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Current Exhibitions

Current Exhibitions

Open: August 12
Close: September 3

To ALIGN is to organize according to line, bring into alignment, or bring into an agreement. This work exhibits strong lines, linear arrangement, agreement of forms, and shapes that demonstrate the concept of agreement. Awards for this juried show will include 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

Artists include:

Debra Bowles, Elizabeth Brice, Ishita Islam, Joe Prescher,  John Haniewicz, Lee Baker DeVore, Marcia Waller, Marissa Albrecht, and Virgil Seger.

 

 

 

 

Larry and Leslye Sherman: Remembrance

Leslye Sherman

Artist Bio

Leslye Sherman majored in English Literature as an undergraduate at Bowling Green State University, followed by a Master of Science in Library Science (MSLS) degree from Wayne State University.

Leslye earned a living in the world of books and remained fascinated by literature and poetry. Leslye earned a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in 1983 from Miami University and taught painting and drawing in Miami’s Art department from 1997 to 2005. In addition to teaching, Leslye had an active exhibition record with many well-received gallery showings of her paintings. Leslye was also passionate about birding, hiking, environmental activism, and Zen meditation. After retirement, she divided her time between Oxford, Ohio and Fort Collins, Colorado where she eventually moved in 2013.

Artist Statement

Leslye reflected on the concepts that inspire her artwork writing, "It is the perennial mysteries both scientific and spiritual that interest me and motivate my art. It is the bitter sweet beauty of the earth as well as our connection to the stars that capture my imagination. While based in observation of the natural world, my work is more concerned with an underlying mystery and often references personal reflections on meaning and impermanence. Perhaps it is not surprising that, years ago, I wrote down a similar sentiment from Henry Miller: 'we are enveloped in a sea of forces which seem to define our puny intelligence. Until we accept that life itself is founded in mystery we shall learn nothing.’ "

About her approach to painting process, Leslye wrote that “I frequently work on a series of paintings to more fully explore a particular concept or idea. Surfaces are built from layers of acrylic or oil paint and often include mixed media collage elements. Combining abstraction both gesture and geometry with the singular language of realism, I strive to construct a dialogue between stillness and flow or between the moment and its change. The extravagance of nature, forever becoming and dissolving, is held in tenuous balance with a timeless simplicity.”

 

 

 

 

Larry Sherman

Artist Bio

Larry Sherman was a professor of Educational Psychology at Miami University for 39 years before retiring in 2010 and relocating to Fort Collins, CO in 2013. He graduated from Bowling Green State University with a B.S. in music, earned a Master of Arts in Music from Arizona State University and taught instrumental music in elementary and secondary schools in Detroit before securing a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Wayne State University in 1971. His research and teaching focus was humor, early childhood social development, Lewinian interactional psychology, and cooperative learning. He was highly active professionally with multiple publications and conference presentations. In 2001 he was the recipient of the Ig Noble Prize, for his influential research paper, “An Ecological Study of Glee in Small Groups of Preschool Children.” The Ig Nobel Prize is a satiric prize awarded annually since 1991 to the individuals “….to honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think.” Larry had numerous interests, including (but not limited to) art, music, gardening, swimming, reading, travel, photography and birding all of which he pursued to the fullest. He was a jazz trumpet player and co-director of the Oxford Gourd and Drum Ensemble: OGADE, that performed both percussive and tonal gourd instruments.

Artist Statement

While we did not have any writing about his gourd-artwork, Larry’s enthusiasm for growing, harvesting, preparing and crafting gourds was legendary among his friends and family.  He referred to himself not as an artist but as a “gourd-ist”. His expansive body of art work included gourds that were both functional, such as bird-houses, and decorative.  He was meticulous in his design and carving, often decorating with beads, gleaned especially from his trip to Ghana.  He was active in both the Ohio Gourd Society and the American Gourd Society.  The exhibition shows both finished gourds and gourds at various stages of the process.

 

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