Featured Art Exhibit:
GLIMMER TO SPARK
mar 27 — apr 23
Jeweler Arianna Bara has a number of work tables in her studio, each for a different part of the jewelry making process. There is a table full of stones, a design table, a soldering table, and a work bench for sawing, shaping and finishing pieces. However, it’s the first table where she selects the stones for each piece that most excites her. “When I am about to start a new piece sometimes my ideas are largely complete, perhaps I know what shape I’d like to make but just need to select the right stones. Other times I enter my studio with no plan whatsoever — and that is the most exhilarating time” says Bara. “Opals, agates, moonstones, labradorite, onyx, azurite, fossils, stones of every color and shape fill the table, and as the sunlight comes in the window, I mix and match, constantly experimenting, spurred on by more ideas. I notice the interplay of colors, shapes, textures, sizes and weights. The more I move things around the more excited I become as the stones interact in unexpected ways. My imagination is spurred by what I see, what I feel and what I know about the folklore surrounding stones. As my ideas coalesce and stones come together the “Glimmer” becomes the “Spark”.
Painter Eduardo Lapetina describes his creative process this way. “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. And it is not about any particular theme or motif, it is about effectively conveying the immaterial through materiality. My aim is to project energy, visual vibrations, light, voices, excitement, and enthusiasm, captured in a physical form that you can take home with you.”
For photographer and digital artist Eric Saunders the show’s title is a description of the beginnings of a creative process. “Digital art” is his term for digital changes to an image which go beyond adjusting focus, contrast, density, and color balance, to actually change the elements of the image, and to enhance the interest or the effectiveness of the compositional structure.
Says Saunders “When I photograph images, I am usually inspired by unusual abstract patterns of light, color, and tone, which are found in nature and in human artifacts. I then try to incorporate these patterns into compositional structures, so that the resulting image is accessible and compelling to the viewer.”