Each month, the Creative Gateways studios chooses a theme to inspire our work and act as a focus for our first Friday exhibition. Here is what’s coming up in February…
All in the family
Every day we are inspired and motivated by a plethora of different forces. It can be as utilitarian as financial pressures or as personal as a desire for professional success. A scene of nature may stir our passions, or a flash of nostalgia may re-frame our perspective. But out of the kaleidoscope of influences, one of the strongest is the perennial force of love.
Love, however, does not need to refer simply to the romantic. A love of family is present for almost everyone, however it is defined. We can have a hereditary bond to the biological, a love for the people who created and birthed us, or the siblings with whom we share DNA. We can also have a deep fondness for those who nurtured and raised us, regardless of their genes. We can have a connection to culture, be it large and spanning centuries, or small and relatively new. And our sense of family quite frequently includes friends, with whom we can form bonds as strong as with any brother or sister.
For artists, their relationship with tribe can be especially powerful and important. Those they call family can infuse them with creative energy and a sense of life. Their presence and impact can help encourage artistic spirit, enhance artistic prowess, and guide artistic vision. With them, artists are reminded that although a nascent work begins internally, it is only complete with an externally human element.
This Happy Breed
Sumati Colpitts brings an undeniable sense of tribe to her work. Her amazing, anthropomorphic creatures carry an intrinsic sense of family. Although each ceramic piece is hand-crafted and unique, she will often make them in groups, so that a hedgehog or frog does not come to life without brothers and sisters to share the world with. And even between those groups there is a feeling of harmony. When you explore the Creative Gateways gallery and see Sumati’s creatures, you cannot help but feel that they are not isolated pieces, but rather a tight-knit clan sprung from the mind of their creator. It is no wonder, then, that people who purchase them so often talk in terms of adding a new addition to their family.
Whereas much of Sumati’s sense of tribe works from the inside out, it is a little different for Pilisa Rainbow Lady. As founder of both the AMusinGlass studio and the Creative Gateways gallery, Pilisa has a strong desire to engender a sense of community in all her endeavors. Collaborations between artists are encouraged, as is a sense of personal involvement. The result is a gallery of artists that feels like a family. Pilisa brings this same love of tribe to her work as an artist. She frequently seeks input about her pieces in progress from resident artists, be it relating to technique, composition, or naming. Her fused glass intention plates are also a great example of building personal relationships. Each intention plate is crafted and infused with a particular intention unique to the person it is being created for. Determining the appropriate intention involves personally consulting with Pilisa, discussing not just matters of art, but personal goals and the unique story of the individual. These pieces are not only works of art, they are tributes to the power of human connection.
Room for more
Come be part of our family as we display work from all our resident artists and celebrate familial influence at the opening reception of Tribute to Tribe: 1st Friday Exhibition, February 2nd, from 5-8pm!