Celebrate Art in Nature

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Please join me at the opening reception of the Westwood Land Trust art exhibit entitled “Capturing Nature in Westwood” tonight, Thursday, October 27th from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at the Westwood Public Library.

Here are a few photos from yesterday’s set up of this wonderful show:

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Many local artists are featured in this show (including members of the Westwood Artist group and the Dedham Square Artists Guild) in addition to student art from Westwood High School and Middle School.

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The exhibit goes through December 16th.  Hope you can stop in and see it!

 

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Cup Exhibit – #3

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I came away from the SAC Cup Exhibit thinking about dividing my ceramic surfaces into separate areas for decorating.  Two exhibiting artists: Maureen Mills and Rena Hamilton both used designs to create divided spaces on their three dimensional forms in a way that intrigued me.

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Rena Hamilton’s wood fired tumbler

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Maureen Mills wood fired tumbler

The design elements, the choice of clay and firing, and the resulting richness of the surface make for interesting and complex work.  The work seems similar at first, but when researching the artists, their stories are different. The dividing space becomes design elements chosen for different reasons.

Maureen Mills, the director of the New Hampshire Institute of Art is a teacher, an artist and a published author describes her work in this way: “My work continues to explore the contradictions of delicate surface techniques combined with the strength of (certain) clays. When fired in a wood burning kiln, the surface can become almost obliterated with melting ash, yet the subtle quality of surface depth that is achieved continues to strengthen each form.”  Rena Hamilton, lives and works in Flagstaff, New Mexico.  She describes her work as being “rooted in the philosophy of a balance in opposites; masculine-feminine, work-play, whimsical-austere.”  She says, “most of my work starts on the wheel and is often embellished with freehand scrolled drawings, slip trailing, stamping and underglaze transfer images and then fired in a wood and spray soda kiln.”

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Maureen Mills’ tumbler in hand

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Rena Hamilton’s artist signature stamp

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Rena Hamilton’s delicate pink stained glaze juxtaposed to a masculine wood fired scroll

More posts about the Cup Exhibit can be found here and here.