St. Paulís winter art show features adventurous artists and experimental media

Ceramic and metal object by Todd Leech and Stephanie Craig.

The Nicholson B. White Gallery at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2747 Fairmount Blvd., announces its winter show, Spaces/Places/Structures. The show opens with an artists’ reception on Friday, Dec. 4, 5–7 p.m., where participating artists will be in attendance to greet guests and discuss their creative processes. The show runs through Feb. 28.

Featured artists are Todd Leech and Stephanie Craig in collaboration (clay), Susan Griffith (photography), Rita Schuenemann (oil on canvas) and Dawn Tekler (encaustic wax).

Stephanie Craig and artist/husband Todd Leech maintain a ceramics studio, Hectic Studio, in Cleveland. In addition to pursuing their individual studio practices, they often work collaboratively on projects. Most recently, Craig and Leech completed collaborative sculptures for a two-person exhibition at Kent State University. Together, they seek to push the limits of ceramic materials to innovate, experiment and explore the possibilities of the medium.

Susan Griffith’s images begin with cardboard shapes or textures that provide the image’s scaffolding onto which other photographs are added until something new and original appears and emerges into focus, much like a regular photograph in the lens of the camera. The final image becomes the starting point for the observer to construct his or her own story about what should come before and after. 

Rita Schuenemann strives for a dynamic relationship among color, line, shape and space and is interested in patterns of color which she weaves into her paintings. She works in oil on canvas because she loves the buttery fluidity of oils and the "give" of the canvas. Her paintings are a colorful celebration of ordinary, everyday life, and her inspiration comes from our daily surroundings—nature, architecture, still life or people.

Dawn Tekler’s encaustic series is an experimental departure from her conventional photography. Through the layering of wax, adding color and texture, she aims to create an environment that allows viewers to bring to the work their own stories.

All are welcome at the opening reception. The gallery is open weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The artists receive all proceeds from the sale of their work.

Mary Cushing

Mary Cushing is a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 10:47 AM, 12.01.2015