The Fiber Studio will hold the closing reception for its “7 Ceramic Viewpoints” as part of the Final Friday monthly art crawl. The show features multiple functional and abstract pieces from area artists. Gallery owner Marilyn Grisham says it’s an opportunity to offer a high standard of artistry at affordable prices.
“The show is a nice assortment. It’s quite diverse,” she said. “We’ve got wild designs to hang on your walls and mugs to drink your coffee from. There are some very talented folks showing, and you can see the quality and care they put into their work in each piece.”
Seven artists, all originally from Wichita, are exhibiting and selling. They include Chris Arnsdorf, Andrea Corcoran, Dan Gegan, David Long, Heather Meeds, David Self and Bruce Van Osdel. All but Gegan have previously shown at the Fiber Studio, mostly as part of group exhibitions. The display opened last month and had over 150 individual works. Grisham said it was one of her best selling shows all year.
“It’s always a good thing when people come out to support the arts community by actually buying art, and this show seems to have become a real catalyst for that,” she said. “Hopefully, we’ll continue that trend this month.”
Grisham got to know Self and Van Osdel, the organizers of the show, through her work at the gallery. She asked the two to put the show together and said she has been pleased with the result. “That’s one of the perks to being at this space,” she said. “I get acquainted with artists in such a way that I remember them and get to know their works. That makes for some great shows.”
The works themselves are varied objects and showcase an array of styles. Mugs, wine cups, glasses, serving bowls and jars line the tables of the spacious gallery. Most of the items are functional by design and can be used for serving food. Some are more decorative, though, while others are pure abstract pieces.
Arnsdorf has crafted a light-blue teapot with a telephone cord base handle. A plate mixing light and dark hues of brown sits nearby, augmented by heart shapes swimming in its center. Corcoran has constructed delicately painted drinking glasses, using a soft red tone sprinting upward from the bottom and incorporating a blue circle with varying objects in the center to intensify the cream base of the cup. Long has a multitude of simple yet elegant bowls. Gegan has creations with equal culinary compatibility. His chip and dip set is pure white with chic patterned indents in each of the five bowls.
Self has crafted an artful bowl with a black gold-like base and a bright red square in the middle. He has several similar designs, treating the plate as a canvas on which to pain instead of just a common object to decorate.
Van Osdel’s pieces are more conceptual. He has several bright pieces that immediately arrest the eye. Most are large, circular plates swirling in colors emboldened by spinning shapes or intricate objects in the middle. “Foliage With Steel” swirls green and yellow in a tornado-like fashion. Leaf-like steel shards attach to the sides. It evokes images of the changing of the seasons.
“There aren’t many potters in this area that do this sort of art so abstractly like he does,” Grisham said. “It’s in your face. You can’t miss it. The craftsmanship is very good, too.”
Grisham is proud and pleased to have such diverse talent in her gallery.
“I have a lot of respect for each of these people. Many of them are teachers, they have families, and a whole host of obligations,” she said. “Yet, they make quality art and make it available for everyone to access.”