Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Matters of Consequence: January 2010

Please Join us Thursday Jan 7th. from 5-8pm for Fayetteville Underground's first Thursday opening reception. You really do not want to miss this show!
The Fayetteville Underground starts 2010 with a bang!

The month of January features two exciting new exhibitions.

Revolver Gallery : Christopher Baber, Michael Shaeffer = Pedigree
"Matters of Consequence"

Christopher Baber and Michael Shaeffer = Pedigree
photographed by Thomas Petillo

After five years of working together; Hot Springs, Arkansas art duo Pedigree will be showcased in the Fayetteville Underground's Revolver gallery. Pedigree is the collaborative art of Christopher Baber and Michael Shaeffer.

In 2004, Shaeffer was living in New York, and Baber was running VS. Art Gallery in downtown Hot Springs. In the Spring of that year, a chance encounter occurred for the two at the Coachella music festival in Indio, California, where they were formally introduced by a mutual friend. Shortly after meeting, Shaeffer came down from the Empire state to show at Baber’s gallery, and a few months later; Baber moved to New York with Shaeffer and the two began working together. In 2006, they were asked to show at the 404b Gallery in Hot Springs. In 2007, they both returned to the Spa City and opened the short lived Nobrow Gallery, a gallery focused on the works of local young talent they felt were not receiving proper exposure from the art community they called home.

“Matters of Consequence”, the latest Pedigree project, will feature solo works by both artists as well as their collaborations. Baber’s work is described as schematics of the human experience; by creating drawings loosely based on time lines and electrical schematics, he creates a visual representation of abstract concepts such as love, jealousy, hate, loss, elation as well as others. The result is jumbled and chaotic, while still being coherent. His work hosts an intentional array of colors, lines, circles and shapes. Each color, line or shape, representing a moment in time, or a connection he has with the world around him.

Shaeffer’s work began as fashion-based illustration dealing with the concepts of personal identity, and the influences of American popular culture within his surroundings. Recently his work has taken a turn to more personal interests, such as the idea of potential within oneself as well the town he calls home. By starting each work with geometric patterns he shows the concept of possible potential and how it can be used for beauty or simple escapism.

The combination of the two leads to what some have called an attempt to create an emotional blueprint, a constant search for some understanding within their lives, and their environment.

Pedigree © 2009

Hive Gallery: Nationally Recognized Potter Don Nibert

The glowing works of artist Don Nibert have earned him national recognition. Each elegant pot he makes is a portrait of flame. In addition to many other awards, his work earned him an Arkansas Arts Council Fellowship, $5000.00, in 1995.

“I moved here to join a documentary film company. “We intended to shoot films with anthropological themes, travel the world and only come back to collect the money. “When it didn’t pan out, I didn’t intend to stay. But I fell in love, found people to play music with (I still play with) and discovered this is a powerful place to be.

In a previous life, 1970 to 1973, he was a math major studying computer science at the University of Missouri at St. Louis. Nibert continued college at the University of Arkansas. He wanted to teach elementary school, but once again his plans did not pan out. The class ‘Public School Art’ was a required course, in that class he found his way to the clay studio and his real work.

He spent most of his remaining college hours taking clay courses. His second semester in pottery he did his first show, Natchitoches, La., “I made money selling my Homework”, he says.

Don Nibert has lived in Fayetteville for thirty three years, twenty two of those years as a Studio Potter. He sells at Juried Art Shows all over the country. This upcoming show will be a rare opportunity view and aquire Nibert's work.

Vessel © Don Nibert

The Fayetteville Underground is thrilled to bring you the best from the cutting edge Hot Springs' art scene and this rare exhibition of Don Nibert's work and as always there are open studios to tour, work in progress to see, and artists to meet. Also there will be group exhibitions of the talented underground studio artist's in the Vault gallery and the fine crafts you have come to expect in the E Street Gallery. Don't forget to visit the fabulous DDP gallery as well. Once again this is all a part of the cultural amenity that is the visual arts on the First Thursday of every month on the Fayetteville Square from 5-8p.m.

Tell your friends and see you there!

The Fayetteville Underground
Basement of One East Square Plaza
East side of the Historic Fayetteville Square.
Fayetteville, AR
Gallery Hours W-F 12-7pm
Saturday 10-5pm
4 galleries: Open Studios

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Steve Moore: Memorial

The Fayetteville Underground mourns the passing of photographer Steve Moore. We are grateful for all he has given the community with his art, and are pleased we were able to share his Fayetteville Panarama project with the community this past September.

A memorial service will be held at St Paul’s Episcopal Church community room in Fayetteville today, this Saturday, Dec. 19 from 2 – 4 pm.

In lieu of flowers, Moore’s family is requesting that donations be made to the Steve Moore Memorial Fund (in care of Sadie Moore) at the Bank of Fayetteville.

Here is a nice piece that was written about Steve Moore and posted by the Fayetteville Flyer. Steve will be missed.

