Friday, February 3, 2017

February Guest Show - "A Little Romance"

Our guest show this month has a romantic theme and the eight artists whose work is on display chose a variety of ways to interpret "A Little Romance." 

Barb Sedgwick chose heart imagery for her hand-embossed pewter and gold leaf piece "Arrows of Courage." For "Nine of Hearts" she used hand-embossed and aged copper. Both pieces are square and designed to hang on the wall.  $45 each

Janet Ronacher's "A Flower For You" is a 3-dimensional collage made to hang on the wall. Janet uses recycled materials and this piece appears to be plastic, paper, paint, yarns - both metallic and opaque - and ink. The color palette is so pleasing but it's the texture that makes this piece so fascinating - a delightful mix of what I believe is crushed bubble wrap and tiny yarn knots. Be sure to take a close look and see what you think Janet used in her design. $95

Heather John, of Heather Bell Jewelry, is a first time guest artist at AOB. The pieces shown above are actually part of our Trunk Show (Heather has jewelry in both sections of the gallery this month) and are made using aquamarine nugget and raw aquamarine crystals with blue topaz rondelles. All metal is 92.5% sterling silver. Light, airy, delicate and modern. Necklace $180; Earrings $60

Another first timer in our gallery is Barbara Paanakker who is both a painter and a ceramic artist. Always great to have work by artists we have not shown with us before.  Barbara brought us two ceramic pieces this month; they add whimsy and fun to the collection of entries. The ceramic sculptures both perch on pieces of wood - one on burnt wood. "Reunited" is 1.5x2.5x13.5 and "BFF" is 3x6x9. $175 and $225

This delightful cat image was created by Milt Wear and is done on a masonite panel which is covered with white fired clay and then India ink. The image is scratched in with special tools and colorized with watercolor before receiving a protective coat of lacquer. Milt titled this drawing "Looking For Love." His other piece which did not photograph well because of the glass depicts a mother duck and six of her "babies." The title of that piece is "Birds Do It." The cat is $215

"A Tango in the Wind" is the creation of Olga Ivkin and was painted with acrylics on canvas. Its framed size is 29x23. Olga is from Russia and she is a regular participant in our guest wall shows. We love her out-of-the-box thinking and her stylized way of painting. Olga can even turn trees into a romantic dancing duo! $300

Stephen Kekule was a long time member artist with AOB under a year or so ago. He is a true romantic by nature and often injects an element of love into his urban landscapes. "Outside Capulet's Window" is acrylic on board and measures 18x18. He is meticulous in his draftmanship and always invites the viewer to become involved in the story he has to tell with his paintings. $400

Nancy Wunn is the eighth artist in the group for February. She has two photographs in this show - "Togetherness" and "Loneliness." Unfortunately there are under glass and I couldn't get a decent photo of either. You will have to see them in person. Nancy had work in our January show and taught drafting at David Douglas High School before recently retiring. Her framed photographs are both priced at $165.

This show continues through Saturday, February 25. Join us on the second Saturday of February between 5 and 8 p.m. for our monthly artists reception. Enjoy a glass of wine and meet the artists.

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