Just Another Cliché
November 13th - December 2nd 2014
Opening Reception and Open Studios during
Vista Lights on the November 20th, from 5-9pm.
The cat is out of the bag!
The long and short of it, the resident artists of Vista Studios will make their mark by exploring the idea of clichés. Keeping their nose to the grindstone, the artists have found that if they push their ideas a bit further, something new and different may emerge.
Feeling a bit stuck in the mud, Heidi Darr- Hope embraced the adage nothing ventured, nothing gained, and signed up for a weeklong workshop, Printmaking as Invention, offered at the Wildacres Retreat by The Ringling School of Art + Design. “It was more fun than a barrel of monkeys and I fell in love with the Monotype” (a kind of print made by drawing or painting on a smooth non- absorbent surface). After painting, searing, wiping, and using hand cut stencils to form an image on the plate, the whole thing is run through a printing press. The process is repeated until there is calm within the storm.
Pat Gilmartin continues to work on her ceramic figurative sculptures, extending her "Remember or Forget" series, adding a new twist by using animal figures to interact with the human ones. In addition, she is working in a new medium, sand casting bas-relief tiles. The tiles can be used indoors or out, as architectural accents for the home or garden.
Susan Lenz has gone out of her comfort zone…the twilight zone, as the inspiration for her new work.
Laurie McIntosh continues her work in Pages, an ongoing series of large, deconstructed paintings created with multiple layers of calligraphic marks and grounds. The pages are then reassembled and unconventionally bound to create new visual relationships between the images.
A new painting by Michel McNinch gives the saying, “He would give you the shirt off his back” a fresh look. Her use of color and technical skill will knock your socks off.
Laura Spong says of the show, “This has been so much fun to work on! We have had many laughs about the titles the artists have come up with. We hope everyone else has as good a time at the show as we’ve had doing it.”
A cardboard sculpture, Six of One, Half a Dozen... made by David Yaghjian will have you scratching your head as he poses a number of questions about balance.
Eileen Blyth, Stephen Chesley, Robert Kennedy, Sharon Licata, and Kirkland Smith will also present new work and be available to meet visitors to their studios.
Join us November 20th, from 5- 9pm, for Vista Lights as birds of a feather flock together. Remember, there is more than one way to skin a cat, and with holiday gift giving just around the corner, the early bird catches the worm!
Gallery hours: Monday – Friday 10:00am - 5:00pm Saturday and Sunday 12:00pm - 4:00pm or by appointment.
If you would like more information or images, please call 803-622-7838 or email Kirkland@KirklandSmith.com.