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JUNE 1 to JUNE 30, 2019
ROOTED in NATURE and HUMANITY

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DeBlois Gallery presents: “Rooted in Nature and Humanity.” The show features works by three artists, all of whom share a common bond with the natural world. A passion for nature comes to the forefront in their artwork. Sculptor Neal Personeus’ works are comprised almost entirely with found materials, creating intricate driftwood landscapes crafted from the flotsam and jetsam of Cape Cod. Working in 3D, artist Roland Lavoie visualizes his creations within fallen trees and logs. Through the process of hand-carving these pieces, Lavoie creates exquisite, functional, one-of-a-kind bowls and centerpieces. Jason Smith’s paintings are rooted in the mysticism and mythology of ancient cultures. In his work, Smith employs rich backgrounds and complex stippling patterns.


Roland Lavoie

Roland LavoieArtist, Roland O. Lavoie, is a native Rhode Islander with local roots. Once an avid bicyclist, a biking accident left him injured and sidelined. Boredom and a strong wish to remain active, led Roland to dust off his old lathe and he turned to the "turning" process for fulfillment. A former furniture maker with a degree in fine arts, Roland was well suited to this creative endeavor. Today, 95% of Roland's work is sold as functional art - salad bowls, nesting bowls and centerpieces; finished with a food safe tung oil. Roland's bowls are used for a whole host of things like candy, potpourri and flowers. All of Roland's pieces are one-of-a-kind and can be crafted up to 25 inches in diameter. They come in different shapes such as his heart shaped bowls, angels and rolling pins that come in different sizes as well.
Curly Silver Maple bowl When asked about his process Roland remarks, "Every design begins with a local log. I see the bowl inside the log before I ever start cutting." Arborists and friends often alert him to fallen trees. Roland delights in working with local hardwoods such as birch, red and white oak, ash, cedar, black walnut, beech, box elder and several pieces are made with maple. He has also been commissioned to do custom work for people who may have a sentimental wish for a particular piece of wood.
"I have a passion for what I do. Each piece is a representation of me. I'm the channel for the creation that wants to come forth. And I get tons of joy from sharing my work with the world. Mass-produced bowls are a dime a dozen. I love creating unique pieces of art."
From more information, contact Roland at 401-397-7545
Or email him at greenewoodturnings@gmail.com
Visit his studio at 2264 Plainfield Pike, Greene, RI02827


Jason Smith

Jason SmithMy current work is using oil and acrylic paint markers on 18″x 24″ Dura-Lar (Mylar x acetate) a contemporary archival surface that won’t yellow over time. This luminous pigmented work involves a layering stipple process focusing on spot weight; color palette, image size, and varying ranges of solid space. I try to blur the lines between drawing and painting. They are professionally framed and given varied colored 2″ mattes to accentuate the colors used in the work.
My work is based on the research of obscure ancient cultures around the globe and their mythologies or religious customs that link with found artifacts and archaeological evidence in the form of relief carvings, codexes, sculptures and monuments, then combining their influence with a natural creative intuition. I am inspired by discoveries of ancient advanced technology that defy Darwinism and our metaphysical timeline.
Dual Aspect of Lilith I hope to open people’s eyes to aspects of our history that helps to understand who we are and what we came from. I like to give a well-rounded finished product that covers all the points of Fine Artwork but makes you think and question and appreciate the layering of details.
You should know a lot of time and deep thinking go into the forming of any work that I produce. The reference images are not random and I read extensively on the topics I select to base artwork on. You should know a lot of time and deep thinking go into the forming of any work that I produce. The reference images are not random and I read extensively on the topics I select to base artwork on.


Neal B. Personeus

Neal PersoneusI am drawn to the dunes of the Cape. I began my interest in creating driftwood sculptures as a young boy on the beaches of North Truro in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. My original works were typically pirate ships in the sand made from the various flotsam and jetsam that Cape Cod Bay and the Atlantic Ocean would return to the land. By the time I was in my early teens, my works began to change towards wharf scenes and typical seaside shops perched upon interesting driftwood base pieces. In my early twenties, I became an architectural and engineering draftsman. I rented a beach-side cottage with some friends during the summer of 1984, and spent the entire vacation working at the beach on my sculptures while watching the Olympics. It was during this time that I honed in on the type of works that I would ultimately settle upon. Utilizing my interest in architecture, I would scour the beaches and dunes for beautifully bleached and unusually shaped base pieces, and then picture the style of house that would blend into and compliment the environment of the base piece.
I also design commission sculptures, recreating actual homes in driftwood from photographs and/or floor plans provided by clients (i.e. “Four Follies Farm” and “Setting Down Roots”). My sculptures range in size and complexity, and can incorporate intricate interior detailing. The pieces "Yeah...But The View" and "Smugglers Cove" are good examples of the level of detail that really sets my works apart from anything other artists have presented.
Ready for the Rising Seas My sculptures are comprised almost entirely of natural materials, starting with wood base pieces that have washed ashore after soaking in the salt waters of the Atlantic Ocean and/or Cape Cod Bay, and then lay in the dry sands bleaching in the sun, thus giving them their silver appearance. Additionally, sculptures are the blend of the natural base combined with the flotsam (marine wreckage) and jetsam (discarded cargo) collected from the shores of some of the most beautiful spots on the outer reaches of Cape Cod. In addition, I comb the shallows of Cape Cod Bay at low tides to harvest the smallest of the small (shells, crabs, beach glass, etc.).
There are occasions when I have had to resort and rely upon certain out-of-Cape supplies, the most important of which is the mica (schist) that makes up the "glass windows". And, every now and then a shell or two from places in Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New Jersey or Florida will find a place of honor on a sculpture. However, all told, the sculptures are comprised of mostly Cape Cod beach materials.