This is our online Featured Show. Of course we all miss attending the Last Friday celebrations in Hillsborough, and we look forward to doing them again later this year. But our artists are still creating new art and this Featured Show opening online on Friday, August 28th, brings exciting new works by Lolette Guthrie, Marcy Lansman and Pringle Teetor.
The paintings of LOLETTE GUTHRIE’S are depictions of her memories of coastal North Carolina. “As I now shelter in place, I enjoy remembering the beauty of the landscape, the space, the light, the atmosphere, the weather.
I begin every painting with a general idea of time and place and then I let it tell me where and how far to go. While I sometimes look at photos to get a starting point, I find myself seeing and feeling what I want to paintin my mind’s eye putting down on canvas what I remember.I amnever sure of the end result because at some point eachpainting takes on a life of its own, anexperience both exhilarating and, at times, confusing. Long interest in composition, color relationships and the edges of a piece, has led me to create a series of abstractions of the coastal sky by itself.
I am enjoying seeing if I can make pieces without any foreground at all that will still evoke a sense weather, time of day, temperature and beauty. While all my work is outside the lines in that it’s primarily derived from memory, these abstractions truly are in every sense.”
MARCYLANSMAN has this to say about her show’s new works. “What’s new about my work for this show? Everything! I’ve never done landscapes before. I’ve never used the palette knife before. And I’ve never considered myself an impressionist.
This past fall, just for the fun of it, took a course in palette knife painting. The technique grabbed hold of me. It demanded that I let go of all attempts a precision. (Hence, “Outside the Lines.”) And it was particularly suited to capturing the sparkling fall colors I was seeing outside. Now, during the social isolation imposed by Covid19, morning walks in the woods have been my escape. During the rest of the day, while we have been shut up in our apartment, I have continued to use the palette knife to paint the scenes I see during my morning walks. I hope you enjoy the results.”
PRINGLETEETOR states that this past year for me was very much “Outside theLines”. In August of 2019, she had surgery to repair major wear and tears to my shoulder and bicep.
“I knew that a full recovery would take a year but that I would be able to work on small things by December, and hopefully larger things by March, as long as I had help. In January and February, we rebuilt our furnace, which we usually do in August. We finally went hot in late March. Then Covid hit. Alas, working from home and socially distancing is not possible for glassblowing! Fortunately, I was able to make fused pieces and jewelry at home during the shutdown to keep my mind going in the right direction.
Before we turned off the furnace for repairs in January, I had fun in the studio using my multicolored, glow in the dark murrini I make to create my “Dauphin Island Sea Pods”, but in a new sculptural way. Many of the pieces are not encased and are very tactile, viewable from all angles. Once I was back in the studio when things started opening up, I felt like I was learning to blow glass all over again! I carefully made a few pieces by myself but I did not want to risk re-injury before I was 100%. I then switched to making tumblers and sun catchers, which I knew I could do alone. Tumblers are a lot like playing scales on the piano for practice and it was just what I needed. Fun funky tumblers, no two are alike but all are handmade. Sun catchers for your windows to sparkle in the sunlight. We are now spending so much time at home, why not add a little color to your life. Let’s all hope for a healthy 2021to everyone!”