Four artists featured at St. Paul’s gallery
The Nicholson B. White Gallery at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2747 Fairmount Blvd., announces its fall show, Lens, Needle, Brush, Flame. At the opening artists’ reception on Friday, Sept. 8, 5–7 p.m., the participating artists—Judy Rawson (photography), Sandy Shelenberger (textiles), Maureen Lanza (paintings), and Dwight Weatherhead (glass)—will greet guests and speak briefly about their creative process. The show runs through Nov. 26.
All four artists reside in Northeast Ohio. Judy Rawson has been a longtime resident of Shaker Heights. When she is behind her camera lens, Rawson gravitates to simple things, looking for beauty of pattern and line, moody lighting, and interesting or ironic juxtapositions. Her works here include urban architecture, historical sites, and a selection of stunning landscapes. Rawson turned to photography to help her see the world in fresh and distinctive ways. Featured here is a variety of her original images, some which have not been exhibited before.
Sandy Shelenberger, from Conneaut, has an extensive background in textiles, surface design, and quilt making. She is interested in the interplay of pattern and texture, as can be seen in her handmade pieces. Recently she has been exploring encaustic artwork. She teaches art and surface design techniques around the eastern parts of Cleveland, and works to empower others through art and the creative process.
Painter Maureen Lanza, of University Heights, started in watercolors, mainly painting house portraits. A lover of flowers, Lanza changed her focus and switched to oils and acrylics to add a new dimension to her work. She uses bold, brilliant colors in her modern paintings of flowers, abstracts and still lifes. Her colorful paintings convey a positive and exuberant mood for viewers.
Dwight Weatherhead, of Cleveland Heights, has set the goal for himself of trying out a variety of media. This show features pieces from his glassblowing period. Glassblowing has provided an exciting and creative challenge for him. It is physically demanding and the molten material requires a special artistic balancing act. He strives to create pleasing shapes, without overworking the glass beyond that point. His pieces are beautifully formed and his application of color joins together with shape. Weatherhead’s glass works are both functional and decorative.
Everyone is welcome at the opening reception. The gallery is open weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on weekends, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Artists receive all proceeds from the sale of their work.
Robin Outcalt is a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.