July 2 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Featured in the Thaler Gallery:"Armed", by Bill Wolff. Bill Wolff is currently an Associate professor and head of the sculpture program at Salisbury University, and beginning in July, Art Department Chair. His work in wood, metal and installation has been exhibited locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Wolff holds a BFA and an MFA in sculpture from Binghamton University and Louisiana State University. From 2005 to 2009 he lived in Japan as a Monbukagakusho scholar at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, now known as Tokyo University of the Arts, where he received an MA in wood sculpture. From 2009-2014 he lived and worked in Rochester, N.Y. where he taught 3D design at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Wolff lives in and maintains a studio in Salisbury.
Featured in the Galleria:Beverly Bassford Memorial Juried Show, all media group show. The 21st annual memorial event is named for a former Art League board member who was passionate about the need for the OC Center for the Arts. After her death in 1999, Bassford's family established a prize in her name that grew into the annual show, still sponsored by the family. Exhibit juror: Jess Cross. Pictured: Best in Show "Sirra" by Megan Burak.
In Studio E:Jonathan Nordstrom. Jonathan Nordstrom was born and raised in Michigan. Always a dreamer, he flitted and drifted through his early life. Not knowing what he wanted to do when adulthood beckoned, he joined the Air Force, where he became a firefighter. Even after becoming a part of such a literal, dramatic career, he could always be found with his head in the clouds. He met the love of his life, married her, became a federal firefighter, and bounced around the country. They settled in Maryland after their beautiful daughters arrived. He always was drawing, reading, thinking, dreaming, but would hide his work, not thinking there was a great interest in it. The single tragedy of losing his young nephew and dream changed him forever, and drew out the talent he had hidden for so long. His daughter had a difficult time sleeping, and all Jon wanted to do was be able to comfort her. After months of heartache, Jon discovered that the worst thing that can happen can have a profound effect on life, and the darkest hour can turn into a project of joy. Jon came to the conclusion he could help his daughter sleep, as well as memorialize Nathan, by writing “Sometimes Sleep”. He dove into illustrating, rediscovering his love of art, and the ability to create a fresh universe on paper.
In the Artisan Showcase:Heidi Wetzel. It all started when in April of 1997, a course in basket weaving was offered in the nearby town of Easton. Since then, I have traveled the country and attended a number of weaving workshops with well-known artists. I participate in juried shows and exhibits in five states. In the past years, I have grown from assimilating the basics to creating works of art. My beginning was in fine and traditional wicker basketry. My work ranges from traditional, sculptured, to contemporary. I am often inspired by nature and my sculptures can serve as colorful and decorative highlights for a wall, or a table. Some of my sculptures are functional, while others are purely decorative. With my 3-dimensional wall hangings I try to create “pictures” or scenes from nature. My baskets are traditional, as well as sculptured and contemporary. My work is often inspired by nature. I weave many materials that I find in nature into my baskets. I use birch, willow and cedar bark; white and black ash, reed, cane, leather, sweetgrass, seagrass, waxed linen, hand-spun yarn, and telephone wire. I adorn the baskets with shells, pine cones, acorns, sea shells, feathers, bones, and hand-crafted beads. Many of my sculptures are utilitarian; some are purely decorative. My work reflects the beauty I see in the world around me. The natural surroundings of the Eastern Shore inspire my work.
Off-Site:At the Princess Royale Oceanfront, 91st St: Jack Knight. At the Coffee Beanery, 94th St: Susan Hunsberger (pictured).
July 2 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Three locations! Meet the artists, enjoy hors d'oeuvres, and see the new exhibits by a variety of local artists, plus live music at the OC Center for the Arts. Visit our satellite galleries at the Coffee Beanery (94th St) and the Princess Royale (91st St oceanfront) for additional exhibits. FREE. All are welcome.
At the OC Center for the Arts: sculpture by Bill Wolff, the 21st annual Beverly Bassford memorial juried show, featured artists Jonathan Nordstrom, Heidi Wetzel, and our summer camp instructors.
At the Coffee Beanery: Susan Hunsberger.
At the Princess Royale: Jack Knight.