Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Prairie Girls

Recently new artwork arrived in the gallery by three local artists. These three women were all raised and still reside here in Manitoba. There is an element of prairie influence in all of their recent work.

Marlene Cowell works with acrylics on canvas, builds her own gallery wrapped stretchers and paints completely around the edges of each piece. A country girl at heart, Marlene’s paintings reflect her love of nature.

 Abandoned, 12x42 acrylic on canvas by Marlene Cowell

Cathy Sutton has been making jewelery for about 3 years. She started off making necklaces & bracelets to incorporate her own lamp-worked glass beads. Now she is metalsmithing with gold, copper and silver and working with semi-precious stones as well as lamp-worked glass. This latest leaf series incorporates a technique called repoussé as defined by Wikipedia as "a metalworking technique in which a malleable metal is ornamented or shaped by hammering from the reverse side."

Repoussé Leaf on Fused Copper Pendant by Cathy Sutton

Tara Tuchscherer's passion for the last ten years has been hand-built pottery. Surrounded by the inspiration of the Canadian prairie she tries to incorporate its beauty in each ceramic piece with the use of handmade stamps, found objects and collected weeds, grasses, leaves, and flowers from the prairies. The texture of each decorative piece is further enhanced with a variety of glazes and stains creating a truly unique piece of art. Tara's most resent series of ceramic owls are an absolute HOOT!

Moody Manitoba, ceramic by Tara Tuchscherer

Small Ceramic Owl by Tara Tuchscherer

I hope you've enjoyed and possibly learned something new from these new prairie influenced pieces of artwork.

1 comment:

Lenore @ Lather. Write. Repeat. said...

Each one is so different from each other but each is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing!


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