The public is invited to see FireWorks…a love story featuring the new work of 13 local ceramic artists at a private exhibition space off Bishop’sLodge Road. Participating artists include Luisa Baldinger, Patricia Berent, David Clough, Donald Davis, Elizabeth Hunt, Susan Ohori, Becky Pinnick, Kristine Poole, Sally Stark, Carolyn Stupin, Andreana Thompson, Lillian Turner and John Wantz,
Primarily showcasing sculpture with a variety of techniques and subject matter, some functional ware will be available as well. The artists express definite points of view from light-hearted to serious commentaries on social and political events of today.
Becky Pinnick’s polar bears are a case in point: evocative of the environmental changes the planet faces. She feels that “they stand as a symbol of our dwindling resources, and that their plight may well be our own. Within a global context, now more than ever, we can recognize our vulnerability as a species, and can see the how strongly our actions on one region of the planet affect those in another. Our quest for obtaining and utilizing resources at all costs affects all life on this planet, and in this context, the symbol of the Polar Bear has become a powerful icon indicative not only of global shifts in temperature, weather extremes and disappearing resources, but as a poignant reminder of the fragility of our existence.”
Don Davis’ interest is in figural sculpture and he went about teaching himself the human form and how to render it in clay. Much of his work has been representational but evolved into pieces that express a social statement with a bit whimsy - voicing his opinion about things that have meaning but with a-tongue-in-cheek manner asking the viewer to get the message in an uplifting way. He
writes “Realizing that I don’t have to fight on the business battlefield anymore, I put away my suit of armor and decided that I wouldn’t be up to slaying any more dragons. I also came to the conclusion that maybe, my work won’t transcend the ethos of the subliminal state of man’s wretched existence, or solve global warming, cure obesity, or ever be part of a permanent collection of any museum.”
Luisa Baldinger has been working in clay for many years. For her, clay has always been a dance, an exploration of form. Rocks, plant parts, sea forms, old bones,landscapes are the visual things that excite her. Daily walks with the dog out into the arroyos and hills presents a wealth of forms, texture and color at every turn.
The exhibition space is also open on: Saturday, May 11 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday May 12, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information or to contact individual artists, please call Kristine Poole at email@example.com or at 505-660-3485.