Every year, we love putting together a selection of work that might be appropriate for an end of year gift for someone special and we hope you enjoy this catalogue.
This year we’ve branched out a bit, including T-Shirts! (yay) by Charis Ammon and Robyn O'Neil; artist cards and a digital print by Beth Secor, ceramics by Amy Blakemore and Jill Whitten, as well as a selection of smaller works that could make great holiday gifts.
We are still wearing masks here, but feel great about enjoying life- what a wonderful pleasure to see friends in person! Stop by and visit!
Table of Contents
Charis Ammon & Robyn O'Neil T-Shirts
Charis Ammon Night Paintings
David Aylsworth "Sun" Paintings
Kristin Musgnug Beetlekill Paintings
Yuko Murata New Animal Works
- BETH SECOR "CAT/THE SKEPTIC" DIGITAL PRINT
- BETH SECOR GREETING CARD
Charis Ammon Night PaintingsCross the Street, 2021
The night greets us earlier this time of year.
Ammon writes: "
"Lately, I’ve been curious about the night. Without the stretching of shadows from sunlight, time seems endless and abstract. Night seems to heighten our senses, yet cloud our judgement. Worries can become louder and peace can become smoother. Painting life in the dark feels endless with possibility."
David Aylsworth "Sun" PaintingsStars Will Stop Where They Are, 2019
"I sure didn’t start out to paint suns. But as I got more and more drawn to making things that looked like landscapes, and...that shape in the “sky” just sort of ended up being a sun. It’s an association I don’t mind and sort of like."
Kristin Musgnug Beetlekill Paintings
Notes on the Beetlekill paintings
With some I reached back to historical paintings for the palette; others embrace more strident juxtapositions of color. Together, they form a set of investigations as much about how I saw as what I saw.
This series began in July of 2019 at a residency with the Brush Creek Foundation in southeastern Wyoming. The residency site is adjacent to the Medicine Bow National Forest where, like many of the western forests, large swaths of trees have been killed by the mountain pine beetle. While the pine beetle is a native part of the forest ecosystem, years of drought have weakened the natural resistance of many trees, and recent winters have not been cold enough to reduce the beetle populations -leading to vast outbreaks across the Rocky Mountains.
In some parts of the mountain West, nearly all the trees are now standing dead timber. Alongside roadways the Forest Service cuts the dead or dying pines and stacks them into giant slash piles to be burned during the winter months. While in the Medicine Bow National Forest, I frequently encountered house-sized piles of dead lodgepole pines. Each of the slash piles had a discernibly individual character and architecture. Like accidental sculpture, they formed a series of looming, unexpected presences in that mostly wild landscape.
The similarities and differences among the various piles became the starting point for a series of visual propositions about the translation of observation into representation. Recently I have been questioning the mostly naturalistic way I’ve painted for years, looking for other ways to respond to visual phenomena.I am manifestly interested in observation – all the paintings are responses to actual slash piles – but with forms this complex and intricate, observation can go in many different directions. Some of the organizing principles for this work were the fundamental formal and representational qualities of painting – mark, shape, volume, spatial relationships, color, rhythm, and pattern. Weather, atmosphere, and time of day also entered into consideration. With some I reached back to historical paintings for the palette; others embrace more strident juxtapositions of color. Together, they form a set of investigations as much about how I saw as what I saw.
Yuko Murata Animal Paintings
Beth Secor "Cat/The Skeptic" archival digital print"Cat/The Skeptic" archival digital print, 2021
We are thrilled to offer a very special print by Beth Secor. "Cat/The Skeptic" is an archival digital print, 29 x 18 1/2 inches paper size (25 x 14 1/4 image size) printed on German etching paper and produced in an edition of 15 with 2 Artist Proofs.
Secor says: "When I was one years old, my parents adopted a baby kitten, who we named Sally Skip Under The Bed Get Down Off The Table. in part after a character in the children's book, "Three Mice and a Cat." She died when I was 22 and was almost as much of a sister to me as she was my pet. The last several years have been tumultuous for all of us, and they have made me nostalgic for my childhood days, which included those pets who were never politically divisive, and who always showed us love."
This print is being offered at $750; a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Art League Houston's Healing Art program, which provides art instruction to adults with HIV/AIDS and other serious illnesses and disabilities.
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Ceramics by Amy Blakemore and Jill Whitten
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Set of 6 distinct, blank cards (5.5" x 4.25") with accompanying envelopes
A set of 6 greeting cards and 6 accompanying envelopes featuring work by painter Beth Secor in celebration of her recent solo show at Inman Gallery, "Beth Secor: The Solace Found in Sentience" (September 18–November 6, 2021). Each card features a detail of one of six new works included in the show, including three portraits of flowers and three animals.
-Includes 6 distinct, blank 4.25” x 5.5” folded cards; glossy exterior finish, matte interior, perfect for writing
- Includes 6 accompanying white, blank envelopes, 4.325" x 5.75"
- "Claudia" 2019, gouache, watercolor pencil and pen on paper (detail)
- "Cat/The Skeptic" 2019, gouache and watercolor pencil on paper (detail)
- "Rabbit" 2020, gouache, watercolor pencil and pen on paper (detail)
- "Rose for Winnie" 2021, gouache on paper
- "Ignatz and Krazy Kat" 2021, gouache and watercolor pencil on paper
- "It Will Come Back to Life n the Spring" 2021, gouache on paper