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May Issue 2008
Art League of Hilton Head on Hilton Head Island, SC, Features Works by Jack Huddle and Ellen Smith
Art League of Hilton Head on Hilton Head Island, SC, will present two exhibitions, Passion 2008, featuring paintings by Jack Huddle and Functional or Not, featuring ceramic works by Ellen Smith, on view at the Art League Gallery from May 13 through June 7, 2008.
Huddle is passionate about his art: "In my recent paintings, I am coordinating shapes and colors to create an impression of an event or place, much as an architect coordinates elements as he designs a structure." He has combined a career in architecture with the arts of glass blowing and abstract painting.
After moving to Hilton Head Island in 1999 Huddle applied the creative principles of architecture and glass blowing to his painting. What developed are dreamscapes often dominated by one color with forms reminiscent of molten glass in transformation. He does not title his paintings, so the viewer's imaginations may roam freely. Continuously inspired by the marvels and mystery of nature and God's creation Huddle has synthesized the skills of his profession with his passion of painting.
Born in Ohio and raised during the Depression Huddle learned early to recycle and create from discarded materials. During the 1970s, while still practicing architecture, he discovered a love for glass blowing and developed unique techniques to construct sculpted objects and vessels from molten glass.
After his BA of Architecture, Huddle took courses at the école des Beaux Arts in Fontainebleau, France, and SCAD, among others. He is a member of the Art League of Hilton Head, the Society of Bluffton Artists and the Beaufort Art Association.
Ellen Smith works in both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional media, ceramics, painting and collage. She says of her work, "I enjoy exploring many different materials and ideas. Teaching art taught me the basics of a variety of arts and crafts in order to guide my students. As a result my own work is eclectic, often inspired by children's art and folk art." Smith loves ceramics because the craft combines so many different skills and techniques. She is inspired by the textures of the material, the shapes that emerge and the colors in nature and in man-made forms. Some of my pieces are decorative, and others functional.
Smith prefers hand-building her ceramics, because it gives her the freedom to experiment with symmetrical and asymmetrical shapes. Because of her painting background, at times she uses the clay as a canvas to achieve a painterly look using glazes and under-glazes.
Other work is more about form, shaping, modeling, joining, adding and taking away clay. Recently Smith has been working on a series of bas-relief sculptures. She starts each piece with an idea or an image but the final product is often a surprise.
Smith's work is in many private collections and has been exhibited in numerous group shows; she was a featured 3D artist at the Hilton Head Art League Gallery in 2005.
Smith lives on Hilton Head Island with her husband Warren, who is her frame maker and computer specialist. She is a native of central New York and received a BFA in painting from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (Carnegie Mellon University) in Pittsburgh, PA. Smith did graduate work and then was an art educator in Syracuse, NY. and Dayton, OH, for over thirty years.
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