FEATURING KATHERINE ARMACOST, NIKKI BLAIR, NATALIE BOORMAN, PEG GIGNOUX, LINDA PRAGER & CAROL RETSCH-BOGART
SHOW WILL RUN FROM AUGUST 6TH-OCTOBER 5TH
COFFEE & DONUTS: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7TH 10-11AM
MUSIC SALON: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH, 6-7PM
ARTIST TALK: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 6-8PM
The months of August and September will be a celebration of a diverse and extremely talented group of female artists entitled 6@FRANK. This exciting exhibit will showcase paintings by member artists and ceramicists Natalie Boorman and Linda Prager, guest ceramic artist Nikki Blair, mixed media work by member Carol Retsch-Bogart, paintings by Katherine Armacost and textile work by Marguerite Jay Gignoux.
Every first Saturday of the month join us in the gallery for an informal series entitled “Coffee and Donuts” in these free classes, hear one of our artists discuss a topic of their choosing while partaking in some pastries and coffee. We are thrilled to have the September class led by member and featured artist, Carol Retsch-Bogart. Also, on Sunday, September 8th, please join us for a musical salon featuring the group “Sail Away Ladies” comprised of FRANK member and featured artist, Linda Prager and her musical partners, Irene Felsman and Mitzi. Again, come by the gallery for an artist talk led by all 6 of the featured artists will also take place on Thursday, September 12th, from 6-8pm. We hope to see you for one or all of these events!
Katherine Armacost’s oil paintings are inspired by the world around her, letting her imagination and her creativity take the lead, Katherine has a dialogue with her paintings that often end in a different way than they have begun. Having her work in private collections all over the world is a true testament to the universality of her incredible work.
Nikki Blair is currently an Associate Professor in Ceramics at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her ceramic work is bold and graphic, often working with a slab technique in building her pieces, she creates large scale vessels that are functional and fantastical. In describing her aesthetic she says, “my work harks back to the shiny bright futurism of post WWII architecture and product design.” Nikki has had her work displayed in museums and galleries across the country.
Handbuilding her work through the pinch pot method, Natalie Boorman, forms clay as almost a meditative experience, taking each step of the process as a way to build a relationship with her vessels. Natalie then finishes her pots with burnishing’s, bisque firing, raku and pit firing. The added smokiness of the final product returns the story of the clay back to a new beautiful organic form.
Having a multitude of talents and media to her name, Marguerite Jay Gignoux, the current work of Marguerite (Peg) really showcases the creativity she has with textile and fiber art. Using the textures, shapes and colors from fabrics and paper to form the base of her work, through collage she then brings it all together with intricate hand stitching and weaving to create intensely beautiful and imaginative works.
While also being talented in many different arenas and artistic media, Linda Prager’s ceramic work will be highlighted in the August/September show. Hand building and working often with the slab technique, Linda is constantly inspired by the use of objects around her to create interesting and dynamic textures in her clay. Her organically formed vessels are to be admired but they are all also functional in nature.
Carol Retsch-Bogart is always challenging herself as an artist; Carol often uses textiles, encaustic medium, paper, and pigments to create her stunning mixed-media pieces. Instead of making the materials conform to her work, Carol works with the materials and makes them truly shine. Marrying originality and purpose, Carol’s finished pieces are always alluring and unique.