Tuesday, 01 June 2010 11:27
Housing a wide variety of art, the fourth annual Artisans’ Guild Gallery exhibition opened today in the President’s Hall Art Gallery at Santa Fe College. The exhibition, sitting on the second floor of the Robertson Administration Building, features 44 pieces by 18 members of Artisans’ Guild Gallery.
Story and Photos by Wade Powell
Artisans’ Guild Gallery is Gainesville’s local art cooperative, a self-beneficial network of community artists and craftspeople. The art ranges from clay and metal sculpture to acrylic and watercolor paintings.
Mandy Macias’s mainly acrylic piece Unbidden Images Revealed is an attention-grabber, featured right under the Artisans’ Guild Gallery banner. It’s an astounding triptych, abstract and characterized by beautiful deep red stains over more angular shapes of black and white.
The metallic art of Mark Armbrecht is a great addition to the Guild’s variety of art forms. His piece Untitled II is a giant metal fish whose scales are really horseshoes. One of his other metal pieces, Leaves on the Rock, is more simple but elegant, with detailed copper leaves appearing on a dark slab of rock.
Nancy Gildersleeve’s wicker creations add another unique art form to the Artisans’ Guild Gallery exhibition. Using plant parts like wisteria branches, pine needles and palm fronds, she crafts intricate wicker pieces that cannot be compared to store-bought wicker products. One featured piece is a large gathering basket; another is an Easter bonnet, to which she added colorful parrot feathers.
That sounds like a lot of different kinds of art, but it doesn’t even account for half of it. Sculptor Barbara Knutson has inspired birdbaths on display, award-winning quilter Candace McCaffery’s beautiful quilts grace the walls, and there’s even a stained glass mosaic piece by Sharon Cates.
Most of the art is up for sale and ranges in price from around $150-$2,000, depending on the size of the piece. McCaffery’s small but detailed quilts are about $250, while Macias’s rather large Unbidden Images Revealed is $1,650. Some pieces, like Gildersleeve’s wicker creations and lamp work beads by Alison Dvorchik, are not for sale.
So stop by and visit the Artisans’ Guild Gallery exhibition at the President’s Hall Art Gallery, located in Santa Fe College’s Robertson Administration Building. It’s free and open to the public. The variety of intricate art is enough to please anyone, and it’s a perfect date idea. The show opened June 1 and runs until June 14. President’s Hall is open from 8am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.