Featured Art Exhibit:
jan 27th — feb 23
RECEPTION Friday, Jan 31st,
6:00 — 9:00 pm
The theme for HGA’s January group show is “Green,” and the member artists are taking that in many different directions. Here’s a few artists’ comments.
Lynn Wartski’s figurative sculpture is constructed from locally sourced wool roving purchased directly from a local farmer. Additional parts of the figure were created from recycled quilt batting and dryer lint!
Susan Hope feels that going “Green” means more than just reusing, repurposing and recycling objects. It means developing a lifestyle of being practical, mindful and finding multiple uses for things that, in our culture, are ‘single-use’ items. As a glass artist she has been finding ways to give discarded glass windows, mirrors and bottles a new life. There is never a shortage of this type of ‘raw’ material. By carefully cleaning and kiln working the crumbs of tempered glass I have created useable, food safe, bowls and platters as well as unique works of art. Glass on glass mosaics incorporate old window sashes and glass, mirrors add a bit of glitz and bottles are made into dishes and planters. Says Hope, “Matter cannot be created or destroyed…it just changes form. That’s my definition of ‘green.’”
Jude Lobe’s artworks have grown out of her awe and respect for the natural environment, so it was natural for her to choose something from nature for her artwork. “When considering what to create for this exhibit, I contemplated what the color green symbolized. It’s a color of renewal, nature and the environment. The conservation green movement speaks to concerns about global degradation of the environment, referring to green as a color of balance and growth. Looking at the color relaxes you and promotes feelings of creativity. It’s a symbol of spring and resurrection. In college I had an inspirational English teacher who wrote a haiku and read it to us. I never forgot it, so for this exhibit, I chose to create a sculpture of the imagery. Here is Tom Grady’s haiku:
as it sees its reflection
on the frog’s wet tongue.
Linda Carmel’s painting for the show Green explores the effect of trash on the environment. Carmel paints a heavily textured surface that she encourages viewers to touch. In her painting the natural landscape is composed of discarded items. The “pebbles” in the river bed are actually bottle tops and the river banks are made of discarded metal. Carmel is very concerned about the damage that we are doing to our planet. “I am hoping that we can stop choking our air and water with pollutants and make our planet green again.”