Tracing the visible steps toward art

Published 11:11 am Friday, September 26, 2014

COURTLAND—Mary Buchanan, the winner of the 2013 Juried Show, is getting another opportunity to show her art, and she’s even invited a couple of friends.

“Visible Traces” premieres tonight, Sept. 26, at the Rawls Museum Arts in Courtland. Appearing with Buchanan will be Eric Pardue and Julia E. Pfaff.

In her description of the show’s theme, executive director Leigh Ann Chambers said, “The direction taken by an artist is often led by a pathway or sequence of steps that help them get from one visual point to another. In this exhibition three artists use different approaches with the marks they make in order to achieve completed works of art.”

Chambers pointed to a piece by Buchanan and noted its richness.

“She makes print dye fabrics, and her craft is just amazing.”

In her own words, the artist offered this statement:

“Excessive printing and mark making leads to a dense field of visual information. This allows me to create complex layers of information that I am challenged to resolve by finding order in chaos.”

Further down the wall are some intriguing multi-media arrangements by Eric Pardue. Several works feature printed words and sentences carefully cut from pages of books or magazines. Sometimes these can be clearly read, while others are obscured.

Julia Pfaff takes the art of quilting more than one step beyond traditional blocks, diamonds or other geometric patterns. In fact, they’re all quite organic looking and several are brilliantly colored. You’d expect a few to actually glow in the dark.

“I make art employing the most vernacular of all media-stitched fabric,” Pfaff stated. “The work shown is a 21st-century blend of low- and high-tech processes representing a fusion of quilting, printing, painting, embroidery and digital technology. My goal is the creation of a contemplative object, both beautiful and evocative, both well-crafted and contemporary in design.”

Chambers acknowledged that she didn’t know what to expect from any of them, but is quite pleased with what’s offered.

“I think this show will kind of resonate with viewers that aren’t the usual museum-goers,” she said. “This will really appeal to kids as well.”

In the nearby Francis Gallery will be “Woodland Wanderings,” which features three fiber artists sharing share joy of meandering through forests. Mary Lazar will have batik pieces. Vivian Milholen, collage, and Skeeter Scheid, sculpture.

“Visible Traces” and “Woodland Wanderings” will both be shown through Friday, Nov. 28. Franklin Lumber is the sponsor.

Rawls Museum Arts is located at 22376 Linden St., Courtland, and open Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. However, it will be closed tomorrow, Sept. 27.

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