Vista Lights Features New Artists Stephen Chesley and Jeff Donovan
Gallery 80808 at Vista Studios will open the exhibit, New Crop: New Art, featuring work by Stephen Chesley and Jeff Donovan, as part of “Vista Lights” on Nov. 16. The exhibit continues through Nov. 29, 2006. The artists’ studios of Vista Studios will also be open for this evening of art celebration (5-10pm) throughout Columbia’s Congaree Vista.
The title New Crop: New Art aptly describes this year’s exhibition for “Vista Light”.
New Crop: The show is the yield of the artists’ efforts through the summer. In truth it is the fruit of years of work by the artists at their craft. “Vista Lights” serves as the annual harvest. It marks the change of season for Columbia as well, ushering in the holiday season.
New Crop: The exhibition includes work by Chesley and Donovan, two artists new to Vista Studios but known to regional audiences and collectors.
New Crop: The exhibition is a harvest of mature work by artists passionately cultivating established themes and directions.
As far as the other offerings for “Vista Light”, David Yaghjian’s thoughts on middle age again surface in curious scenes with a “senior” pot-bellied man. Jeff Donovan brings his quirky imagery to 3D in ceramic works. The human figure continues to dominate the ceramic pieces of Pat Gillmartin, 2D works of Robert Kennedy and assemblages of Pat Callahan.
Ethel Brody has reached new scale and impact in her abstract paintings. Susan Lenz offers a crop of 10 stitched mixed media works based on autumn vegetation. A student of energy work, Sharon Licata expresses energies of the sacral chakra (second chakra) and the heart chakra (fourth chakra) in an alabaster sculpture.
Heidi Darr Hope continues to mine the serendipitous interplay between inner and outer realms in mixed media collages. Painter Stephen Chesley conjures landscapes of changeable forms in fleeting half-light. Similarly, painter Laura Spong intuitively builds and negates color and markings on her canvases. In contrast, Don Zurlo develops his richly surfaced canvases from digital studies.