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Round and Round Art Opening

Friday, March 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Please join us for the opening reception of “Round and Round” this Friday, March 8th from 6-9 pm

“Round and Round”

Charles Emlen
Not unlike the Futurists of the early twentieth century, Charles Emlen finds a great deal of beauty in a well-built machine. Its movement, structure and synchronization leaves him with feelings of strength and continuity. Even more than a machine’s design, he is especially interested in its implied function. A question he often asks himself is, ‘what does this thing look like it’s supposed to do’?
Instead of designing a machine that might have a particular purpose, he is drawn to building one that only appears to have a purpose; one that suggests some obscure function that may never quite reveal itself.
Exposure to the industries of the past and his work in the software and electronics industries may well be responsible for his artwork’s tendency to lean towards a kind of fictional function. He seeks to voice that fleeting sense of purpose, or, the suggestion of some yet untapped pseudo-technical methodology.  To Charles, everything is fiction, metaphor… allusion.
Lee Muslin
Intuition, a sense of play, and the joy of experimentation is the improvisational process Lee Muslin uses to create her abstract paintings. She is drawn to the freedom and challenges inherent in painting that is not based in reality, but in imagination. Much is improvised as the artwork develops. A back-and-forth between spontaneity and intention characterizes her approach. Painting in the moment, she yields to the process to unearth the painting’s potential. Then she steps back to evaluate the formal concerns of line, color, shape, and balance to influence her next move. This visual dance creates many layers of paint over line and texture with intriguing traces of what came before.
Tom Ransom
Music and nature are strong influences in Tom Ransom’s art. Working in metal provides him with a challenge to take something static and strong and transform it into an apparent weightless sculpture that captures the delicate balance of form and rhythm. He strives to create a sense of movement that incorporates not only the arc and sway of the manipulated metal, but also continues its expression through the cast shadows that dance in the background.
Susan Melrath
Susan Melrath loves to make marks and arrange them like a musician composes a song… like a chef combines flavors.
Her inspiration for her paintings comes from many places, but it often happens right in the studio sparked by play.  That is what’s happening on the surface anyway.  Below the surface is a whole different story.  The realm of the subconscious is only accessible when a painter allows for chance in her work.  Taking risks, experimenting, and playing is a part of the painting process that thrills Susan.  This is where she discovers surprises and unexpected imagery.  This is the stuff of dreams, metaphor, magic.  It unfolds when she is courageous and lets the painting tell her what it wants.  She has a conversation — she asks “this?” and it answers, “that”.  Often she doesn’t know what the painting will become until it’s close to completion.  It’s a little like having a baby.  She gently guides and responds to what appears.  Susan states “in many ways, my painting practice mirrors my life and teaches me.  I have learned from my painting practice, that life is to be experienced, not controlled.  As a colleague reminded me, ‘more painty, less thinky'”.
Monique SarkessianMonique paints in oils and encaustic wax along with charcoal, water-soluble drawing materials, and other media. She works from the joy observing nature brings to the center of her soul and she is honored to be able to share that joy of life through her artworks bringing peace into the daily world of others. It’s extremely important to her that despite what life challenges we each have, she wants to express in human experience there’s so much richness, depth, and joy that can be found no matter what our daily circumstances are. Monique wants this shared experience of joy between us to invoke empathy towards the rest of the world as we see and experience the miracle of life all around us.

Monique states “I am so grateful and humbled to make these deeper connections with you. I firmly believe that it is the beholder’s participation that makes my artwork complete. I find it profoundly humbling that the deeper connection which happens in art making is so sacred and boundless.”

Portia Mortensen
Moving from Zimbabwe, Africa to the East Coast has opened Portia up to the generosity of color offered by the seasons.  Spring heralds in longed-for warmth and flowering trees, in summer the daylilies shimmer in heat and humidity, fall sees the leaves dazzle in death, and winter purges the canvas with whiteness and brilliant light.  This every-changing suspension of color influences her painting at its core level.
Her other passion in life, dressage, is about balance, cadence, tempo, and rhythm.  All these elements are central themes of her work.  A study of the physical balance of two entities becoming one.  In riding and painting, the artist has to work through a set tonal structure and trust her instincts to find her way out of a maze of infinite possibilities.  Portia feels a painting is a living thing, and, like a horse, must be listened to.  She often considers a painting finished when she can hear it.


Friday, March 8
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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