As the brisk breeze of fall begins to blow and the leaves dress up in their copper and gold this ceramic lidded vessel by West Virginia artist, Doug Jackson follows suit. With its unique lid decorated in twisted wire and its classic rounded form it’s sure to impress. The balance of heavy and light, and rough and smooth creates a harmonious blend as the light dances on the surface of the Raku-fired vessel. “Arms Up” reflects the natural cycle of autumn, not only in color and form but in the process and materials that it’s created with.
“I've always looked to raw forms of texture with variances in materials. Clay goes wonderfully with wood, wire, even stone and glass, so the glazing style known as "Raku" was a logical choice for me. Its primal nature is what drew me to it. Being born, literally, from fire and ash is something few ceramic forms can claim to originate from. I work towards forms which tend to possess an almost Asian personality...blended with a rustic abrasive cohesive quality.” -Doug Jackson
Doug Jackson’s “Arms Up” as well as other similar pieces by Doug Jackson can be found in Tamarack’s “Signature” exhibition, on display now through September 22nd. What better way to kick off fall than to stop by and see this and many other wonderful pieces by West Virginia artists!
Acrylic on Canvas
“I am fascinated with distortion, especially abstracted shapes found in reflections. Since I like layers, I am using transparent objects in order to see into and through them, and how they affect each other. To personalize my work, I am using objects that were previously owned by family members; some were useful, some held precious items, and many were gifts as reminders of special events.”- Janet Parker
Janet Parker, a retired art teach in Kanawha County, WV, chooses to feature not only objects in her still life paintings but the history that comes along with these object. The green elephant shown in this piece “Five Apples and a Green Elephant” was originally a gift from her father to her mother on their first date. She uses Acrylics on Canvas to capture all the details in this painting on canvas features in Tamarack’s exhibition titled “A Teachable Moment”, an exhibition that features artwork by educators around the mountain state. This exhibition ends April 7th so hurry in and find your next valuable memory at Tamarack.
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Want a bite? With Extra Cheese, is a watercolor painting by Beckley artist, Jason Sly. It is currently on hanging in the Photo Finish themed exhibition in the David L. Dickirson Fine Arts Gallery at Tamarack. This realistic painting is one of three artworks by Jason Sly in this exhibition. His more recent watercolor focus has been on foods and the variety of textures each one presents.
As Sly said, it was “Lotta fun making something so messy and full of interesting lines and textures.” This playful approach is what’s drawing guests in to take a closer look at this piece. It’s not your typical pristine still life subject but that’s what makes it interesting. Come see it in person! Photo Finish is exhibiting at Tamarack until Sunday, February 24th.