Tuesday, May 29, 2007
If you didn't make it out for Final Friday you missed a great night on Main Street! Michelle Red Elk was here telling the stories behind her work, Jeremy Cronk played and sang songs to fill the night, and local artisan Jamie Almand's birch ply bench made its debue at 1305 Gallery!
You can stop in any time to see Michelle's work, and Jamie's bench will be here for your sitting and viewing pleasure. Jamie is newly relocated to Cincinnati and can make this beautiful bench to order! Come check it out and see examples of more of his past work in wood, his pieces are amazing!
Hopefully Jeremy Cronk will be back again to play in the gallery, his guitar and vocal musings were the perfect accent to a perfect night at the gallery!
There are still plenty of pieces left from Michelle's series of 60 works entitled " The Four Directions," but they're going fast. At $150 a piece they're a steal and quite a few of you have already added them to your collections.
Remember the gallery is open Tues-Sat 11-3, and will also be open for the next Second Sundays on Main June 10th from 12-5. For additional information or an appointment outside of gallery hours contact the gallery via email, telephone, post, or blog!
Saturday, May 26, 2007
There's never been a better reason to go to the 20th Century Theater in Oakley than this! Come out to support little Emmett, and while doing so get to hear some great musical performances, and buy some art at auction! I'll definitely be donating some things for this event!
So glad it's on a Sunday too! I know all you other restaurant employees can feel me on that!
See you there!
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Opening Final Friday, May 25th with a reception from 6-11 pm is "Four Directions."
Made possible by a grant from the Serpent Source Foundation, this exhibition consists of 60 small works by local artist Michelle Red Elk. Each piece is a framed watercolor and graphite rendering of a story or symbol from Native American mythology and history categorized into one of the four directions, with 15 pieces total for each of the directions. The resulting 60 works fill the gallery with a constantly evolving and disintegrating story, something at once personal and philosophical. It is a narrative that is spoken from the artist's own personal history and from the history of the many cultures that make up the people we know as Native Americans. Michelle does not strive to represent everyone or everything in the least, she has taken stories and symbols that have special meaning to her and articulated them in her own hand, with her own signature and sense.
Individually each piece is softly enrapturing with Red Elk's gentle detailed hand, her characterization of forms and shapes, and her exacting but delicate use of color. The meticulous renderings speak of a love for her subject, while the handling of the medium shows a skill well-honed and used freely.
Together these works are completely captivating, and they surround you with songs and stories that seem to speak to each other and to you. When vistiting her small studio and seeing these works surrounding me on the walls I had the feeling I was being pulled into them, that they were taking me over, slowly but surely covering me in their blanket of stories.
I hope you can come experience her work and see what I mean, I'm sure I've only done the work injustice by trying to put into words the effect it has on the viewer.
The exhibition runs through Sunday, June 24th, with a closing reception that evening from 7-9 pm. Gallery hours are Tues- Sat: 11-3, and Second Sunday June 10th from 12-5 pm.
As always, they'll be plenty of good food, good company, and great art when you come out for Final Friday @ 1305!
See you there!