John & Robin Gumealius, sculpture & Judy Wise, painting
John & Robin Gumaelius, sculpture
Judy Wise, painting
September 4-29 Thursdays – Saturdays 12-4 and by appointment*
Robin and John Gumaelius, collaborating artists and husband and wife, create articulated human and birdlike sculptures. They combine ceramic, steel and wood as they form highly inventive sculptures that are often comical or bizarre. Elements of children’s stories, religious icons, reliquaries, Medieval and Renaissance history, African skin decoration and holy relics from Germany can be seen in their work.
Each piece begins with an idea and general form on which Robin creates colorful ceramic surface imagery with complex decorative glazes; next John intercedes adding the exquisite metal armatures and wood appendages that bring the sculptures to life. In their highly unusual working relationship as an artistic team, they combine both skill and imagination to build a singularly unusual world out of clay and mixed media.
Robin and John live in a rural area in Washington State where they have built their studio, home, barn, and gardens while nourishing four beautiful children.
Judy Wise has a nearly 30 year career in painting involving teaching workshops around the globe. In her own words, “There is no method to my approach. I paint chaos and then try to bring order to that chaos. Sometimes it works, often it does not. The process is trance-like; there is an implied trust that in imperfection I can endure and find beauty. ”