(We asked Kathleen Krucoff to be a guest blogger for us and to talk about her show with Jo Gaston--Botanical Expressions.)
On May 20th, the Botanical Expressions Exhibit opens at Commonwheel Artists Co-op in Manitou Springs, CO. and runs through June 13th.
My Chasing & Repoussé art jewelry and Jo Gaston's watercolor paintings will be displayed with our interpretations of elements in nature that we find most beautiful. In some cases we discussed having works that were of the same subject matter such as acorns and aspens. Of course there will be others that embody our love of a particular species.
This is the first time I have prepared and submitted a proposal with a particular theme. Both Jo & I are extremely grateful to Commonwheel Artists Co-op for providing not only the opportunity, but the venue for an exhibit of this kind. Earlier this year, Commonwheel remodeled and their Creekside Gallery room is perfect for visiting artists like Jo and myself to display our works.
As I prepared, I envisioned demonstrating the many diverse art jewelry forms that can be created through the ancient art of Chasing & Repoussé. With that thought in mind, I also wanted to show the different types of metal I can incorporate into my work. Although the majority of my work in this show is in sterling silver, I was able to utilize steel with fused gold and Japanese alloys like Shibuichi and Shakudo.
As an artist, I am always looking for ways to challenge myself. Doing a show of this nature pushes one to be even more creative. Prior to getting ready for this event, my main focus with Chasing & Repoussé has been creating cuffs. The canvas for that type of jewelry is larger and gave me a lot of freedom to express my organic style.
However, I was able to create a new body of work for this exhibit. To my surprise and delight, I discovered how completely Chasing & Repoussé lent itself to creating delicate works with minute details. The metal moved beautifully and I was thrilled to discover all I envisioned coming to life.
My belief is anytime you step outside of your comfort zone, something wonderful will happen. In this case, fresh ideas, new work and friendships are just the start of the positive impact this event has already had on my life and my work.
I hope that you will be able to join us for this unique, insightful visual display of the thoughtful reflections of two artists.