Homeland Security/Caged Memories

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Image above: Nestitag Abortigo by Mary Jane Edwards from the Caged Memories series. Multi-media; 6″ x 8″ x 4″

Mary Jane Edwards’ multi-media pieces demonstrate sensitive use of materials to convey strong ideas. These thought-provoking pieces utilize metaphor and symbolism, inviting the viewer into a deeper investigation of universal themes. Familiar and challenging at once, these pieces offer a viewers a reflection on the world around us as it changes. Responding to current events, they remind us that one of the key reasons to look at art is to interpret and consider the world around us through a variety of lenses.

This exhibit is at Clay Paper Scissors for the months of August and September with Artwalk openings on August 11 and September 8, both from 5-8 PM. Mary Jane Edwards will be present at both Artwalks.

Biography for Mary Jane Edwards:

No stranger to the West, former art department head and professor of Art Emerita at the University of Wyoming Mary Jane Edwards is Executive Director of the Jentel Foundation on a working cattle ranch near Banner, Wyoming, where she welcomes visual artists and writers to an artists’ residency on a working cattle ranch. As an officer and board member, she has supported arts and advocacy organizations such as the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, the American Craft Council, the National Association of Arts Administrators and the National Campaign for Freedom of Expression. As a studio artist, she has had numerous exhibitions, received institutional grants, and presented workshops and lectures.  A passion for global travel in pursuit of culture shock makes her dream of filling a passport before it expires a reality. Born in DuQuoin, IL, Mary Jane grew up in Wichita Falls, TX and received her BA in studio art from the University of Dallas. She completed both MA and MFA degrees in ceramics at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb and taught ceramics in Rochester, NY, before moving to Laramie. Mary Jane spent summer vacations camping in Yellowstone and traveling in Wyoming from the age of five through graduate studies and then returned frequently to camp on her own.

Image below: Lukto by Mary Jane Edwards from the Homeland Security series. Mixed media. 9″ x 10″ x 11″

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Light & Pressure

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Trio by Rede Ballard. Oil and Monoprint. 20 x 30

These luminous landscapes, mostly of northern Wyoming in the Cody and Crook County areas, are intriguing combinations of precise oil painting and the surprises generated by monoprinting. Rede Ballard combines these two processes to develop images full of light with skies as fascinating as those we see daily in Wyoming.

Rede Ballard is a native of Wyoming currently living in Gillette.

 

In The Garden

IMG_4142.JPGIn the Garden opened on April 14, 2016 and will run through May of 2016. We are delighted to have thirteen artists participating! The majority are from Cheyenne and the list includes:

The show follows our tradition of showing a wide range of artwork, in this case with a garden theme. We have everything from paintings and collages inspired by gardens to bird houses, feeders and pots for planting, with mugs, plant stakes, and sculpture in between.

In the Garden: Call for Entries

Clay Paper Scissors Gallery & Studio will have a garden themed show for April and May. This could be artwork made for use in or for decorating the garden, or work featuring gardens of all kinds. It can be realistic or abstract. We would like to emphasize items made for use in the garden or with plants, but are open to ideas. Surprise us!

If you would like to be considered for inclusion in this show, please send a few images or a website link that gives a sense of your work on the theme along with your name and phone number to claypaperscissors@gmail.com by March 15 or sooner. Selected work would need to be delivered by April 5.

Clay Paper Scissors retains a 30% commission on all work sold during exhibits. Payment is made at the end of the show. 

Openings for the show will be April 14 and May 12 from 5-8 PM. Artists are encouraged to attend if possible. The show comes down at the end of May, and any unsold work will be returned at that time.

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing your work.

Mark Ritchie: Prints

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Above: Naturalized Grazer II, woodcut by Mark Ritchie.

Currently on exhibit now are prints by Mark Ritchie. Featuring horses, the work is by turns bold and delicate, using line that seems almost hastily sketched until, looking at it, it is obvious that every line is carefully chosen. Pieces range from large scale such as 4′ by 4′ and 6′ by 3’on fabric and tyvec to intimate looks. A highly versatile printmaker, Ritchie uses woodcuts and intaglio methods in these prints.

The exhibit will be up through March 2016. Openings will be February 11 and March 10 from 5-8 PM and other hours as advertised. We are always open by appointment, usually fairly quickly (same day); please call or email to arrange.

Holiday Show

Opening today is a new show with multiple artists. With everything from large and small paintings to jewelry, driftwood bowls and pedestals, scarves, and pottery, there’s something for everyone! It’s a great opportunity to shop local and handmade for the holidays. The artist lineup includes:

Reading by David Romtvedt at Clay Paper Scissors

David Romtvedt, an award winning author, former Wyoming Poet Laureate, and musician, will visit Clay Paper Scissors Gallery & Studio on October 18 at 7PM. This event will include a reading from his new novel Zelestina Urza in Outer Space, discussion about Basque history, and the performance of Basque music on the trikitixa accordion and the violin by Romtvedt and his daughter Caitlin Belem.

