Welcome New Artist
Mark Kinsella, Sam Lasris & Alicia Ortiz to LabourLove Collective
Mark KinsellaMy conception of a glass piece begins with a vague idea of color or texture. Sometimes I’ll sketch it out but often not. As I start putting it together, it takes on a life of its own and can end up being totally different than what I had in mind at the beginning. For me working with glass is a metaphor for life. When I work with glass I am reminded that life, like glass, is fragile. And that something shattered and broken into a million pieces can be recreated into something whole and beautiful again.
Mark spent the majority of his life as a photographer and in the private sector, but in 2005 discovered the art of fused glass. After starting with a small table-top kiln he quickly realized that he was meant to create larger and more complex works. Mark has continued to learn through experimentation and through local workshops and is continually developing his unique style. In 2009 he received an honorable mention and in 2011, a third place award in the Duke Employee Art Show, sponsored by the National Arts Program.
While a lot of art focuses on nature, the starting point for me is the man-made object. Almost all manufactured objects are the result of hours of deliberation, the exact shade, shape, size, weight, etc. Whether its a button, a label on a can of peas or a silicon chip, someone designed it. And yet, end users discard these items with little regard for the person who created the item or the item itself. My work primarily is based on those cast aside items, so called disposables.
“My goal is to express through the medium of glass, my passion, my growth and my voice. Mosaic is mesmerizing and I cherish everything about it, especially the opportunity it creates to connect with others as my pieces find a happy home.
My mosaics are vibrant, fun, spirited and whimsical. I use mixed media but mostly I love using glass because of the vast array of colors, textures and movement glass offers. The mosaic mirrors bring function as well as a beautiful piece of art into any space.
At times my hands can’t mosaic fast enough as ideas come to mind. The possibilities are endless which allows my work to constantly evolve and continue to excite my imagination. Thanks for letting me share it with you.”
Alicia Ortiz was born in Quito Ecuador, grew up in Queens New York, and now lives in Durham. As her 30 year corporate career came to a close, her creative career started. She is largely self-taught but has also trained to learn the history, techniques and new approaches to creative expression through mosaics.
All Events for Third Friday are Free and Open to the public from 6pm-9pm.
Artists Around Town
Slow Exposures 2013
Sept. 20th – 22ndI am honored to have one of my images accepted into the main juried exhibition of Slow Exposures 2013 and would love to see folks interested in Southern photography join me. Each year since 2003, during the last two weeks of September, SlowExposures transforms rural Pike County, Georgia, into a showcase of contemporary photography that interprets the American rural South. Pike County is only an hour from Atlanta’s Hartsfield Airport, but visitors will encounter a rolling, verdant landscape. To add context to the images, the main juried exhibition and satellite shows are always displayed in late nineteenth- century buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. The show will feature the main juried exhibition of 70 images. Opening Weekend (September 20-22) will kick off with a weekend filled with receptions, satellite exhibitions, book signings and the serendipitous connections that occur when photographers and photography lovers get together in beautiful and relaxing settings.
Nancy Tuttle May:
Nancy Tuttle May & Bruce Bowman: Interplay of Colors
Friday Opening Sept. 27, 6-9pm
New Elements Gallery
201 Princess Street
Wilmington NCBull City Craft:
Craft Supply Exchange at Bull City Craft
Sunday, September 8, 2-4pm
FREE! We are cleaning out our craft closet and getting rid of some supplies. Bring in your half pack of scrapbook paper or barely used bottle of paint and pick up some free supplies for your next project. Kids can color and play with play dough while you peruse the supplies!
Jessica Greene of Bull City Craft is teaching “Drawing and Painting Flowers and Food” at the Durham Arts Council
Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Sharon Payne will teach the basics of technique and guide you through this meditative process. You will leave with some beautiful designs!
Zentangle Basics class fee: $30, or register for Beyond Basics on October 5 and get both classes for $50
Supply fee for Basics: $20 Supply fee for both: $40
Anna earned a BFA from UNC-Chapel Hill where she studied painting with Marvin Saltzman and Richard Kinnaird. Her work is largely abstract but informed by nature. While she works in a range of media, she is currently painting with oils and oil pastels.
From the Artist:
“I am drawn to the beauty and symbolism of the horizon… I love the counterpoint on either side of this seam between earth and sky, and the tension between apparent stillness and the great energy that exists beneath the surface.”
Paradise Garden Project
The Carrack Modern Art
111 W. Parish St.
September 24th-October 5th, moving to Durham Storefront Project : October 5th
The Paradise Garden Project is a multi-media installation inspired living botanical elements and art that speaks to the bounty and beauty of planet Earth created by artists with local roots and worldly aspirations. It will be an exhibition the Carrack September 24 through October 5. However, it is also hoping to inspire a community collaborative of partnerships, ideas and exchanges inspired by the arts that can act as a prototype for other communities and future local events on similar themes about human impact on the web of life. The installation at The Carrack explores the history of cultivation and imperialism, botanical recording, the age of the marvelous, nature in decorative arts, home grown produce , the loss of our paradise through non- sustainable practices and celebrates our own local paradise. Artists will have their own 2 and 3d work and will create an onsite Paradise Garden installation inspired by traditions of Persian, Ottoman and Elizabethan gardens through history combined with a contemporary infusion of local resources local artists, student intern’s and site specific inspiration.