“On Sand Beach” by Jacqueline Davidson
If you think “PIN IT UP II,” the Deer Isle Artists’ Association show that opens September 19 and runs through October 5, is only about “things that have been sewn,” you will be in for a surprise! As usual, the gallery offers viewers an opportunity to see how local artists, using a wide range of mediums, interpret a theme and create a vast array of unusual work. This time, the theme relates to the fact that all work will be pinned up… no frames attached!
For example, two very different interpretations of beading can be seen in the creations of Cathy Hart and Pat Taniashvili. Pat designs distinctive, one-of-a-kind beaded purses that are hand fashioned using very thin knitting needles that are about the size of hatpins. She lines her hand sewn purses with silk or velvet and finishes them with a metal frame. Cathy weaves and sews various colors and textures of glass beads together to create pins, bracelets, earrings and necklaces using different stitches and techniques. Some of the necklace and bracelet clasps include a hand made glass lamp worked bead.
Robert Starkey will be showing some of his ink drawings that explore the varied patterns and textures revealed within the landscape. Similarly, nature is an inspiration for Jacqueline Davidson, as she utilizes watercolors to paint the details she sees in elements such as rocks, shells, and feathers. Ellsworth resident Judith Felch, who often completes her work in an abandoned quarry or on the Stonington shore, will be exhibiting small watercolors and pencil sketches done both in graphite and in colored pencil.
“Shore Study” by Judith Felch
Michael DeMatteo, whose paintings are in ink and watercolors, describes his work as being in the Japanese Sumi-e style. The subjects are of still-life and landscape, inspired by the artist Giorgio Morandi, and by his trip to Italy two years ago. Using a variety of styles and media, Anya Antonovych Metcalf notes that the hallmark of her work is color. She deals with a cluster of concerns: memory, place, narrative, duality, found abstraction, landscape, and the relationship between image and object. David Kofton comments, “So much eludes the mind [and as an artist] I try to keep that from happening.” Similarly, glass artist Sam Jones explains that she utilizes her work to demonstrate “the interaction between the rational and the ecstatic.”
Other artists participating in the show include Naishun Chang, Linda Deming, Mary Eaton, Deborah Lothrop, Heather Lyon, Mary Bracy Martin, Corey Paradise, Carolyn Raedle, Elizabeth Sawyer, Don Seymour, Sherry Streeter, Cynthia Stroud-Watson, and Hub White.
The public is warmly invited to attend the show’s opening reception and to meet the artists on Friday, September 19 from 5:00-7:00 PM, at the DIAA Gallery, 15 Main Street, in Deer Isle Village. The DIAA Gallery will be open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. For more information, please call (207) 348-2330.