Earth, Sea and Sky, Dreams and Mythology: four artists celebrate inner and outer worlds via paint, fiber, ceramics, metal, wood, crystal and stone. This is a show that delights the eye while nourishing the spirit.
This spring for our May show ORIGIN, I revisited several iconic Jillian images. One is the portrait mask in clay made from an original face casting, then the mask as vase, and also the mythical animal. Sea Lion is part dragon, part lion covered in intricate patterns of lace. For masks I chose two favorite faces and crowned them with leaves and roses, peapods and lilies. The ladies became garden goddesses and the gentleman became the Greenman Fountain. The Greenman is an ancient symbol of fertility, rebirth, and regeneration fitting for Origin. Jardinieres, perfect for planting or flowers, are embellished with birds, butterflies, dragonflies, fish, and sea creatures that all spring from the origin of inner vision and inspiration.
Michael Hetland is a 3rd generation Norwegian descending from
Kragerø, Norway. Through his metal artworks he defines the fine
balance and beauty of metal, wood, crystal and stone to create
everlasting interior and exterior sculptures.
Tim’s one of a kind sculptures and photographs boast both beauty and a distressed look and are very unique and unlike anything else you will find in the art world. His solid built sculptures start from a simple moment in time and after many hours of labor are brought to life. As a New England artist, born in beautiful Newport, RI, Tim has always been fascinated with the ocean, the sky, and the earth and is compelled to craft images of what he sees with his hands, very much like his Father and even his Father did in Norway.
the daughter of an artist, I was fortunate to have the
encouragement to explore being creative in any way possible. My
goal as an artist is to share what brings me joy and happiness.
I am inspired by nature, flowers, color, and my pug Scarlet.
My time at the easel is restful and freeing. It’s a journey into myself and a learning experience. Feeling the sensuousness of the paint itself, the vibration of blending the colors, and the emotion that arises as I work. It has lessened my personal need for perfection and to let my flow be more natural. Painting has also become a necessity in my life, a way to renew my brain and my spirit.
I believe we are all born potential artists. Every child is a
bundle of creativity. For some of us, it gradually becomes less
important as we grow up and other interests and obligations take
over. And for some people, like me, making art continues to be a
lifesaving endeavor. When external life feels too harsh or
incomprehensible, I retreat into my imagination, where I always
can find peace, beauty and a timeless connection to a creative
source much bigger than myself.
Once in a while, when someone looks at my fibrations they ask me: ”Why do you paint with yarn? Wouldn’t it be a whole lot easier to just use traditional paint?” I do make regular paintings too, using acrylic and oil paint. And yes, they are generally faster to make, than my fibrations, which take a lot of time. I like to go back and forth between fiber art and working with paint. And as times have passed the two modalities have started to look similar in some ways. Still, there is something about the textures, the definite marks of the stitches, the layering and building up of surfaces in the fibrations, that appeal to me. I am the epitome of a touchy/feely woman, and I suppose I have always been a bit wild and wooly.