Elizabeth Keckley. Her memoir, Behind the Scenes, or Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House, describes her remarkable journey from slavery in Hillsborough to freedom as an accomplished dressmaker and confidante of Mary Todd Lincoln. Each piece in the group show, It’s All About the Story, is inspired by Keckley’s inspiring book. The show runs from February 1st–February 20th.
Reception February 10 3–4:30
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The 22 members of the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts come together to present work that is different in medium, but equal in price. The pieces range from paintings to glass, fabric to pottery, and metal to wood. The common thread: everything is $100. The show runs from January 22nd through February 18th, 2018.