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Crimson Laurel Gallery in Bakersville, NC, Features Works by Liz Zlot Summerfield, Sarah Faulkner, and Melisa Cadell
Crimson Laurel Gallery
in Bakersville, NC, will present three new exhibits including:
Collecting, Creating, Connecting, featuring ceramics by
Liz Zlot Summerfield; featuring paintings by Sarah Faulkner; and
Leaning into the Light, featuring new ceramic sculpture
by Melisa Cadell. All exhibits will be on view from Sept. 4 through
Oct. 31, 2010. Additionally, our online exhibition is New Work
by Hayne Bayless.
These new exhibitions will feature three of the finest ceramic artists in the country and one of the most unique painters in western North Carolina.
For Liz Summerfield,
recontextualizing utilitarian objects is a common thread woven
throughout her work. Her interest lies in what an object once
was and what it can become; this curiosity fuels her to create
her work. She references functional, everyday objects and intends
to formalize them by focusing on their form, surface, and presence
in space. Her recent body of work continues to reference functional
objects and address theories of collection. Currently, the most
important influence in her life is her daughter, Roby. Summerfield
finds that the objects that surround her, and in turn influence
her work, belong to her. They are playful items: toys, games,
and balls. They are stacked, grouped, and contained throughout
her home. She has acquired a new collection and inspiration, and
thus a new body of work has emerged.
Sarah Faulkner seeks
to capture, in her work, the important relationships humans have
with trees, flowers, animals and all things in the natural world. These
relationships offer a sense of peace, grounding and calm which
is so essential to the quality of one's life. Growth is reflected
consistently throughout her work. She experiments with different
materials in order to capture the mysterious and atmospheric qualities
found in nature. Most recently, Faulkner has been working with
wax to add depth to her paintings. This translucent and misty
material blends and softens the undercoat colors to give the work
an element of light. In addition to wax, Faulkner also uses
a combination of materials to build up the surface of the paintings. This
gives the work a three dimensional quality. The work represented
in the upcoming exhibit will be the first collage series in the
artist's career. The work will reflect the simplicity and
repetition found in the patterns of nature.
Melisa Cadell is interested in the figure and the spiritual being that is represented by it. She wishes to record the triumph of the human existence as she has observed it in the strong people who have entered her life. Clay allows her the opportunity to form figures who sing of their past, and who are witnesses of their history. Cadell is trying to communicate the past of individuals who have had to endure hardship, persecution, and poor health. People have always amazed her because of their ability to face life with determination when so little hope seems apparent. Their stories have touched her soul in a way that words fall short in describing. It is Cadell's hope that this is communicated in her work. Her works represent people who were changed because of their life experiences and it is reflected in a beauty and strength that has nothing to do with what our society typically deems beautiful. Their beauty is one of dignity, courage and of inner strength. Cadell's exhibit will feature a very broad range of new works.
For Hayne Bayless the unintended result, often misread as a mistake and so dismissed, is one of the most fertile sources of new ideas. "The trick is not to fool with clay's inherent desire to be expressive. Pay attention to the clay, not only for the sake of each piece, but because the clay will offer - or impose - its own suggestions of new forms and ways to work," says Bayless. His pots are not so much about harmony, although that does happen, but more about tension. He loves what spawns in the friction between what he wants the material to do and what it would rather do. Hayne's exhibit will feature a great selection of new works.
For further information
check our NC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at
828/688-3599 or visit (www.crimsonlaurelgallery.com).
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