By Curator, Deborah Johnson
I have long been fascinated that the creative urge has been a part of human nature since we came into being in whatever method you believe happened. And in my faith tradition, I am not sure which media was first used. God, the Creator, certainly had an understanding of color theory and design as all the beauty that we know to be the earth was formed. And clay was the medium used to form human in God’s image according to Judeo-Christian tradition.
This fascination with the early tradition of making art from dirt, mud, earth, clay is why Art Connections Gallery will feature 3 clay artists and one painter at the gallery’s monthly event, “Second Saturday Soiree”. Clay artists are Mary Fischer, Susan Hanft, Dani Moss, and Roberto Ugalde is the painter.
Working with clay (earth) has been done by humans since prehistoric times with ceramic objects frequently the only evidence that is left from some cultures. Shards on early pieces have shown decorative designs added by artisans even then to the functional pieces as well as pieces designed for pure art purposes or religious ceremonies.
And, of course, we know that early man painted the cave walls although we don’t know if those early cave paintings were meant to tell a story, celebrate a religious belief or just beautify their environment, much as our contemporary painters create for a variety of reasons.
The event at Art Connections Gallery will include music by Faire to Middlin, a talented duo frequently seen at Renaissance fairs throughout the state. Their music will be a combination of music from centuries back as well as current music.
I invite you to come celebrate our prehistoric roots and reflect on what our world would be like if some people were not driven to create something that can stir us, challenge us, entertain us, and serve a purpose to make life a little more functional. Come celebrate art in clay and oil!
This monthly event will take place at 123 N Main St. on the square in La Grange on May 12, from 4-8pm. Come listen to music, meet the artists, and share some wine and cheese with other lovers of art.