January 17th – March 1st, 2014
Opening Reception Friday, January 17th 5:30-8:30pm
Artists: Susan Livingston, Robert Farrell, Terri Kern, Brenda Tarbell, Mitch Lyons, Henry Gernhardt and Marilyn Endres
Each artist in the “Earthworks” exhibit has made a personal commitment to their medium and pursues a high standard of excellence, originality and ethics in their work. Bound by the uniqueness of the presence of silica in all the mediums (glass, silver and clay), there is also a binding thread of heart and spirit throughout the exhibition. Susan Livingston, the curator of “Earthworks”, has chosen seven artists who bring very different interpretations of nature which, when combined, create a very visually moving experience.
Susan Livingston- Susan began her art career as a painter but clay became the medium which truly inspired her. Her most recent work combines clay with fossils which feels like a natural pairing of organic materials.
Robert Farrell- Robert’s barns and silos are constructed from sterling silver, copper, nickel, and glass enamels! While his work is about his memories, childhood and places he has lived, he strives to evoke emotional responses and interactions with the viewer.
Terri Kern- Terri’s ceramic work is reflective of her struggle to maintain balance in her creative, personal and community lives and are filled with imagery and hidden meanings. Trees and leaves stand for compromise and change, pencils point to the presence of creativity and snakes signify forgiveness (they shed their skins and start anew).
Henry Gernhardt- Henry is a dedicated artist/potter whose work takes a strong sculptural direction. Working in massive scale, he delights the viewers with his use of subtle color.
Marilyn Endres– The intricate patterns in Marilyn’s wooden vessels are created by gluing thousands of separate segments accurately into position, a layer at a time, then refining the shape on the lathe. Using only the natural colors of the woods, she then finishes her pieces with tung oil. She also inlays hammered metals with European glass beads.
Mitch Lyons- Since 1968 Mitch has been pioneering his image making on clay. Colored slips, made using China clay and permanent pigments, are brushed on, dried and rolled into the clay slab, one color over another, building the design with images, colors and textures on the “matrix”.
Brenda Tarbell- Ceramic artist Brenda Tarbell looks at the wonders of nature at the microscopic level, creating forms inspired by microphotographs of pollen, butterfly eggs, and seeds. Strange and wonderful creatures from under the oceans are also brought to light in their work, carefully sculpted to reveal the colors and textures of marine life.
Admission is always free
Second Saturday Artwalk 10am-8:30pm