Textural Patois Opening Reception at the Allen Priebe Art Gallery

What an experience to walk into the Textural Patois exhibition and see Dave’s 2D work complementing a room full of tactile 3D work.  The juror, Susie Ganch, a metal sculptor, predominately chose sculpture and jewelry to explore the exhibition’s theme – using texture as a visual language.  As I mentioned in a previous blog entry about this exhibit, both Dave and I felt that “Dismembered Lakes” and ” Crushed by the Blues” emphasize both texture and color to give the pieces meaning.  I’m glad the juror saw that texture in a two-dimensional photographic print and included Dave’s work in the exhibition.

UW Oshkosh, especially the Gallery Director Andrew Redington, and his assistant, Anna Hill, put together a great show.  The opening reception was well-attended and we enjoyed looking at the work of two dozen artists.  Susie Ganch was able to attend and discuss her reasoning for choosing a variety of the pieces. We also enjoyed seeing and hearing about her work in the “Bits and Pieces” (February 2 – 27) solo show in the Annex Gallery.

Thanks to everyone who worked on this exhibition.  Look for video from the opening at the Allen Priebe Art Gallery website soon.

Winning Weekend

What a weekend we had.  On Friday, there was a fantastic turnout for the opening reception of Midwest Seasons in the gallery on Artsblock at the Center for Visual Arts (CVA) in downtown Wausau, WI.  This beautiful gallery space, which also serves as an intermission area for the connected theater space next door, was packed with art lovers Friday night.

We had a lovely time chatting with folks – both about Dave’s art as well as the other artwork on display.  There was such an amazing array of creative talent focused on celebrating the power and beauty of our Midwestern seasons.  And, a wonderful evening sweetened when the awards were announced.  “We Could Live in a Cabin in the Woods” won Best of Show!

We want to thank Katie Crotteau, the Executive Director of CVA, along with her staff and members as well as the juror, Daniel Atyim, for curating the exhibit.  Thanks too to the show sponsor, UMR, and the awards sponsor, Peoples State Bank.  We found Wausau to be very supportive of the arts.  We really enjoyed the opening reception.  The show includes works by about 60 artists from the U.S. and Canada and we highly recommend going to see it if you have time.  Midwest Seasons runs through February 28.  Admission is free.  (Closed Mondays and holidays).

On Sunday, despite some early morning fog, we were able to drive to St. Louis to attend the opening reception for the Ann Metzger Memorial National All Media Exhibit at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild in Clayton, MO.  The St. Louis Artists’ Guild is located in a beautiful 1920’s mansion in Oak Knoll Park.  Here too the reception was filled with people (we barely found parking).

Good friends of ours live within walking distance to the park – so we were thrilled to be able to spend some time with them both at the reception and for dinner afterward.  They noticed right away on the program that Dave’s “Dismembered Lakes” was awarded the Karen Mills Prize.  Thanks to the sponsor and the judges.  We’re very happy for the recognition (and glad Dave was there to accept it in person).

The building where the exhibition is held is fabulous.  While the ground floor retains much of the character of an old home with beautiful architecturally detailed warm main rooms and windowed spaces overlooking the gardens, the second floor looks like a traditional museum space with hardwood floors and white walls creating both intimate spaces and long views that showcase the art wonderfully.  Our friends immediately knew there had been alterations, but we were surprised to learn that “the Ann Metzger” show was celebrating a newly remodeled and reconfigured upstairs gallery.  We congratulated Gina Alvarez (Gallery Director) and Davide Weaver (Executive Director) on an amazing transformation.  Kudos to the rest of the Guild staff and other volunteers as well!

The artwork on display was also amazing (about 150 pieces are exhibited).  The juror, Sabina Ott, “decided to exhibit multiple examples of each artist’s work so that viewers could experience more of each artists unique vision of the world.”  It was delightful.   We enjoyed all of the art, but it was fun to see several pieces by the artists when we were particularly drawn to their work.  Another local friend surprised us by coming by with her young daughter – and we all had a good time discussing and viewing art.

If you find yourself in St. Louis before March 19, stop by and see the show.  Admission is free.  (Closed Mondays and holidays).

It was certainly a great weekend.  We’re glad we were able to make it to Wausau and St. Louis – to see the quality and beauty of the work selected and to marvel with gratitude for the awards.  We wish Georgia wasn’t so far as we’d love to see what’s on display for the Valdosta National 2010.  Maybe next time.

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