Opening Reception

  • Date: 2 October 2014

  • Time: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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Please join us on Thursday, October 2 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm for the opening reception of this month’s exhibits featuring Brad Birchett (Main Gallery), Stephanie Voegele (Shop Show), and Elizabeth Coffey (The Vault).

“Return,” is Brad Birchett’s Main Gallery show, on view from September 4 to October 25. He explores the way life changes with speed: the speed of incoming information, the speed of the daily rush to the next project or event, the speed of conversation.

“In this series I have moved from interventions and intermedia art back to studio work – mixed media painting and drawing. The process was guided by simplifying the content and recognizing the work I needed to make. So I introduced ideas of mythical narrative forms as they relate to our spiritually diluted upbringing and found inspiration in my everyday drawings and my need to move paint.

When asked how I feel about the work I draw a blank. After working with it, being with it for so long, it feels like a part of life or history (maybe the missing history). The process of making art, and the artwork itself become the same.”

Shop Show artist, Stephanie Voegele presents “Gems, Loops and Tassels.” “This new work is inspired by contrasts of bright neon colors with shifts in surface which are paired with a variety of materials such as metal, plastic, leather and thread. Powder coated pieces of brass are bent and formed to create faceted planes that bring to mind the abstract surface of sparkling gemstones. The asymmetrical lines and loops that dangling below each gem create a bright and playful one-of-a-kind piece of wearable art.”

Mixed media artist, Elizabeth Coffey’s Vault show is a “series of portraits based on found photographs, cropped and manipulated to show some features, but hide others. The subject’s full face is never revealed, inviting the viewer to relate to her through the pose, clothing and color choices. How much visual information do we need to form an impression and make up a story about someone? [The hope is] that viewers are curious about the subjects of these portraits, and will see their own stories in them. [Coffey works] through a combination of painting, drawing and collage [to] explore relationships and the individual’s place in the world.”

Thursday’s artist reception will be followed by the First Friday Art Walk on the evening of October 3 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.