Sisters Show Work in Wood & Weave
The exhibition Wood & Weave opens at Gallery 80808 with a reception on Friday, March 23, 2007, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The exhibition presents the works of two sisters: custom caned furniture by Kate Callahan and shadow boxes by Pat Callahan. Both artists use traditional techniques and materials ingeniously to weave their creations.
Kate Callahan first tackled caning when she volunteered to recane one of her parents’ kitchen chairs. Armed with an instructional video and an unflagging can-do spirit she soon built a steady business of furniture recaning and repair, learning techniques and cane patterns on the job. Kate leapt into furniture design in 2003 when she designed and built (with her father’s assistance) a maple armchair with caned back and seat. The chair is comfortable to “sitters” of all sizes and fitting for formal or casual décor. Engaged by the “drama of wood” and possible materials, Kate has crafted the chair in mahogany, in walnut, with Danish cord, and with a rush weave. In addition to two variations of the chair, Wood & Weave will include Kate’s entry table in elm and in maple, coffee table in mahogany, display boxes in maple, wenge, mahogany, and purple heart–all incorporating her signature caned floating shelf–and a cane wreath designed for a 2006 invitational exhibition at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Inc., Newport News, Virginia. Kate’s furniture received the best in show award at the 2006 Gosport Arts Festival, Portsmouth, Virginia. Kate resides in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Pat Callahan’s recent work displays equal ingenuity and beauty. Known first for her figure drawings, the Columbia artist presents shadow boxes in Wood & Weave. Working in three dimensions has unleashed Pat’s propensity to collect feathers, rocks, and whatnots; and a love of wood, tools, and metal workings. Her constructions explore what the artist terms “burrs,” kernels of truth and deceit, perceptions and distortions, and unsettling beauty. The boxes exhibit a curious juxtaposition of found and created elements and marked restraint and balance, the result of the artist’s design sense honed over a graphic design career. Included in Wood & Weave will be a series of shadow boxes with work-weary figures that speak to distorted cultural and personal work ethic and “night song in 3 acts,” a three box homage to nightfall when Pat often heads to her studio at Vista Studios.
Wood & Weave continues through March 27, 2007. Gallery 80808 is located with Vista Studios at 808 Lady St., Columbia. Weekend hours will be 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information please call Vista Studios at 803.252.6134.