The holidays are a time for giving gifts of the soul. People welcome family and friends into the warmth of their homes to share memories. They donate time to help those in need, and it is a season in which everybody wishes the best for others.
In a way it is akin to the process of making art. With each piece an artist shares a bit of their unique vision. They give their time to an endeavor which inevitably makes the world a brighter place, and they impart into their work a desire to spark an emotion within the viewer.
Here at Waxlander Gallery we are honored to share some of these gifts of the soul. Our annual group holiday show “Gifts of the Holiday” is currently on display and we welcome you to come see the latest works of the more than twenty participating artists.
Join us on November 28th and again on December 26 for the receptions with some of our artists.
Paintings capture a moment in time. What the artist sees and feels are transferred to canvas. Color becomes a tool; it is light and shadow, form and void, and a guide to the viewer. Each painter speaks of the world they know in different terms. Abstracts like those of Javier Lopez Barbosa use pure hues to evoke a feeling, while Sharon Markwardt and Lori Faye Bock use animals to reflect the world through new eyes. The landscapes of Marshall Noice, Matthew Higginbotham, Patrick Matthews and Jami Tobey invite the viewer into new worlds, yet the still life works such as those by Sangita Phadke, Dominique Boisjoli, and April Deming can awaken a world of nostalgic memory. Henriette Simon Picker and Victor Arnold seem to express even the ordinary in extraordinary ways.
Sculptors bring their vision into the third dimension, and we have four participating in the show this year. Each surface, angle or curve is carefully balanced and considered, the impact on the final piece weighed. The results are works that are evocative and meaningful from multiple viewpoints. Chris Turri’s sculptures reflect the voices of native people, while the organic curves of Mike McKee’s stone works awaken a connection to something deeper within. Terrell Powell’s colorful birds are whimsical and fun, and Ann Fleming’s cast bronze pieces are playful and highlight a caring nature.
Then there are those works which are both painting and sculpture. The carved and painted plexiglass works of Christopher Owen Nelson, woven copper paintings of Suzanne Donazetti, and painted steel forms of husband and wife team Josiane Childers and Justin West, all stand in relief from the wall. As the viewer moves they are exposed to new facets and fresh ways to interact with the piece. While the collaborative painting and sculpture works from Sandy Keller and Jim Moore present a world that is both tangible and not.