Force of Nature: Georgia Weithe and Helen Klebesadel
Featured Artists Oct 1 – Dec 26, 2020 | Virtual Exhibition
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Georgia Weithe: Jewelry Artist
To me the force of nature is its beauty.
Without beauty there is no joy.
Without beauty there is no hope.
Without beauty we are left with a sense that a part of us is missing.
Gazing on nature’s beauty, we are driven deeper into ourselves. There we find a limitless wellspring of our own natural resources like hope and joy and equanimity and peace. A feeling of completeness settles over us.
I am striving to express some of nature’s beauty in my jewelry and I hope you will enjoy looking at it.
Helen Klebesadel: Watercolorist
Artists have dealt with the human relationship to nature for centuries.
Raised in rural Wisconsin, I am inspired by the magic and mystery of the landscape of Wisconsin, and by the sheer Force of Nature in our lives. My visual concerns run the gamut from careful study to poetic, symbolic and sometimes political representations of nature.
As a gardener I can be caught contemplating a single flower or plant until time is lost, knowing the opportunity is as fleeting as life itself. Creating art from observation is one of the few activities we have where we are allowed to slow down, to pause, and to take a second look…to examine nature and to know it deeply by looking. Immersing myself in the process of careful looking that painting from life requires has become a practice of active meditation for me. I love nature with my attention.
My art making has helped me better understand how ecosystems and nature are connected to each other and us. It has helped me contemplate how is it we are drawn to representations of nature but seem to be moving farther and farther from understanding ourselves as a part of nature; from understanding where our food, air, and water comes from; and from being responsible stewards for the earth. My art intends to remind us that humans ARE nature and what we do to the earth we do to ourselves.
“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.”— Aldo Leopold
Egyptian Dream: A Collaboration between Georgia Weithe and Helen Klebesadel
Delight yourself by becoming the recipient of a new concept in adornment. When stepping out, you can adorn your body with this unique statement piece that is inspired by an ancient Egyptian Pectoral.
Georgia has been attracted to ancient Egyptian artifacts for many years and was drawn to create a pectoral – a large necklace that sits on the chest. This beautiful piece is the result. The pectoral incorporates a number of elements found in ancient Egyptian jewelry including birds, snakes, water lilies and the moon, as well as turquoise gemstones. She added glass beads as an extra embellishment because of the color and the reflections of light that they offer. The specially designed clasp is easy to fasten and is made of sterling silver, as are the beads.
Helen and Georgia have known each other and admired each other’s artworks for years. In discussing the design of the joint exhibition the idea of a collaboration emerged. Helen brought her love of moonlight to create a world designed to enhance Georgia’s work, with Egyptian Dream as the result.