Exhibition Dates: November 2, 2023 – January 27, 2024
On view at River Arts on Water Gallery (590 Water St, Prairie du Sac, WI) and online.
Reception: Thursday, November 9, 2023 from 5:30-7:30 pm. Artist talks begin at 6 pm.
10% off all artwork in the gallery during the reception!
River Arts is pleased to feature three fantastic artists – fiber artist Nancy Blake, raku ceramicist Joe Clark, and fiber-jewelry artist Jennifer Triolo – during November, December, and January of 2023-24.
Please read on for information about the artists.
Nancy Blake Artist Statement:
My grandmother gave me my first sewing machine at the age of 11. I have been passionate about color, texture, design, and creativity ever since. Art and creativity are at the core of all aspects of my life. Knowledge and experience through education and coordination of artistic experiences have been shared over the years for people of all ages. Working side-by-side with my husband, Joe Clark, of Double Iris Studios brings me such joy and motivation in the studio. I am truly a life-long learner, loving the inspiration provided by learning new techniques. New techniques have been incorporated in my work in collaboration with current knowledge; from developing design, to implementing techniques, and finishing the piece. Paint, printing, stamping, dyeing, and other techniques have been added to my toolbox for creating texture in my fabrics prior to using them in a piece. Fabrics that look like stone have used in a current piece in process entitled, “Time Passages.” In addition, I have been working on a new series of
improvisational quilts and small abstract quilts.
Joe Clark Artist Statement:
The ceramic works I have created for this exhibit represent my continued exploration of various forms of the American Raku process. For some 47 years I have done this dance with fire, smoke and serendipity. Fashioning forms from clay with confidence and care only to relinquish the final results to a firing process that even with my years of experience still offers surprises. In the American Raku process, a work is heated to a desired temperature, then removed from the kiln while hot. The piece is placed on a combustible material, usually newspaper, hay, pine needles or sawdust. More combustibles are placed on top of the piece. The piece is covered with a can and allowed to stay in this smoking chamber for a predetermined amount of time. The smoke and oxygen touching the surface brings the one-of-a-kind piece to life.
Jennifer Triolo Artist Statement: For the past six years Jennifer Triolo has been exploring natural dyeing, focusing specifically on creating wild color by gathering her own foraged materials. Jennifer has been practicing the ancient techniques of weaving and coiling which lead to her handwoven plant dyed textile jewelry. Throughout central Wisconsin Jennifer has taught a variety of fiber art workshops. She has instructed natural dye courses along with needle felting, basket coiling and community weaving projects within the Wisconsin Valley Library Services. Jennifer’s work can be found in regional exhibitions and galleries. She now lives and creates in Mauston, Wisconsin.
Jennifer studied fine art at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and Montana State University – Bozeman. She earned a BFA in Fiber Art at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Peck School of Arts.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]