Second Saturday Event July 11: Meet the Artists Joan North and Pat Gaska 10-2.
July 8 - Aug 28
No Friday Artist Reception
Second Saturday July 11 & Aug 8: Meet the Artists
Featuring: Joan North and Pat Gaska
In this show the artists display creations that grew from pieces of this or that building block. Starting with Pat’s fiber and with Joan’s silver, they worked through snippets of this and bits of that to construct a new creation. The artists encourage the viewer to absorb the finished gestalt, the whole that is more than just the sum of the pieces. But they also invite looking closely to discover some of the small pieces they maneuvered."
Pieces, pieces and more pieces.
We all deal with pieces. Pieces of our lives. Pieces that need organizing or cleaning up. Pieces that can be put together into something bigger. This show is about working pieces into artwork.
Pat and I noticed that the art each of us creates starts with lots of little pieces. (Ours is not the only art form to rely on miscellaneous pieces; consider mosaics!) But the pieces are the backbone of the finished product. I work primarily with sterling—in wire, in sheets, in jump rings, in tubing, in scraps, in balls. Other pieces gracing my worktable include stones of all kinds, colors, and sizes, in addition to other metals such as fine silver and copper, and some leather. A room full of tools help move the pieces together: 14 hammers, 30 pliers, 3 saws, 4 drills, 34 files and countless soldering tools and chemicals.
Moving the pieces, imagining shapes and directions of the metal, or studying a stone, a direction emerges. Sometimes this direction makes it to the finished end, but not always. Sometimes, the piece inches into a new design in the process. I respect that and enjoy the emerging picture.
If all goes well, miracles happen. A phoenix arises from the dirty mess I have made from heating the sterling silver to 1600 F.
Pieces, pieces and more pieces.
As I look around my house, I see endless pieces of “stuff”, all of which tells a story. The story is all about what I love and what I treasure. My quilts are very much the same. I collect beautiful pieces of fabric from many places. My husband and I have been fortunate to travel quite a lot in recent years and I now have many fabrics from other countries, each of which holds a memory. Some fabrics were found on trips with friends, some are from my mother and from many others. When the time is right, those pieces are cut, combined and shaped into something brand new.
Some of my work is done by machine, some by hand. My sewing studio holds quite an assortment of sewing machines (5!), many types of pins and needles, an enormous supply of thread and lots and lots of scissors. (I started to count scissors one day and was embarrassed to see how many I have!)
As with Joan’s beautiful jewelry, defining line, pattern, and shape are essential to the process. Like artists and quilters today and before me, inspiration comes from many places. Photos of family and from trips an be an inspiration, as well as nature and what
I see around me. Many quilts reflect the reality of sky meeting earth, others are experiments with geometric design and with color. The challenge and joy, always, is to imagine something new and hopefully something beautiful
Six times a year (every two months) the Gallery hosts a new show featuring one or more artists in the front of the building, while showing works of all the Q members in the back. Each new show features an opening reception where the public can meet the artists and enjoy food and drinks. Normally, these are on the first Friday evening (5-7) on the odd months.
Due to COVID-19 all receptions and specials events are canceled until further notice.