His latest novel Zelestina Urza in Outer Space follows the lives of two women in northern Wyoming­-a Basque immigrant and a half Cheyenne, half Arapaho orphan. The author’s sharply humorous style, full of pop and literary references, blends the historical and magical into an engaging conversation with the reader. Zelestina Urza is a piercing look at the American West of the 20th century, showing two women, one immigrant, one native, both outsiders from the traditional narrative of Manifest Destiny.

Romtvedt’s books of poetry include Certainty, How Many Horses, Some Church and A Flower Whose Name I do Not Know which won the National Poetry Series award. His work has been selected for the Pushcart Prize and for two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, one in poetry and the other an international fellowship in poetry and music. He is a recipient of a Wyoming Arts Council literature fellowship and the Wyoming Governor’s Arts Award. Romtvedt serves as faculty member in the MFA program for writers at University of Wyoming. He is a founder and current board member of Worlds of Music, a foundation devoted to giving people the opportunity to participate in the making of music from cultures around the world.  With the Fireants he has produced three recordings: It’s Hot (About Three Weeks a Year), Bury My Clothes, and Ants On Ice. The music is influenced by Cajun and Creole music of Louisiana, by Conjunto music of Texas, by the African American string band tradition of the North Carolina Piedmont, and by the coastal musics of northern Colombia.

Caitlin Belem performs with the Fireants as well as with the Seattle based group Maracujá which plays Cuban, Brazilian, and Colombian son, samba, forro, cumbia, and bossa nova.  With her father she also plays traditional Music of the Basque Country.

This event is made possible by the University of Nevada Center for Basque Studies with support from the Johnson County (Wyoming) Library Foundation, the Caitlin Long Excellence Fund, the University of Wyoming English Department, and the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, a program of the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources.

At the End of the Rainbow

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At the End of the Rainbow opens August 13, 2015 during Art Design & Dine from 5-8 PM. Artist Chino Zhao, a visiting scholar from China spending the year in Laramie, created these new works in the University of Wyoming print shop. He’s been experimenting with intaglio printmaking techniques and playful political content.

Following is a statement about the show written by Mark Ritchie, University of Wyoming printmaking professor:

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”    Mark Twain

“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving”                                       Lao Tzu 

 “Chino”, Qian Zhao, has used this year in Wyoming on a Chinese Council Fellowship as a time of examination of self, home, and to improve language skills and learn about others.  At home, in Guangzhao, China, Chino teaches silkscreen and works primarily with silkscreen and painting.

The body of work produced in Wyoming represents an exploration with less familiar intaglio processes.  The initial images are developed, drawn, on his computer in a manner not unlike the early stages of how he develops a silkscreen.  The digital information is then photographically transferred to a copper plate and he continues to refine the image on the plate.  The intaglio printing process requires that ink be pushed into incisions and crevices on the intaglio plate and then forcefully applied to paper as it is run through the press.  This is very different from the gentle stenciling process of silkscreen.  As Chino’s work with intaglio has continued, he has embraced some of the unique qualities of the intaglio process and has explored not only the editioning of images, but produced unique images through specific ink application, layering of ink, or manipulation of pressure.  Creating monoprints is less common in China and more prevalent in western approaches to printmaking.  Letting go of media “rules” is breaking cultural expectations and is not simple.

Chino’s choice of process directly speaks to the imagery of the bills he references.  Most world paper currencies are engravings and intaglio printed. Chino’s manipulation of the bills questions how economies are connected and addresses recent and current political interactions of China and the U.S.  These are important and difficult questions, but presented playfully and quietly.  How this work is understood in the U.S. may be very different from how they are interpreted by a Chinese audience.

Perhaps my favorite works are the images that allow the men we associate with familiar national currency to leave their paper frames and interact.  Ben Franklin and Mao echo Chino’s own adventures and friendships.  Will George and Mao race that big car and the motorcycle?  Who will win?  Mao’s portrait on George Washington’s mantle are evidence of a friendship – a kindness and respect between two men who live on very different pieces of paper.   Providing iconic portraits the means to escape expectations, to travel, can only produce “broad and charitable views of men and things”.  Mark Twain would be proud.

At the End of the Rainbow will continue through September 2015, and have a second opening on September 10 from 5-8 PM.

Wyoming Complements

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Lynn Newman’s paintings grace the walls of Clay Paper Scissors Gallery for the next two months. The glowing colors and strong sense of movement in these landscapes is a never ending treat for the eyes.

We open next Thursday, June 11, from 5-8 PM. Lynn will be there to talk to people about his work. See you there!

Additionally, we plan to be open more this summer! Lynn will be at the Gallery doing demonstrations the following Saturdays from 1-4 PM:
June 20
June 27
July 11
July 18
July 24

In The Garden

on this snowy day it makes me happy to think about the current show we have up, In the Garden. Featuring work by several Cheyenne and Laramie artists, it reminds me of what is to come: flowers, warmth, time outside.

We are open by appointment and on May 14 from 5-8 PM and also by serendipity.