Local Artists Release New Works at 2nd Annual POP-UP Gallery Event, Saturday, November 30
A group of area artists welcomes the public to their release of recent artworks at a one-day POP-UP Gallery Event. Wendy Bale, Bill Bale and Deb Eck of Jamestown, N.Y., Karen Glosser of Chautauqua, N.Y., and Kimberly Turner of Warren, Pa., will display their works Saturday, November 30, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Sandhill Designs, 149 Frissell Road, Jamestown, N.Y.
The artists will transform the Bales’ 1880’s home into an art gallery for one day, on Small Business Saturday. Original paintings, photography and prints, woodworking, handmade books, paper arts and greeting cards will be displayed. The art will be available for immediate sale during this open house style event. Refreshments will be served.
Wendy Bale is a nature artist known for her cut paper sculptures. She also works in charcoal and various other drawing media. She will release a new series of 24 small nature-inspired cut paper sculptures for the POP-UP event. Each 6 x 6 inch shadowbox focuses on a common bond she has found with local people through the love of the wilderness. Wendy observed, “I used to think I was just trying to connect with nature as I created my art. Now I find the most joy in connecting with people through the thrill of the outdoors.”
“Sandhill” Bill Bale, an award-winning woodworker, has been building Sandhill Designs furniture for over 25 years and is best known for his work in the arts and crafts style. He will offer a limited edition of small kitchen cutting boards for the gifting season and will be on hand to explain his Arts and Crafts custom furniture. Recently Bill has explored live edge design with the addition of epoxy resin and stones creating river tables. He says that, “Hiking and kayaking the area have definitely influenced my work lately!”
British-born artist Deb Eck lives and works in Jamestown. She can often be found in her garden or out in the woods harvesting plants to make paper, or dye paper and fabric, or even to sew on. “Much of my art resurrects neglected remnants of everyday stuff,” she explains, “by bringing it back to life using traditional techniques like book binding, dyeing and printing.” Eck will present an eclectic selection of works made from paper, including one of a kind, blank, hand-bound books featuring vintage and reclaimed materials, along with linoleum prints, altered texts, artists books and works incorporating natural dyeing processes.
Fine art nature photographer Karen Glosser is excited to debut new work from two new series she has been creating: Woodlands and Wanderings, and Winter Dreams. “My work featured in this pop-up show will also include past favorites from my Soulscape Lake Erie series,” she added.
Glosser’s primary love and focus is that of exploring and capturing the beauty surrounding her home in Western New York State. She continues to test new techniques and push the limits of her camera, creating unique, painterly photographs that express the emotion and beauty of our natural world.
Warren, Pa., based artist Kimberly Turner explores various methods of art making. She will be selling original illustrations (ink and watercolor), along with prints and notecards at the POP-UP Gallery. “You may have seen some of my photographic and mixed media work recently at the Crary Art Gallery in Warren,” she noted. Her day job at Audubon Community Nature Center has inspired much of her recent artwork, as she continues to learn about the region’s ecology. The illustrations she will have for sale are studies of native wildlife; the drawing and painting process offers another level of learning about the creatures that share this landscape with us.
Sandhill Designs is at the corner of Frissell and Hwy 62, less than a mile from the Audubon Community Nature Center on Riverside Road. Audubon is also having a sale at the Blue Heron Gift Shop from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. to celebrate Small Business Saturday.
More information can be found online at www.WendyBaleArt1st.com/events , or call (814) 230-8787 or (920) 568-0333.