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Small Gems Holiday Exhibit 2016

After the Storm

Small Gems Holiday Exhibit 2016 ran November 19 through January 27, 2017 at Emporium Framing & Gallery in South Berwick, Maine.

 This exhibit is small works including prints, multi media,, pottery, jewelry, etc from regional artist.

Wen Redmond an innovative fiber & digital artist states: “I am a process person. My process is fed by my love of being outdoors. I’m passionate about coming up with ideas and working out the kinks. This leads to more discoveries, an evolution.  I make the art and then the art makes me.”

New England artist, Wen Redmond explores her medium, fiber, focusing on experimentation and expanding its presentation. Her unique artistic work merges digital processes, photography,
collage, media mix and surface design.
“Redmond built her reputation as a textile artist. Stretching beyond that description, she’s making a mark with a new mix of medium, and a distinct look, using painted fabric, photo’s
on cloth, stitching, paper and found objects to create moody evocative works.” William Henderson IN PROVINCETOWN, MA

Her work has been included in many juried exhibits and collections, including Marvin Fletcher’s, Quilt National collection. Wen has been published widely in books and magazines, featured on Quilting Arts Television and has two available DVD workshops with Interweave Publishing. Wen's book with CT Publishing, 'Digital Fiber’ will be published December 2016 and available now as pre-order on Amazon.

Zinnias 2Pam Traver states:  "Nature is a continuous source of inspiration for my art. Exploring the color relationships and the interplay of form and space in nature is very satisfying to me. I enjoy developing a subject in a variety of media, usually drawing the subject before painting it; then, if the subject is sufficiently compelling, exploring it further in etching, monotype or linocut.

Printmaking in its various guises – etching, monotype, monoprint and linocut –is a constant and exciting challenge to me. Having started my art studies working with metal, creating jewelry and enameled pieces at Skidmore College, I continue to have an affinity for working with metal, which etching satisfies. I enjoy the processes involved in making an etching from the initial conception of how to achieve what I’m seeking in an image, to drawing it on a zinc or copper plate, etching and finally printing it. The final payoff is the excitement of seeing the completed image for the first time on paper.

  There is a dialogue that happens between the subject and me when I work on an image,beginning with my original visceral response to it. I relish the intimate relationship with my subjects that the process of drawing and painting them provides. Capturing the original visual excitement and communicating the feeling that it evokes in me is the-ultimate challenge. If I am painting Mt. Lafayette, I want to capture its specific character,the forces that created it and the feeling it inspires in me. When others respond to my work and feel somehow transported to that place, I feel extremely gratified "

Flowered VasesKathy Hanson is a painter and potter, living and working in Deerfield, NH. She is a juried member of both the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and the New Hampshire Art Association.  Kathy paints her watercolors of Maine and New Hampshire coasts on site during the summer months and teaches painting classes in her studio during the winter months.  Her ceramic work spans a range of territory from functional pieces to large public artworks such as her large sculpted ceramic tile mural, Rain forest, in the Emergency Room waiting area at Concord Hospital.

She states, "My pottery pieces are one of a kind, hand formed and painted with colorful glazes.  As with my watercolor paintings, many of my ideas for subjects come from my surroundings.  I live in a rural setting among trees, shrubs and gardens.  The plants and flowers that surround me inform my artwork with their shapes, forms and colors.  I also have backyard chickens that provide me with hours of entertainment, fresh eggs and endless inspiration for paintings.  Nature is my muse."

River Runs Through ItJudith Heller Cassell states "I think our past, our experiences, shape us and make us the people we are and the people we become. Artists are particularly sensitive to life’s happenings and sooner or later our lives are reflected in our work whether through conscious decisions or subconscious intervening.

I was born in a log cabin in rural Virginia, and those days spent musing in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains is the creative spirit behind most of my work. In my etchings, woodcuts, and sculpture, I attempt to capture this haunting, melancholy spirit.

Drawing in the dirt was one of my earliest memories. I remember the warmth of the sun on my back, the feel of the soil as it separated beneath my fingers, and the thrill of the magic that formed those images that came from some unknown self. I continue to be enthralled when an image in my head mergers with one in my heart and something is created that expresses the emotions I feel.

I tend to work in series, usually exploring everything I feel and want to convey about a subject before moving on. "

After the Storm (top right), Wen Redmond, Manipulated photograph with texture under collage, paint and stitching

Zinnia 2 (middle right), Pam Traver, Hand colored etching

Flowered Vases (lower middle right) , Kathy Hanson, Glazed earthenware clay

River Runs Through It (lower right), Judith Heller Cassell, Mixed media of paper, tar, cooper and string

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