Of Heaven, Earth and Sea features the work of three artists who seek to capture the world in their art.
Inspired by the heavens, Marion Wilner’s drawings, paintings and prints explore the intersection of art and science. Her pieces seek answers to large questions about our place in the cosmos. In her words, “Making art out of sunspots, red shifts, supernovas, black holes and quantum mechanics requires the same faith in the unknown. As an artist I use the tools of color, composition, line and design to explore and visualize the world science discovers.”
Fran Leyenberger’s pottery is inspired by the architecture of Newport RI. She captures famous buildings and scenes of Newport in her works, including artwork that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Newport-Pell bridge.
John Middleton completes the theme of this show with his focus on how the seas affect nautical debris. He transforms found objects from the shoreline and forms them into works that “...call attention to the dignity, beauty and uniqueness of their transformations while offering them the opportunity to tell their stories.”
Fran Alford Leyenberger is originally a native of Newport, RI. She attended The College of William and Mary and has been working in clay for over 45 years. “I have been experimenting with Raku pottery for over 30 years and continue to discover new techniques and options with every ﬁring. Currently I’m inspired by the beautiful architecture locally, and am working on pieces capturing some of the famous buildings and scenes of Newport and one of a kind porcelain cremation urns. A Newport-Pell Bridge 50th Anniversary vase is part of the new collection.
Fran’s work can currently be seen at:
Show of Hands Gallery, Philadelphia, PA;
James A. Michener Museum Gift Shop, Doylestown, PA;
Yardley Jewelers and Touchstone Gallery, Yardley, PA;
DeBlois Gallery, Middletown, RI.
My work for this show, Of Heaven, Earth and Sea, focuses on the intersection of art and science. Today, radio waves, infrared, ultraviolet, x-ray, and gamma ray astronomy still seek to reveal the invisible world just as Galileo revealed the visible universe.
Through drawings, paintings and prints I am asking the same questions as previous generations asked about our origins, our environment and our place in the cosmic scheme of matter and life. What caused the universe to come into being? How did reality and time emerge out of nothing? We long to be part of the infinite as we search for systems and patterns.
Making art out of sunspots, red shifts, supernovas, black holes and quantum mechanics requires the same faith in the unknown.
Theoretical physicists build their theories on mathematics, logic and esthetics. As an artist I use the tools of color, composition, line and design to explore and visualize the world science discovers.
Time, tides, wind, storms, marine organisms, and the sun transform objects that are lost or discarded in the water in ways that can render them strange and beautiful. Accidents and hurricanes break up boats. Their parts, once clean and functional, are scraped and scoured into new forms that obscure their original history. Paint weathers and fades, leaving behind only hints at what it used to be. Metals rust and develop patinas. Glass shatters; sharp corners are smoothed away; surfaces cloud. Worms drill and colonize wood and bone. Things change and change again. My purpose is to collect these objects along the shoreline and to bring them together in works that call attention to the dignity, beauty, and uniqueness of their transformations while offering them the opportunity to tell their stories.