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this month’s Featured Art Exhibit:

Read about the upcom­ing exhib­it the SWEET IMPOSSIBLE BLOSSOMS show.

The Hills­bor­ough Gallery of Arts presents
MAKE ROOM FOR JOY, a show of new work by Susan Hope, Alice Levin­son  and Jude Lobe.  

[RE-CON-STRUC-TION]: the process of reassem­bling after a thing has been decon­struct­ed or bro­ken down. That is what Susan Hope has done in cre­at­ing the art­works for this show. “I’ve bro­ken pieces of col­ored glass and fired them togeth­er to become sheets that are then bro­ken up, sort­ed and fired again to become images with depth and beau­ty that one lay­er alone can nev­er achieve. In the heat of the kiln, under the pres­sure of grav­i­ty the bro­ken glass becomes again a beau­ti­ful and sta­ble struc­ture.

In mak­ing these pieces I was remind­ed that bro­ken­ness is not an end­ing if there is a will­ing­ness to learn, yield and change. It isn’t an odd tech­nique real­ly, it is how Life changes us. Applied to our per­son­al lives or to our world at large, we can be encour­aged that the bro­ken­ness, pres­sure, and sift­ing we encounter will pro­duce a glo­ri­ous trans­for­ma­tion if we trust in the process with an open heart and make room for Joy.”

Tex­tile artist Alice Levin­son says about the work she’s pre­sent­ing in the cur­rent show: “In 2010 I returned to art-mak­ing after a two year hia­tus fol­low­ing a house fire which destroyed my home and stu­dio.  With that first work I reclaimed the joy I expe­ri­ence when cre­ative curios­i­ty mar­ries with the work of my hands, when my inner world is freed to ‘speak’ through my art-mak­ing.  I think of my work as ‘sewn poems’, as nar­ra­tive and feel­ing find a voice in cloth. The work pre­sent­ed here is based on that ear­li­er work. Sev­er­al of the pieces are built from the rem­nants of oth­ers. The jux­ta­po­si­tion of pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive spaces, shad­ow and form, sig­ni­fy the expe­ri­ence of loss and re-equi­li­bra­tion, tran­si­tion and change, which are con­stants in our human expe­ri­ence.”

Jude Lobe says  the “with all the neg­a­tives of the last two years, rather than dwelling on what we are miss­ing, we need to Make Room For Joy. My joy is begin­ning each day with a cup of cof­fee in the morn­ing lis­ten­ing to the birds singing. Once I am ful­ly awake, I head to the stu­dio that is filled with my toys; Enam­el­ing kiln, pot­tery kiln, cop­per, clay, pot­ters wheel paints, encaus­tics, things I find on walks, and that’s just some of the toys that awak­en my inspi­ra­tion. When I get to the stu­dio, some of the items call out to me. That’s when I set to work. I may or may not have an idea right away, so I begin play­ing around with the items that scream the loud­est that day. If we should begin to con­cen­trate on the joy by sur­round­ing our­selves with peo­ple, events and things that make us hap­py, my stu­dio and all that is in it is one of my favorite joys.” 

EDUARDO LAPETINA: Forced by the virus and con­sid­er­ing my age and my autoim­mune con­di­tions, I had a pause in our inces­sant life trav­el­ing. I was in com­plete iso­la­tion and most­ly work­ing in my stu­dio. It was an oppor­tu­ni­ty to con­nect withthe out­side world through my paint­ings. I want­ed the present work to be the cat­a­lyst to rethink the sig­nif­i­cance of our future and to stim­u­late ideas and dia­logue. To have a fresh out­look with an explo­sion of vibrant col­ors, impact­ful tex­tures and mes­sages of hope.I also want­ed to inter­pret col­or as a tan­gi­ble form, yet simul­ta­ne­ous­ly retain a dichoto­my of flu­id­i­ty giv­ing way to shift­ing pat­terns mir­ror­ing a har­mo­ny res­onat­ing with emo­tion­al feel­ing.I want my jour­ney in art to be a nat­ur­al orches­tra­tion of my expe­ri­ences and emo­tion.

PETE RODRIGUES: Art, the expres­sion of cre­ative skill and imag­i­na­tion, is what I’ve been inspired to dis­play with­in the Inter­con­nect­ed Visions Show. One finds skill through the way in which my pieces are con­struct­ed and dis­cov­ers imag­i­na­tion by the design and unique­ness of each piece.I’ve been fea­tured three times in Fine Wood­work­ing mag­a­zine dur­ing my career as a fur­ni­ture mak­er. It has been an hon­or to share with oth­er nation­al wood­work­ers some of what I can imag­ine as pos­si­ble. Now, as a new mem­ber of the Hills­bor­oughGallery of Arts, I’m excit­ed to do the same for those who vis­it the gallery! My pieces in this show dis­play a mix­ture of wood tones, curves and angles to cre­ate func­tion­al pieces of fur­ni­ture to be enjoyed by you and future gen­er­a­tions. The gallery is open! Come, vis­it and explore that which is pos­si­ble through the imag­i­na­tion of the indi­vid­ual artist who come togeth­er as Hills­bor­ough Gallery of Arts. I feel blessed to be a part of this group!

LYNN WARTSKI: My work con­tin­ues to be cen­tered on anthro­po­mor­phic fig­ure pieces that I’ve creat­ed pri­mar­i­ly out of nee­dle felt­ed wool over wire and quilt bat­ting arma­ture cre­ate. I’ve found that increas­ing­ly chal­lenge myself to imbue these fig­ures with their human-like char­ac­ter­is­tics as min­i­mal­ly as pos­si­ble. strive to have the ges­ture and expres­sion of the ani­mal tell the sto­ry rather than sim­ply hav­ing them dressed up in cloth­ing. con­stant­ly look to evoke a sensof won­der, tell sto­ry, or offer bit of humor. My work is most often light­heart­ed, but occa­sion­al­ly my ani­mal cre­ations have bit more to say. I always enjoy when view­ers step in clos­er to take in the small details hat add to each sculp­ture. This year will also have few wet-felt­ed pieces added in with my sculp­tures. These works will include some more func­tion­al offer­ings such as ves­sels and bags.



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