Is it spring yet? We are beginning to believe that it is right around the corner. One of the signs of spring for the gallery is our all artist event which opened Friday, March 5, 2010. The artists we represent were invited to submit one or two pieces around the common theme – Modern Geometry: playing with form. It is a great show…full of creativity, energy and craftsmanship. If you haven’t already seen it, you should stop in before March 29, 2010 and enjoy this eclectic body of work. Congratulations to Lauren Tallarita on a great job! Lauren was the curator of the show as part of an internship project for her B.F.A. degree at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.
Other signs of spring include new work that artists are bringing in to the gallery. We just received some beautiful new platters/bowls by Marc Matsui. Marc’s fine porcelain bowls with brilliant colors transform clay in to a canvas. His pieces are simple in form, outstanding in craftsmanship and appropriate for home , office and gift-giving occasions. We are also anticipating new work from Christine McGrath….lovely boxes, vases, picture frames and clocks that incorporate contemporary fabrics with glass. And, we can’t wait to receive a new selection of black ware tiles from Laura McCaul, an exceptional Wisconsin clay artist that we have had the privilege to represent for years.
The American Craft Council Show opens in St. Paul on April 16th. We always look forward to this event that is literally 20 minutes west of the gallery. Naturally, we look forward to seeing new artists and their work. However, we also like to cheer on the artists we represent. If you are able to go to the show, you need to seek out Steve Pflipsen and Katia Pflipsen Olivova. Their work just keeps getting better. Katia’s unique jewelry is exceptional and their collaborative glass/metal pieces are beautiful…almost beyond description. You will also want to visit Lauri Wilson’s booth. This is Lauri’s first year in the show and we really hope it is a winner for her as her work is impeccable. Some of our other favorites include: Fred Kaemmer (glass), Kelly Marshall (textiles), and Michele Friedman (jewelry). Enjoy the show.