Thursday, March 13, 2014
From March 11 through the end of April, the Winds Café will host an exhibition by Libby Rudolf, "
Watercolors: Color and Light." There will be a reception for the artist at the Winds on March 30 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. The exhibition is in honor of Vanessa, Libby’s sister-in-law who died last year, and twenty percent of art sale proceeds will go to Dayton Children’s Hospital. Libby is a member of the VillageArtisans co-op in Yellow Springs.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Call for Artists - The Lion and the Lamb
Open Community Art Show at Village Artisans
"March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb". As the members of Village
Artisans were discussing themes for their next Open Community Art Show, they
wondered how many different ways the very creative artists of Yellow Springs could
interpret this phrase in their work?
The challenge to all community artists is to express your vision of “The Lion and The
Lamb” in a piece of 2 or 3 dimensional work for the March/April exhibit in the Village
Artisans Lobby Gallery. All are invited to use your imagination and become part of the
next gallery show. The spring theme may be interpreted broadly.
The deadline for entries is March 1, 2014. Entry forms will be available at Village
Artisans, 100 Corry Street. They may also be found at the Arts Council Gallery,
Unfinished Creations and online at www.shopvillageartisans.com. A $10.00 entry fee is
requested and there is a 15% commission for any sold pieces.
Village Artisans will host an Artist Reception on Friday, March 21, 2014 from 6-9 pm.
There will be refreshments and fun. Exhibitors, their friends and family and the entire
community is invited to view the artwork and share snacks and a good time.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Are you still looking for something you unique for that special someone on your list? Our artisans have all been busy creating new items for the holidays. Be sure to come by the shop to see what all our talented members have been up to, like this piece by our own Nancy Mellon
To help you with your last minute shopping we're staying open later.
The shop will be open until 7 pm*
* Excluding Sun Dec 22 and Tues Dec 24 when the shop will close at its normal time.
Friday, October 4, 2013
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
I am drawn to hand building as a primary method of making. From flat slabs of clay I enjoy creating pieces with natural curves, organic forms and the richly textured surfaces found in nature; the shape of a leaf recorded like a fossil in clay, the colors of the forest floor, ancient and rich, the ivory patina of old bones, reflected in the crafted object. Because all of my pieces are hand built rather than wheel thrown, the naturally occurring irregularities that happen with clay during firing add to the the organic feel of my work.
My main body of work is made from porceline clay. Often I impress leaves and flowers into the piece and then use this natural material as a resist for the dark slip or underglaze. After bisque firing, color is added to the botanical impression, clear glaze is applied, and the piece is fired yet again creating a detailed, highly contrasted result.
Recently I have become interested in the colorful decorating technique referred to as Majolica. This style pottery is found in many cultures and each culture has a distinctive style. All are made from terra cotta clay covered with an opaque white glaze and then painted with a bright design which, when fired, becomes part of the surface. My more contemporary form of Majolica is made in this same traditional way.
I love the contrast of the brightly painted, exuberant Majolica with the more subdued and carefully arranged porceline pieces and both clay bodies, the clean, white porceline and the earthy, red terra cotta, have great appeal. Each piece stands alone as a piece of art or can also be used for serving food. All of my materials are lead free and food safe and although the porceline pieces could go in the microwave or dishwasher, the terra cotta should be hand washed.
I also enjoy the opportunity to create wood fired and barrel fired work from time to time. These ancient techniques use the direct effect of the smoke on the clay to create surfaces found nowhere else in ceramics. From time to time you will find work of this kind on my shelves as part of my Faux Bois, or false wood series.
Additional images can be found on my website www.diannecollinson.com
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Artist Statement and Bio – Libby Rudolf
I paint color and light in watercolors because it is a way to directly connect with the beauty surrounding us here in Ohio and in the world. I delight in brushing in the shapes, shadows, hues and values which make up the intricacies of a scene. Often, I go walking or bicycling to find a particularly arresting spot. If at all possible, I stay to paint outside, plein-air, because it is by far the best way to achieve immediacy and luminosity with watercolors. Somehow, the feeling of place, person or animal comes alive on my canvas if I am surrounded by their scents, sounds and movements. I’d love to paint the song of the wood thrush.
I have studied art throughout my life, first at the side of my Grandmother Lillian, then in college courses and many workshops with wonderful teachers. I currently live in Yellow Springs where I occasionally teach, lead an art group, do art residencies in the schools and endeavor to paint daily. I belong to several art organizations; Western Ohio Watercolor Society, Fairborn Art Association, Yellow Springs Arts Council. I am part of the Yellow Springs Art Studio Tour 3rd week of October and show in group as well as solo shows in our region.
“I am conscious of expressing myself by means of light or rather in light…” Matisse
“Color is where our brain and the universe come together.” Cezanne