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Fran Alford Leyenberger

Cracked Pots Studio
146 Wolcott Ave., Middletown, RI
215/499-0749
franpots@mac.com
website: franpots.com
 
AMPHORA
Raku Ceramic with Found Objects

FRAN LEYENBERGER
Artist's Statement:

 “I have been experimenting with Raku pottery for over 35 years and continue to discover new techniques and options with every firing. Currently I’m working on lamps, cremation urns and one of a kind pieces, resurrecting vintage materials in their construction.”

Fran is a 27 year resident of Yardley, PA. Originally from Middletown, RI, she attended The College of William and Mary. Her work can currently be seen at The James A. Michener Museum of Art Gift Shop, Doylestown, PA, Show of Hands Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, The Red Tulip Gallery, New Hope, PA, DeBlois Gallery, Newport, RI, Yardley Jewelers and at her studio by appointment. 

 


 

KELSEY MILLER
Artist's Statement:

    For me, the ocean is at once a reminder of home and a symbol of voyage and adventure.  The first ten years of my life were spent living on the Caribbean Island of Antigua where I grew to recognize the sea as an orientation point, like a city’s grand monument or a familiar mountain range.  Many years later, I returned to a life surrounded by water when, for four years, I worked as chef on a sailboat traveling between the Caribbean, the United States, and Europe.  Although my creative focus during that time was predominantly the culinary arts, I kept a regular journal of my travels. 

    On a seventeen day sail from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean, I drew the sea every day, its ever-changing surface an opportunity for meditation and contemplation.  These sketches have fostered my recent work in print as I leave behind a transient life at sea and return to the rhythms of life on land.  The resulting works are a translation of surface, space, and movement, formed from both visual and haptic memories of my travels and background.

    The medium of printmaking provides the ability to translate the vastness of space felt—either on a vessel at sea or in the experience of swimming—when surrounded by water.  Using multiples of a single image to create a larger installation transforms the work from being viewed as a two-dimensional print to an immersive experience of space.  At times, I veer away from the traditional approach of creating a precise edition and instead use a matrix for repetition that is not always identical.  In these cases, precision and chance work together, the printmaking process becomes self-reflexive, and each layer that is printed determines what will follow.  The passage of time from conception to completion of a project, the physical experience of printing, and the evolution of ideas throughout the printmaking process becomes a journey in itself.


JONATHAN SMALL
Artist's Statement:
As a landscape painter and an aficionado of art history, I enjoy traveling to places frequented by artists in the past, places like Monhegan Island, Old Lyme, Cape Ann, the Catskill Mountains and outer Cape Cod.  Of course, there is a great history of painting right here on Aquidneck Island.  I live in the Paradise area of Middletown, where artists such as John F. Kensett, John La Farge and William Trost Richards once painted.
One piece in this show, “Paradise, Homage to La Farge”, is a painting of the view looking out toward Sachuest Beach across Nelson Pond from the Gray Craig Estate in Middletown.  This was an area painted many times by John La Farge in the 19th century.  The frame for this painting was found by my wife at a Newport yard sale.  Years later we saw on the back of the frame there was an old shipping label addressed to John La Farge, 10 Sunnyside Place, Newport.  I decided the frame needed to have a painting in it inspired by the artist who once owned the frame

I traveled to England in the summer of 2013 with my wife and daughter.  After a week in London, we spent a week in the village of Lynmouth, which is situated on the north coast of Devon, sandwiched between the waters of Bristol Channel and the steep hills of Exmoor National Park.  Lynmouth was described by Thomas Gainsborough, who honeymooned there with his bride Margaret Burr, as "the most delightful place for a landscape painter this country can boast".  From my sketches and photos during my brief stay I’ve had a wealth of Lymouth subjects to paint.  This show includes a number of my English paintings, many which have never been exhibited before.

My style is quite traditional in that I exclusively paint objectively.  All my paintings are based on my observations of places I have been, using either plein air sketches or photography.  When using photographs, I always use photos taken by me, and I paint from them working to convey what I experienced at that place and time.



AMPHORA
Raku Ceramic with Found Objects

TWO O'CLOCK TIDE
Print


PARADISE: HOMAGE TO LA FARGE
Oil on Linen

ADRIFT I
Print


LYNMOUTH BAY
Oil on Linen

AMPHORA
Raku Ceramic with Found Objects


INCIDENTS OF LIFE AND ADVENTURE
Print

CASTLE ROCK
Oil on Linen


March - December Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 1 - 5 pm
134 Aquidneck Avenue
Middletown, RI 02842

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