Columbia Art League Encourages Viewers To Give Artistic Giveaways | National entertainment
Each holiday season, the Columbia Art League adorns its walls with abundant beauty – and asks viewers to consider how blessed it is to give beauty.
Give the Gift of Art, an annual exhibition, focuses on CAL member artists and works that could make particularly meaningful gifts. The show is packed with goodness, and here are some of the coins – and types of gifts – in it:
3D work always plays an important role in CAL exhibitions. Rooms with real function, or those that refresh a space with their presence, offer quirky options. Tables, bowls, necklaces and vessels practically reach the viewer.
This time, “Acoma Gourd” by Carla McFarland presents a rich unity of patterns, colors and shapes. Norm Anderson marries formal and fantastic qualities in the mesmerizing “Vulcan Vault” metalwork.
Steve Epstein’s charming tastefully sculpted “Canon D Music Box” promises sweet and simple moments. And, in a beautiful balance between craftsmanship and narrative, Jamie Carey-Humphreys’ clay vessel “The Holding Branch” suggests both a utility in the present and a deeper, more mysterious origin.
Gifts for those who really welcome winter
Several pieces of the show speak to the hearts of those who wish to embrace, and not escape, the cold to come.
Dave Walker’s multimedia work “Trekking” shows a slow parade of four people, umbrellas raised and unfolded to shield themselves from the gray and white weather, while the detailed photograph of Diana Hallett’s “Ice Buttons” reveals what these travelers could do avoid.
The union of nature – even, or above all, in the midst of the elements – is revealed through David Frech’s beautiful photograph of a “blue jay in the snow”. The paintings of winter scenes reveal the splendor of the season and arouse an inner warmth; these include Dola Haessig’s Christmas-adorned “Village of Windsor Train Platform”, Linda Hoffman’s majestic, muted watercolor simply titled “Winter” and Linda Rubin’s magnificent “Through the Woods” in which a red barn sounds on white like a different type of oasis.
Other eye-catching pieces in the exhibit include Ramsay Wise’s ever-enveloping abstract style, expressed through the spray paint and acrylic job “# 50 Cracks”. Area superlative artist Kate Gray offers “Dancing in the Rain,” a moving exercise of lines and colors with some of the deepest blues imaginable.
Always vibrant in both aesthetic and subject matter, Brandy Tiemann’s painting “Little Salty” features a woman tying knots for the sake of her pretzel shop.
A romantic sensibility accompanies Carrie Yonley’s black and white photograph “Nostalgia of El Train Station, Chicago”, every inch of the image testifying to years of mission made up of one day and one passenger at a time. Jami Knight’s painting “Seeking the Ineffable” documents the gathering of spiritual seekers as they move through the gray field of the plane of image – and of knowledge.
And Deni Cary Phillips reminds us of what was, and will still be, through a photograph of “Autumn on MKT Connector”.
Also showing: Terre et Patchwork
Although distinct from Give the Gift of Art, Rachel Deutmeyer’s remarkable Land and Patchwork exhibit – shown in the gallery hallway – deserves attention. The photographer captures distinctly Midwestern scenes, each set in Iowa, then breaks the plane down into geometric shapes. Each image calls the viewer to consider the relation of parts to a whole, and beyond mere form, how everything and everyone we see is connected in some way or another.
Give the Gift of Art remains on display until January 6; Land and Patchwork is available until January 3. Both can be viewed in person or online at https://columbiaartleague.org/.
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