Tuesday, October 26, 2010

November: Chapman, Idlet, Gardner, Bohn

Join us First Thursday November 4th from 5-8pm at the Fayetteville Underground for another exciting month of all new exhibitions!

Megan Chapman will debut all new paintings created in 2010 in her latest exhibition Falling into Sound in the Hive Gallery. Duane Gardner will present his latest works the the Revolver gallery in his exhibition entitled Looking for the Broadcaster. These will be the premier exhibitions for Megan Chapman and Duane Gardner in the Underground galleries, since having their studios within. Dana Idlet will be presenting new works in her exhibition Six Miles Down a Dirt Road, in the Vault Gallery. Cheri Bohn will be the featured artist in the E street gallery, presenting her whimsical stained glass and wood works. All exhibitions will be up through November 27th.

We will sink to the bottom of the ocean together
© 2010 Megan Chapman

Megan Chapman
Falling into Sound
Hive Gallery

Megan Chapman's exhibition Falling into Sound features all new work created during 2010.Falling into Sound will debut in the Hive Gallery at the Fayetteville Underground during the month of November. Megan Chapman is better known for her richly colored mixed media paintings on canvas and paper, while this work is more minimalist in nature, with a near monochromatic palette comprised of various tones of dark charcoal, translucent shades of blue, yellow, rust, and the occasional flash of green. As the title suggests, Chapman's works are greatly influenced by the music she listens to while painting. These paintings are quiet and meditative but also buzzing with layers of subtle colors and texture. Along with her works on canvas, Chapman will be showing the Manual for Living : A ten page guide. This "book" will never be bound but will be shown in sequential order, always to remain together. Each page its own chapter, the viewer will “read” this work starting with the wordless prologue, the eight pages in between with their text, and concluding with a wordless epilogue.This work explores themes of love and loss mixed into a poetry of longing.

Megan Chapman was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She received her B.F.A. in painting from the University of Oregon. Chapman has shown her paintings over the past fifteen years in galleries in Arkansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Washington State and Washington D.C. Most recently a collaborative painting by Chapman was exhibited in the Liverpool Independents Biennial in Liverpool England. Chapman's work has appeared in various publications and is held in numerous private collections nationally as well as internationally. For more information about her work please visit her website www.meganchapman.com and her studio blog www.meganchapman.blogspot.com

© 2010 Dana Idlet

Dana Idlet
Six Miles Down a Dirt Road
The Vault Gallery

I see lines everywhere, in rocks, maps, veins, roots, cuts of fish, petals, and leaves. My interest in lines sparked ideas of representing growth drought, scars, time lines, and personal history in the tree rings. Like trees, people extend themselves, move toward light, branch, are marred, go without, and heal. The parallels have moved me. By drawing imagined rings and lines,some more realistic than others, I have begun to draw connections between recorded human experience and the histories revealed in what seem on the surface to be simple cross sections
of cedar.

© 2010 Duane Gardner
Duane Gardner
Looking for the Broadcaster
The Revolver Gallery

This series of paintings is about exploring mark-making, about returning to the artistic control, or lack thereof, one had as a child. I find the expressive quality of children’s art work curious and interesting because of the lack of control. I like to think of it as returning to the innocence of mark-making. There is also something about the immediacy of drawing that I enjoy and attempt to make happen in the paintings.

Along with mark-making, I also allow the history, or process, of the work to be seen. In my style of working, I continually edit the piece, adding and subtracting paint, lines, shapes, as I am working. The viewer can see the decisions that I made to achieve the final product, the evidence of solving the problem. But it also makes the viewer wonder what may be going on underneath the images they see. I hope to show the viewer the questions and answers that presented themselves throughout the process of the piece.

Ultimately for me, the process of creating the work is where the enjoyment lies. I do not attempt to paint from emotion or experience. I think more along the lines of color and composition. I wish the viewer would see something new or different each time they looked at one of my pieces, letting the painting evoke emotion.

©2010 Cheri Bohn

Cheri Bohn
The Ascension
The E Street Gallery

I am a 38 year old mother of three. I have been interested in the arts since the first grade when I learned about Van Gogh’s ear. I grew up in Texas and graduated from The University of North Texas with a Bachelor in Fine Arts. My family and I moved to the Ozark Mountains in 1999. I had grown up on 20 acres and it was great getting back to nature. I have been working with stained glass for fifteen years.In 2002, I was inspired to add glass and pure crystal balls to the unique tree roots that were on our land.

I give the tree respect and preserve its beauty. The hearts of the tree, the roots are rarely seen. Like the human spirit, these masterpieces are often overlooked. After being introduced to Andy Goldsworthy’s work in 1997 he has been a major influence in my work. My sculptures express the communion we need to have with nature, to work as one.

I recycle dead tree roots that would normally be burnt or rot away. As an artist, I surrender most of the design principles to the tree. The natural designs in the wood are so amazing. Some of the roots take the shape of something like dragons or butterflies; that I bring out with stained glass wings. Others end up being abstract pieces. Most of these can be mounted onto the wall bringing nature into the homes and businesses in a way that has never been seen before.

My work has been evolving over the years. It expresses the fusion between humans and nature. The balance we need to have. Nature has greatly affected me and should be respected in every way.

As always there are open studios to tour, work in progress to see, and artists to meet. There will be new work by the talented underground studio artists in the back Vault gallery and the fine crafts you have come to expect in the E Street Gallery.

Once again this is all a part of the cultural amenity that is the visual arts on the First Thursday of every month at the Fayetteville Underground on the Fayetteville Square from 5-8p.m. After the reception be sure to come back and visit the galleries during our regular business hours of W-F 12-7 and Sat 10-5.

Tell your friends and see you there!
The exhibitions will remain up through November 27th.

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

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