Here we are at the end of an eventful year, full of surprises that reached the length of the spectrum. Being an artist during these intense times often brings up to the surface a depth of perception that cuts through superficiality. The simplest of expressive gestures can become a message of the profound. I have asked a few of PMA’s studio artists to share their recent art explorations.
Joy of Autumn by Stephanie Chang
This painting by Stephanie Chang was created because someone brought in some persimmons to PMA for sharing. She says, “The color of the fruits was so cheerful that I was inspired to create a new work. (Also, I am very thankful to the generous but nameless person who donated the fruits.)"
Chang explains that in Joy of Autumn she was trying to render a moment of joy she was feeling, the color of the season, the opportunity of giving and sharing. She adds, “It was wonderful to celebrate a day through art versus thinking of a troublesome 2017 or an unknown 2018. Surely, I always hope for a peaceful and a brighter tomorrow.”
Lace Seven by Barbara Berk
Barbara Berk spent 2017 immersed in the studio, processing through her design sensibilities a year that brought opportunities and lessons learned. She has been a bright light to fellow artists and visitors alike, enthralling us all with her enthusiasm for life even during difficult times. With her mind’s eye always moving forward, she says that in 2018 she hopes for new challenges and the opportunity to create new and bigger work.
The Big Wave by Greta Waterman
Greta Waterman enthuses, “My Seascape sold!” referencing her large (4’x5’) oil painting of the daily sea action she experiences at Martin’s Beach, her home. She continues, “I found it [the painting] tranquil yet full of turmoil at the same time. Very much like me! It seems like a big wave that goes in and out, crashing down and then repeats. Much like how years pass. 2017 was certainly tumultuous and now we hope for 2018!
A work in progress by Ruth Waters
Our intrepid leader at the Peninsula Museum of Art, Ruth Waters, has herself found valuable time in the studio. Waters speaks about her work in this way: “This wall sculpture is my current project. It doesn't have a name yet, but the shapes (large somewhat abstracted hearts on both ends connected to smaller and more realistic hearts) represent our communities (large) and individuals (smaller), and we are all connected. The piece is six feet long, 3.5 feet wide, and the slab of Brazilian Rosewood was almost 3 inches thick. (Brazilian Rosewood is one of the three hardest woods known in the world.) I started hand-carving (mallet and chisels) in early August. Now I am starting to hand-sand, and I hope to be finished this spring."
While many of us can create from a small and personal space, it appears that during this year we have joined hands in creating for each other and the future.
The Studio Artists and all volunteers thank you for your support and interest in the arts at the Peninsula Museum of Art. We wish you warmth of spirit during the winter months, and hope you have a productive and joyful 2018. Happy Holidays for all communities throughout the World.