Read what a few of our members have to say about the exhibit.
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, May 29th, brings exciting new works.
Chris Graebner states her work goes back and forth between botanical and non-botanical subjects, often based on her travels. ” I find I enjoy traveling most in retrospect, and painting is a big part of the reason for that. Going through my photos and choosing ones that evoke a particular time and place helps me to recall a place more deeply. The paintings in this show are of places, foreign and domestic, that Brooks and I visited in the last eight years. Brooks keeps a daily travel journal, but I’m not that organized. I rely on the date and place stamps on my photos, knowing that as with most technology, they are rather ephemeral. My paintings are my memoirs.”
Michael Salemi remark, “usually, woodturners behave like sculptors – they remove the wood that “doesn’t belong” to reveal a pleasing shape. But for this show, I have new pieces that are ‘constructive.” I make turning blanks by casting epoxy resin around interesting pieces of wood and turn those blanks with an eye toward creating beautiful margins between the epoxy and the wood. The resulting pieces can be bowl forms, plates, vases, boxes or wall hangings. This new turning program allows me to create color contrasts between the natural colors of the woods I use and the epoxy. I especially like contrasting the dark browns of California Manzanita with sea green and blue.
Jason Smith’s is an award winning sculptor whose pieces are collected both domestically and internationally. “I draw my inspiration from nature with an emphasis on abstract and Asian inspired designs.These designs create visual balance using rhythm, action and movement, combine to create compositions that convey the implied energy found in my work.”