Featured Exhibit

Read what our fea­tured artists say about their work in the Fea­tured Art Exhib­it, Com­mon Ground:

jul 23 — aug 26
OPENING RECEPTION,  Fri­day, July 27th, 6 — 9 pm

Four dis­tinct artists come togeth­er to express them­selves each in a dif­fer­ent tech­niques and styles but find com­mon ground in what moti­vates them to cre­ate.

The paint­ings of Lin­da Carmel cel­e­brate women and what they do every day to sta­bi­lize and sup­port fam­i­ly and com­mu­ni­ty. Her work points us toward a world in which women can take the lead in find­ing com­mon ground, mov­ing us away from this time of polar­iza­tion, per­il and uncer­tain­ty. Carmel writes, “We can see things hap­pen­ing that might point the way for our coun­try. Record num­bers of women are run­ning for office in this year’s elec­tions. The most effec­tive chal­lenge to the NRA is being led by ado­les­cents who are furi­ous at the adult world’s valu­ing assault rifles over their lives.”

Lin­da Carmel’s paint­ings in this show reflect her thoughts on the cur­rent predica­ment Amer­i­can soci­ety is fac­ing. “My work illu­mi­nates how women can help heal a torn com­mu­ni­ty. This series points toward a time of com­pas­sion for all of human­i­ty and a respect for the Earth. With a pos­i­tive atti­tude and with humor, I offer my per­spec­tive to the view­er.” Carmel adds, “My paint­ings have sculpt­ed sur­faces. You can actu­al­ly feel the peaks and val­leys that add nuance to the imagery.  I encour­age peo­ple to touch these can­vass­es so that they can con­nect with the themes on a deep­er lev­el.”

Jew­el­ry artist, Nell Chan­dler men­tions when they first decid­ed to call our show Com­mon Ground, “I asso­ci­at­ed the title with us: four women.  As artists we def­i­nite­ly share a com­mon sen­si­bil­i­ty. We are kin­dred spir­its. I then turned to the work that I would cre­ate for our show and I felt inspired by my friends to dig deep­er into new tech­niques that I’d learned in recent years such as etched met­al impres­sions on poly­mer clay, pris­ma col­ored pen­cils on cop­per, and torch enam­el­ing. I real­ized that I want­ed to push myself to try to com­bine these tech­niques to make jew­el­ry that reflect­ed the com­mon ground of these seem­ing­ly dif­fer­ent styles.”

Eve­lyn Ward is show­ing a selec­tion of her twice-fired stoneware pot­tery; the dec­o­ra­tion inte­grates rep­re­sen­ta­tions of local native plants. Ward writes: “I enjoy mak­ing good, use­ful pots that some­one will enjoy using every day.” Her process for cre­at­ing them is far from sim­ple. Each piece pass­es through a labor inten­sive salt fir­ing, and then a sec­ond elec­tric kiln fir­ing, which fas­tens ceram­ic decals of del­i­cate plant draw­ings or pho­tographs into place, and results in sepia-toned stud­ies of seed pods or leaves con­trast­ed against a rich, salt-glazed back­ground.

Painter, Michele Yellin writes, “In life, what inter­ests me most is find­ing a space where I can have a meet­ing of the minds and hearts with oth­ers. Some­times I think that it is not unusu­al to feel iso­lat­ed and alien­at­ed. With a lit­tle effort, it is easy to con­nect with oth­ers and share what we have in com­mon — our dreams, our hopes, our lives and our val­ues.

The same is true for my art­work. I cre­ate work as an expres­sion of my own inner and out­er life. Once I put it out in the world, I am inter­est­ed in oth­er peo­ple con­nect­ing with, and find­ing that what I paint, is part of their lives as well. My paint­ings evolve organ­i­cal­ly. I start by lay­ing down tex­ture and col­or to cre­ate a loose abstract field. The tex­tures and col­ors sug­gest shapes and spaces, much like clouds cre­at­ing shapes in the sky. Every­thing and any­thing is on that can­vas, wait­ing to be found. I draw what I see, and begin paint­ing. Some things stay, oth­ers are paint­ed over, devel­op­ing paint­ings that have many lay­ers. Through this process, the paint­ing begins to tell a sto­ry. It is how I dis­cov­er and reveal my inner life.”



 Video of JASON SMITH’S com­mis­sioned work at Berlin, Mary­land