Julie Bartholemew in her Tread Carefully exhibition at Beaver Galleries engages some of the thorny issues of humans living and working on this planet. She combines a certain classy elegance with some confronting content to make it clear that we need to treat gently on planet Earth.
Using scientific equipment and chemical accoutrements created out of white porcelein she tweaks the items to convey a great message of care of the environment and respect for the plant life on the areas we live in. Each item has elegant copperplate writing that conveys information.
I did not have my camera so I only have gallery stuff below
Julian Laffan creates gorgeous representations of place in delicately prepared woodcuts. The two tone natural looking creations are supplemented with a small flash or two of bright colour to highlight a feature but for me the beauty is in the craftsmanship of the wood work. Many of the scenes were familiar with Laffan’s take on how they were carved in the wood.
I did not have my camera with me so I have only included the gallery materials but as usual the high quality sheets from Beaver have some of the images included.
Alex Asch creates wonderful works out of re-purposed materials. In all his art he finds timber and other artifacts that he then weaves together to make some further intriguing objects . The latest exhibition mounted at Beaver Galleries has hangable objects that are all painted a generally flat black. These objects are made out of musical instruments elegant hair-combs and lots of other timber objects. The resulting works are almost like idols or gods. Hung together they are a remarkably striking set.
What an amazing idea for a show. Each of the fifteen artists were asked to create a glass work that reflects the work of the previous work in the sequence of the show. As you walk around the room you have some highly skilled artists developing a work in their own style that takes up something in another artist’s work. The connections are fascinating.
Below I have included some pics and gallery materials. As with all glass pictures never do Justice to what is seen in the room.
The Culiton sisters love animals and express their love through art. A current exhibition in the Beaver Gallery features paintings by Lucy and sculptures by Anna. The sisters have a wonderful take on their subjects. Lucy creates remarkable portraits of animals that ooze personality and interest. Anna creates pottery stories through the combination of pots plants and finely worked creatures or birds.
Holly Grace makes beautiful glass objects. Most are decorated with alpine foliage.Some are bowls and functional objects others are simply beautiful decorations. The exhibited objects in this show I liked the most were the glass houses with a light inside that projected versions of the houses on the walls. Strikingly beautiful and fascinating.
Geier has created some rich, layered complex images through which according to her blurb she wants to represent the dramatic changes that are happening and are coming in the past certainties of our society. Titled “Coming Storm” her paintings layer fractures over other images and lay alongside confusion and stability. There are layers behind with holes cut through so you get hints of what lies beyond.
There is a level at which what is being expressed is important but without discounting that aspect, these artworks are stunningly attractive objects rich with texture and delightful earthy colours.
There are sample pics and gallery materials below.