Each month, Kuivato, a Creative Gateways Gallery chooses a theme to act as a focus for our first Friday exhibition. Here is what’s coming up in September…
Community is a strong and vital part of life, present in nearly all realms of the animal kingdom. For people, it provides nourishment to the soul and connects us through commonality while encouraging our positive differences. Within the art world, it is vital to create a positive, supportive environment to encourage new ideas between artists. This can occur in a variety of ways, including appreciating one’s past and how it can work to benefit one’s future. For this First Friday, Kuivato highlights two artists who have created their own communities within their past and present art in the First Friday exhibition Cultivating Community.
Different Mediums with the Same Goal
Ceramic artist Sumati Colpitts cultivates community through a shared love for animals. All her pieces bring together the realistic qualities of each of her animals and the friendly demeanor she associates with their lives. The different details that make up each animal are masterfully captured within her free-formed sculptures through shape, texture, and her taxidermy grade glass eyes she adds in after firing her pieces. By adding a peaceful personality to each of her pieces, she is able to encourage a positive, uplifting environment within the gallery. The smiles and life-like qualities provide all the motivation guests need to feel what these animals must be feeling. Though we often cannot see this side of most of the animals in the real world, her intention is to promote their friendly personalities in her artwork to create a positive atmosphere among a variety of animals. By encouraging this bond between humans and the wildlife that is her artwork, Sumati cultivates a friendly yet wild community open for the world to share.
Glass artist Michael Hopko celebrates a community in a similar matter, but with the focus on aquatic life. His love of nature has inspired him to create a masterful range of beautiful creatures that populate our seas. Majestic great white sharks inspire awe as they are displayed next to adorable, tentacled octopi that easily melt your heart. And fish of all sorts grace his renowned repertoire, from bass and salmon to mahi-mahi and yellow fin tuna. Michael devotes much time into creating pieces that seem to exude life and motion. This dedication is what shows in his artwork and what creates the expressive environment in the gallery. Although greatly varied, his pieces are amazingly cohesive, reflecting the natural balance of this underwater community.
Be sure to see the moving work of Sumati, Michael, and all our represented artists, at the opening reception of Cultivating Community, Friday, September 7th, from 5-8pm, at Kuivato in Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. Browse the gallery, talk to local artists, and enjoy small bites and drinks!