Robert Schlegel, painting & Penelope Dews, ceramic sculpture
September 6th – October 1st
Artist Reception: September 6th, 5-8 pm
Robert Schlegel creates images that possess tension between the representational and the abstract. He paints in the studio and plein aire from preliminary sketches in charcoal, pencil and oil pastel and takes reference photographs as necessary. Drawing is the foundation for his work, he is tenacious with the sketch whether it be life-drawing session or in the field. Through line, contrast, texture, color and composition he explores form and shape where things in the natural world and things that are made by man collide.
Penelope Dews graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1984 with a BFA in Ceramic Sculpture. She works in her studio in Ashland, OR and produces work to fire in a large Anagama wood fire kiln in the Umpqua Valley. An ancient technique, the Anagama kiln produces ash and volatile salts which settle on the pieces and create a natural ash glaze. Penelope uses the tone and texture unique to this process to create richly earth toned characters and objects. This gives the pieces an ancient, stone like surface. Ranging from realistic to whimsical, these animals exude peaceful, playful expressions with a touch of the mysterious.