“Casting Shadows”: a dedham square artist guild challenge and art exhibit

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“Cast a light onto an object and a shadow is born. They are revealed in the physical world as well as the spiritual one. What is lurking in those shadows is made known through the imagination.”

This Challenge was open to all artists, working in any medium, who work/reside in eastern Massachusetts. This show is in the lower gallery at the Dedham Community Theatre at 580 High Street, Dedham, MA. http://www.dedhamcommunitytheatre.com Opening Reception: Thursday May 7, 6pm to 8pm Exhibition Dates: May 1, 2015 to June 30, 2015.

I responded to this theme in ceramics and here are the pieces that are included in this exhibit amongst photography, paintings and fiber works of art.

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A 2 part luminary with leaf motif casts shadows when a candle is lit.

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A repeating image of a flower and it’s cast shadow cover half of this two tone black and white vase.

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Inspired by the work of Gustavo Perez, this sculpture began on the wheel as a thrown cylinder and was then altered, rolled, pushed, pulled and cut to create spaces for shadows to be cast.  The interior has been painted with a black glossy glaze to further separate the spaces of interior and exterior.

All work is for sale through the Dedham Square Artist Guild gallery.

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“Reflection” opens tonight

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Artist Challenge: REFLECTION … “As the seasons change, so does reflection. We see reflection in light or hear it in sound. When the year comes to a close, do you reflect on what was, what will be? How can a reflection be cool or warm? How will you define it in your medium?”IMG_1972

IMG_1988This Challenge was open to all artists, working in any medium, who work/reside in eastern Massachusetts. I chose to submit two RAKU vases.  With my “prelude” brushwork on the exterior surface and coppery reflective glaze on the interior, it  defined “Reflection” in my medium: clay.

Raku is a low-firing process that was inspired by traditional Japanese raku firing. Western-style raku involves removing pottery from the kiln while at bright red heat and placing it into containers with combustible materials, such as sawdust and shredded paper.

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IMG_1888The drastic thermal shock also produces cracking; therefore, Raku is fragile and cannot withstand water. The non functional aspect means that the interior is unoccupied and light travels in to reflect the copper red glaze.

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See my vases and the work of other artists as they respond to “Reflection” in their mediums.

Participating Artists Include:
Lisa W B Walker, Cindy Mootz, Lonnie Landrey, Gretje Ferguson, Fred Smith, Rali Weaver, Dennis Stein, Kerry Hawkins, Alice Donaldson, Wendy Birchmire, Danielle Leveille, Sharon Pierce, Nancy Walton, Anna Gemelli, and Gillian Jackson

IMG_1978IMG_1987Raku is always one of a kind. It is a ceramic sculpture that has captured a moment in time where artist, fire and process become one. Enjoy the luminosity of the copper reds that come to life in the reduction process, and the exterior brushwork and crackle that reflect nature in a season of change.

“Reflection”, a Dedham Square Artist Guild Artist Challenge, opens tonight, Thursday, December 4th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  This show will be hosted in the lower gallery at the Dedham Community Theatre. 580 High Street, Dedham, MA. http://www.dedhamcommunitytheatre.com

Exhibition Dates: December 4th, 2014 to January 30th, 2015

 

“Making Waves” – An Artist Challenge

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“Making Waves” – An Artist Challenge, opens with a reception on Thursday, September 26th from 6-8pm at the Dedham Community Theatre.

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The Challenge:  “MAKING WAVES”

“Waves… on the water, to a friend, in the status quo. How do you like to make waves? Whether it is causing a stir or literally making a splash in water, this Artist Challenge asks artists to shake things up a bit, we want to see how you can make waves! ”

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Here is the story of my piece….

I grew up on an peninsula of land north of Boston and as an adult, I spend most summer weekends at the beach either south of Boston or in southern Rhode Island.  Water is part of my life. I enjoy watching the waves, the sunsets over the water, boats, and exploring the beach.  Collecting sea glass is one of my favorite things to do.

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I wanted to make a piece that would hold the sea glass I collect, remind me of the lighthouses that I love, give the illusion of rocking like a boat in the water, and incorporate the movement of a wave.

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throwing to create the space for sea glass.

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trimming to create the desired effects: reference to light house shape and illusion of rocking movement.

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glazed with crushed sea glass and ready for the kiln

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complete!

This is a one of a kind piece. It will be part of a bigger exhibit that opens this Thursday, September 26th at the Dedham Community Theater.  Immediately following the reception, my piece will be moved to the Dedham Square Artist Guild Gallery across the street from the Theater where it will be on display and for sale with the other three dimensional artwork. Two dimensional work will remain at the Theater for the duration of the exhibit.

For more information of this and other artist challenges.  Visit the Dedham Square Artist Guild!

Red, Brown and Gold ~ Artist Challenge

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Red, Brown and Gold ~ Artist Challenge

Artist Challenge at the Dedham Square Artists Guild opens tonight 5PM @ 553 High Street in Dedham, MA. (Guest: McCrae’s caramels, plus featured artist of the month: photographer, Kerry Hawkins)

Every couple of months, the DSAG artists have a chance to respond to a theme. This one, of course, is all about Valentine’s Day. My submission is the bud vase with a vertical leaf motif in a golden glaze pictured here nestled amongst other vases for sale at the gallery. Ceramics, wood, paintings, photography, and more are all part of the member exhibit.that opens tonight for “Love in the Square”.