The ARTery Gallery invites you to an opening reception as artist member, Claude Larson, exhibits her latest collection, titled “Essential Connections”. These works were produced from materials on hand when regular sources of supplies became temporarily unavailable. Ample free time and solitude gave rise to abundant creative experimentation. Breaking free from the monotony of the social restrictions that kept everyone isolated, Claude took to her studio and looked for divergent ideas through exploratory design, diverse color palettes and a transformation in process. Stepping out of the usual random process that drives Claude’s past work, these pieces are more analytic in nature and deliberate in process. Selecting very limited color palettes in both her textile and acrylic pieces and trying unusual combinations to push her creative abilities gave rise to this body of work. It is a representation of the silent voice of art that keeps us connected to ourselves and each other. This show will be on exhibit and sale at The ARTery from July 9 through August 3rd, with an extended afternoon/evening reception scheduled for Saturday, July 11th from 3 – 8 pm to allow adequate space for visitors as they connect with the art and the artist. The exhibit will also be viewable on the gallery’s Facebook page
Fire and Water
Runs August 8th thru September 9th
A wine and cheese reception will be held August 10th from 6-9pm
Celebrating the art of mother nature, Hadley’s Earth Crystals join with artist Claude Larson for an exhibit titled “Fire and Water” at The ARTery Gallery in Milford, PA. Jan and Jim Hadley who have built a business on their 30 year passion for the beauty and patterns found in crystals and minerals, will share their knowledge and amazing collection in this featured show. Alongside these natural works of art, Claude Larson will exhibit her nature inspired work incorporating fiber and mixed media. This show features countless, stunning one-of-a-kind wonders for show and sale.
From the fiery depths of Earth, a broad spectrum of color, geometric shapes and universal patterns emerge in this hand-pick collection of crystals and minerals. The vibrant reds and oranges evoke a connection with the volcanic and solar energies while the cool tones of blue and green reflect the calming energies of flowing water.
Through their depth of knowledge, Jim and Jan seek to educate the public about the mineralogy and metaphysical aspects of their collected stones. As the Earth’s temporary caretakers, Jim and Jan are committed to exhibiting their hand selected crystals in order for the right person to make an energetic connection with the particular stone that is meant for them.
Claude Larson uses the forces of water and melting snow to create unique textiles with one-of-a-kind patterns. She incorporates such processes as rusting, hand-dyeing, snow-dyeing and marbling to create her fiber and mixed media pieces. Elements of her work include bold color, shape, line and pattern. Natural events create the basis for her inspiration, from the rising of the moon in its many phases to the treasures she’s collected from the edge of the ocean. She views natural wonders as the muse for her art and incorporates fiber, stitch, paint and visual balance in her pieces to express her inner reflection of the natural world onto an outer surface.
Behind the Scenes
Exhibit runs April 11th – May 6th
Winter hours are Fri – Sun 11 – 5
Wine and cheese reception: Saturday, April 13th from 6 – 9 pm
Ever wonder where artists get their ideas or what goes into creating a piece of art?
“Behind the Scenes” is a unique, new exhibit at the ARTery Gallery that reveals the creative process behind a work of art. Wondering if the art loving public would like to venture behind the scenes, the artist members will reveal what happens before the painting is framed and hung in a gallery. Alongside their finished artwork, the artists will display sketches, scribbles, doodles, photos, books, poetry, tools and materials, and any other element that brought them from inception to completion of a piece of their work.
Inspiration, although important, is often thought of as a magical moment of enlightenment and the work that follows is easy. While that may occasionally be the case, what is more true and not so apparent is the work, research, failures, changes and searching that follows the initial inspiration and forms the final piece.
Where did the idea come from? How did the initial sketches differ from the final piece? Why were certain decisions made? What tools are employed by each artist? Seeing what the process is about will lead the viewer to appreciate the stages and changes that the artists may undergo while on their creative journey and help demystify the creative process.
In his book Imagine, Jonah Lehrer writes “The reality of the creative process is that it often requires persistence, the ability to stare at a problem until it makes sense. It’s forcing oneself to pay attention…It’s sticking with a poem until it’s perfect; refusing to quit on a math question; working until the cut of a dress is just right. The answer won’t arrive suddenly, in a flash of insight. Instead, it will be revealed slowly, gradually emerging after great effort.”