Sunday, January 3, 2016

Dreams of the Carbon Base: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass and More

“Dreams of the Carbon Base: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass and More

Mark Galen Lucas creates works of art that are simultaneously delicate and complex.  His sculptures are intended to create an aesthetic that impacts feelings while encouraging contemplation.

Mr. Lucas is a self-taught artist who has always been interested in science, especially microbiology and anatomy. A display that he saw at the American Museum of Natural History in New York some years ago continues to inspire his work.  That display, featuring large glass recreations of organisms, propelled him to further explore different life forms in his own glass works.

Mr. Lucas is a lamp-worked glass artist, one who uses a table-mounted torch to melt and fuse glass to create his visions.  About this process he comments, “I often find myself day dreaming while working the glass rods with the torch. I am fascinated with the effects that heat, gravity and centrifugal forces have on the glass rods.” 

While forming sculptures, Mr. Lucas is continually thinking, even dreaming, of life and evolution and what the world will be like in the future. He considers the many ways that man is impacting nature now and questions the prudence of some of those actions.   He also references branching and repeating patterns in nature.   “These patterns,” he notes, “are always floating around in my head, changing and evolving, while I work.”   And while he works, he contemplates where life is headed and the effects of evolution.

“Dreams of the Carbon Base: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass and More”
Opens January 2 with an Art Walk reception from 5-8pm.
Show runs Jan.2-March 2.  Daily from 10 am to 6 pm.
Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery
502 Main St. Jerome

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Jerome Artist Holiday Show 2015

At the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery we are blessed to be artists doing that which we love. Doing what we love fosters within us feelings of gratefulness and joyfulness.  At the Jerome Co-op you’ll meet the artists themselves when you visit the Gallery.  With thirty-five members, you’ll meet interesting people and see the variety of works they create. You’ll also have options for choosing unique handmade gifts for your friends and family members this Holiday Season.
For example, Jerome resident and mosaic artist Janet Farwell has created a unique version of her mosaic pendants which are referred to as eggshell mosaics. The eggshell mosaics are embellished with alcohol ink, copper wire and copper BB’s.
Batik and mixed media artist, Marjorie Claus, likes to celebrate the holidays with unique and colorful fabrics. Her holiday table runners and silk scarves are individually hand dyed, colorful and festive. Her framed holiday batiks also acknowledge the season.
There will be a unique display of Christmas cards, Christmas ornaments, and holiday items that aren’t usually sold in the Co-op during the rest of the year. Since the Holiday Show is an opportunity for members to display and sell items that are not in their general line of works offered at the Co-op, it’s fun to see what everyone comes up with.
All of the artworks at the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery are hand made by local artists who live within the region. The Co-op is open every day of the year except on Christmas Day. For our visitors, this means they are guaranteed to meet the artists themselves when they visit and shop at the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery.
2015 “Holiday Show” runs from Dec. 4- Dec. 30, 10 AM – 6 PM Daily.
Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery          502 N. Main St.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Art of Chess and Other Things by Jim Todd

The Art of Chess and Other Things
“My father taught me both how to play chess and how to paint. At the time I didn’t know that these two activities would combine to make up a significant part of my life as an artist.”
Jim Todd began oil painting at the age of 10, under the tutelage of his father. He would often compose still lives using toys and household objects discovered in his family’s home. In 1989, while sorting through a box of childhood memorabilia, he uncovered an old plastic Renaissance-style chess set: One that he and his father used to play chess on! This enlivened Todd’s imagination as he envisioned a series of surrealistic paintings using the game of chess as a way of expressing his unique vision of the world.
Trompe l’oeil is a type of painting that creates realistic illusions of three-dimensional objects and space on flat surfaces, such as walls, ceilings, or on an artist’s canvas. The French term literally translates as “fool the eye.” Todd’s paintings are characterized by visual jokes that create tensions in the viewer’s mind between what is real and what is illusory. The Trompe l’oeil tradition became highly refined during the Renaissance period. Ironically, it was the Renaissance-style chess set from Todd’s childhood which prompted his very successful series of chess paintings. His chess series comprises some of his most successful and popular paintings, two of which were featured on the cover of “Chess Life” magazine (May, 1996). Todd feels his customers are drawn to the imaginative elements in his paintings. For example, a work may be intricately and realistically rendered, yet the situation or setting of the piece comes as a surprise to the viewer as the elements or settings seem incongruous to what the logical mind might expect. This intrigues viewers and causes them to spend more time examining the details of his work in order to resolve in their own minds what the work represents. This ability of Todd’s to “fool the eye” firmly establishes him in the Trompe l’oeil tradition.
Jim Todd’s original oil paintings have been exhibited in dozens of shows throughout the United States, and have received more than fifty awards. Todd was chosen as one of the top 100 artists for Arts in the Park’s National Art Contest, and, in 1992, he received the Artist of the Year Award bestowed by the greater St. Louis Art Association.
In addition to his popular chess series, Todd’s still life paintings have also won several Best-of-Show awards at regional art shows throughout the mid-west. Because of Todd’s skill in rendering a variety of subjects using the Trompe l’oeil tradition, delighted viewers always feel they can reach into his paintings and grasp the objects!
Todd believes that his paintings have the ability to challenge the skills and imaginations of children and adults alike. Todd reflects, “I hope that viewing my work will encourage others to explore their own imaginations. Perhaps my work will help them expand their abilities and perceptions while playing games such as chess or other games of skills. Perhaps my work will expand their own artistic endeavors, or perhaps it will simply expand how they view the world, perhaps more playfully or more creatively.” Imaginations are sure to be stirred when viewing the paintings of Jim Todd in his one-man show, “The Art of Chess and Other Things.” Please join us!
Reception for the artist: Jerome Art Walk, Sat. Oct.3, from 5-8 pm. Refreshments will be served.
“The Art of Chess and Other Things” runs Oct.2- Dec.2.