Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Jamey Grimes makes adjustments to his installation.
Jamey Grimes, Roil, Corrugated Plastic.
Roil is a sculptural art installation, a type of three-dimensional artwork that is specifically altered to fit a certain environment, changing the way a visitor sees the space. It will be the first of its kind for Walnut Gallery. It's really more of a unique, all-encompassing art experience, Executive Director Mario Gallardo said. The entire gallery will become the art. Shadows spread out onto all of the walls and floor, extending the art beyond the physical form. It's somewhat difficult to describe in words " it's much better to experience it in person. I am excited to have this type of contemporary art on display, and I hope that the community will come and experience the installation.
more at http://www.jameygrimes.com/artwork.html
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Join us for java and poetry on October 20, starting at 7pm. The popular Walnut Poetry Series continues in October, at the Walnut Gallery, with Roil as the backdrop. David Murdock and friends will read original poetry and lead a discussion afterward. Admission is free, but a $2 donation is suggested.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Tea in a Flower Garden
by Steve Loucks & Lynette Hesser
Feb 25 - Mar 31 Opening
Reception Feb 25 7-9 pmThe Walnut Gallery is proud to present the work of artists Steve Loucks and Lynette Hesser. The exhibition will feature a wide range of ceramic objects including; traditional functional pottery, elaborately carved sculptural pottery, wall hanging sculpture and an interactive happening during the opening. Guests at the opening will be invited to participate in the creation of a work that will be on display in the gallery during the exhibition.
Steve Loucks is a studio potter and Full Professor of Art at JSU. He received his MFA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred. He was awarded a Fellowship in Crafts from the Alabama State Council in the Arts in 2000 and 2008, and a National Endowment for the Arts in 1995 and 1996. He exhibits his work nationally in invitational and juried competitions. Loucks has led many workshops, which include Penland School of Crafts and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Steve, with the help of his wife, Lynnette Hesser, has hosted the Alabama Clay Conference three times. He has been a Topical Group Discussion Leader several times for the National Council on the Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) and was also a “Glaze Doctor”.
My work plays upon traditional pottery forms that transcend function while embracing it. Divided between utilitarian pottery and glorified, functional vessels, both intentions share similar sensibilities and handling of the clay. Information and ideas from one intention feeds the other. My utilitarian pottery is elegantly or whimsically designed to perform with ease and delight making the everyday occasion a special, pleasurable experience. The glorified vessels are based upon functional pouring vessels but abandon utilitarian concerns for a sculptural approach to form, surface embellishment, and presentation. They pay homage to utilitarian pottery due to its diminishing use, roll, and importance in our present day society.
Steve and Lynnette often work in symbiotic collaboration. Often Steve makes the forms which he then releases to Lynnette who carves into the forms or embellishes them with geometric and floral designs. Together, they glaze and fire the pieces to complete their collaborative works in clay.
In conjunction with the exhibition Steve and Lynette will teach a demonstration workshop on March 19th. The workshop will include wheel throwing demonstrations and hand carving techniques. You can register online for the workshop at http://www.walnutgallery.org/workshops.php
Walnut Gallery will also host a special fund-raising event, "Walnut Gala", on Saturday, March 26, starting at 6:30 pm. Admission to the event is limited to only 50 tickets. Each ticket will allow the holder (and one guest) admission to Walnut Gala where there will be live music and a meet-and-greet with featured artists Steve Loucks and Lynette Hesser. Wine and heavy hors d' oeuvres will also be served. In addition, each ticket will also be redeemable at the event for an exclusive, one-of-a-kind ceramic bowl, hand-made by artist Steve Loucks specifically for the Walnut Gala. "This is a rare opportunity to not only support the arts, but to take home a piece of functional fine-art made by one of the Southeast's premier ceramicists," said Executive Director Mario Gallardo. Tickets are available for a $50 minimum donation with all proceeds going directly to Walnut Gallery to support future exhibitions, workshops, and events.
To purchase your Walnut Gala ticket online visit http://www.walnutgallery.org/event.php?v=1103gala
Steve Loucks and Lynette Hesser own the Potter's Shed studio in Wellington AL.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Upcoming in 2011 at the Walnut Gallery
The Walnut Gallery will start its 2011 exhibition season with a series of four Alabama Artists and Educators working in four different mediums including; Photography, Sculpture, Ceramics, and Printmaking. Each artist will give gallery talk/lecture and teach public workshops relating to their medium of expertise. This new line up of exhibitions features some of the finest examples of contemporary art in Alabama and the public has the opportunity to meet the artists and participate in engaging hands on workshops.
You can sign up for one or more of our workshops using the paypay link below. Workshops are $25 each. In addition to the workshops the gallery will host a community print project led by Sara Marshall who will be an artist in residence at the Walnut Gallery.
January14 – February 11. Salomon’s House: Photographs by Sara Cusimano Miles.
January 14 - Exhibition opening and gallery talk/lecture. February 5 Workshop - Construction of the image: Refining Your Vision. Participants will gain insight into how conceptual components are integrated into photographs to express a unique artistic vision. Emphasis will be placed on "making photographs" as opposed to "taking photographs".
Sarah Cusimano Miles, Solomon's House (Ursus Arctos), archival print.
February 19- March 31. New Works by Steve Loucks and Lynette Hesser.
February 19 –March Exhibition opening and gallery talk/lecture. Those in attendance for the opening will participate in the production of a mural that will be on display in the Gallery. March 19- Steve Loucks and Lynette Hesser will do an all day Ceramics Throwing and Carving Demonstration. Participants will learn master techniques in throwing vessels along with exquisite relief carving techniques.
Steve Loucks, Teapot
April 8- May 28. Craig Wedderspoon and University of Alabama Art Students.
April 8 - Exhibition opening/Gallery Talk. This exhibition will be a juried selection of undergraduate and graduate art students along with new works by UA Sculpture professor Craig Wedderspoon. April 16 -Life Casting Workshop. May 13 - Lecture: Contemporary Sculpture
Craig Wedderspoon, Foam, Fiberglass and Plaster
April 16 -Life Casting Workshop. Participants will learn techniques in life casting using alginate and plaster. Each participant will create a cast from life that will be on display in the gallery. Below is an example of the kind of cast that participants will make.
Mario Gallardo, Lifecast of Hands, Plaster and Granite.
June - July. Sarah Marshall- Community Print Project
June 11- Exhibition opening and gallery talk/lecture. Sarah Marshall will be an artist in residence at the Walnut Gallery in July during which time she will conduct an ongoing community print project. Members of the community will participate in the creation of original fine art prints that will be exhibited in the gallery.
Sarah Marshall, Backing into the Void, Lithograph.