Here is the press release from Steve Moore's exhibition this past September:

Castle in the Park © Steve Moore

In the Hive gallery we have long time Fayetteville craftsman and photographer Steve Moore and his exhibition, A Panoramic Project. Moore’s photographic style is a culmination of his early film photography, influenced by Ansel Adams, and his more recent investigations of panoramic images using contemporary digital processes. His early film photography, documenting village life in Mexico, will be included in this exhibition along with his more recent documentary photographs of Fayetteville's changing landmarks over the past several years.

Moore's work is first inspired by light; illuminating from within a building or reflected off or around a structure. Whether you recall a location of Moore’s image as it once appeared or you come to it for the first time, you are left with a haunting sense of human intervention; the composition of a place and the artist's will to reveal a theatrical sense of time and light during a moment. This exhibition is curated by Leilani Law.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

December: Art for the Holidays

Fayetteville Underground:
First Thursday December 3rd 5-8pm - Art for the Holidays

Join us first Thursday to celebrate the opening of Art for the Holidays. This month we will feature fun, affordable works of original art created by our Fayetteville Underground artists. A variety of works will be shown from painting, mixed media, collage, and photography; to jewelry, ceramics, custom blown glass chandeliers and unique vessel sinks. Come find your perfect gift. December will also feature a fun and colorful suspended art installation by Fayetteville artist Garrett Hunt.

A taste of what some of our studio artists will be offering:

William Mayes Flanagan currently has smaller paintings that are framed, matted and ready to hang for only $110. So if you love his moody blue watercolor worlds, you may find one that is just right for you. He will also have a selection of medium sized works in the $400 price range.

Leilani Law has been hard at work to bring you an exciting selection of new small works. Elegantly framed 8x10" oil and acrylic paintings for only $150 along with a selection of mixed media works on wood panel in the $150-200 range. Leilani will also have a selection of drawings for $200. These new works have an urgency, design and color combination that is very alluring. I have been very excited when I have popped into Leilani's studio and catch her working on these new pieces.

Jennifer Libby Fay is one of our newest studio artists and we are very excited about her addition to the group. In this new series of mixed media collages Jennifer is exploring the colors and textures created by working with many layers, some opaque; some translucent. Each piece is created from a thought or a question. For instance, when she was making “So They Say,” Jennifer was thinking of all the things we tell ourselves “They” say--which we believe for awhile--and then we have a revelation because it turns out “They” were totally wrong. The pieces are small, sizes—up to 5x9" unframed, and range is price from $25.00 to $75.00.

Kelly Booker (Kelly Price-Colston) is the queen of affordable and especially unique smaller works. She has a whole new selection of works with prices and sizes suited for your art buying needs and tastes. This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase Kelly's work.
Did you know that Kelly Booker...
• is a member of the arkansas artist registry [kelly price-colston]
• has two upcoming publications [Sew Somerset Mixed Media and We Feel Fine, a book about visiting human emotions from sources around the web]
• has shown in Pittsburgh, Chicago and Houston, Art Market, Art Amiss 8, and had a successful solo show in FU Vault Gallery.

Jan Gosnell has provided a large selection of works for your enjoyment, that according to Jan are "for the most part are 16x20" acrylic paintings on canvas, the subject matter being the figure as well as "unstill" still lives." He will also have 18x24" figure drawings available for sale. His holiday themed paintings take it to a whole new level. Do not miss them!

There are more wonderful and fun works by Dana Idlet, a selection of $50.00 works by Gregory Moore, and a new selection of small paintings by Basil Seymour-Davies, and last but not least, talented new comer to the Underground, Sabine Schmidt's wonderful photographs.

And of course the E Street craft artists have great gifts starting at less than twenty dollars; just perfect for your gift giving this Holiday season. It looks great in the Revolver gallery as the fine crafts have been combined along side the studio artist's work and it just makes the gallery come alive.

This is a cash and carry show as well, meaning you can pay for it when you see it and take it home! Purchasing original art is easy at the Fayetteville Underground. Just contact anyone wearing a name badge, and we will be happy to facilitate your sale, we have two sales offices located in the E Street and Revolver Gallery. Cash, Check, and Major credit cards are accepted.

As always there are open studios to tour, work in progress to see, and artists to meet. Don't forget to visit the fabulous DDP gallery as Dede Peter's presents her artist's 3rd annual small works show. It is all a part of the cultural amenity that is the visual arts on the First Thursday of every month on the Fayetteville Square from 5-8p.m.

Enjoy this quick tour of the Fayetteville Underground: Just a taste of what you will see. Can't wait to see you all out at First Thursday.

December Preview: Fayetteville Underground. from Megan Chapman on Vimeo.

Fayetteville Underground
One East Center Street
East side of the Fayetteville Square.
Fayetteville, AR
Gallery Hours W-F 12-7pm
Saturday 10-5
4 galleries: Open Studios

The Fayetteville Underground Galleries will have extended hours on Saturday from 10am to 5pm