Archway Gallery presents "Wild Abandon" opening reception
Archway Gallery presents "Wild Abandon," an exhibit featuring turned wood containers by Thomas Irven and oil paintings by Margaret Miller.
Irven’s elegant and whimsical turned-wood forms display a cunning variety of detail. Surface texture is added or polished away into a glowing satin finish. Eccentrically turned finials and legs add personality to hollow containers. In this show Thomas explores yet another new technique: thin strips of wood are laminated, then bent to enhance the specific curve of the piece it is applied to. Margaret Miller joins Thomas in this exhibit. Formerly an Archway Gallery member, Margaret returns as a guest artist. Her oil paintings investigate a range of emotion expressed through the use of color, tone, light, and brushstroke. She works from sketches and photographs made in natural settings. In her studio, each painting takes on its own identity as Margaret allows bursts of vivid color to emerge through previous layers of paint, eliciting a sense of atmospheric surprise. With more blended tones, tranquility prevails.
Miller's paintings for the current show are expressions of the resonance of a scene rather than a faithful reproduction of the visual details. Whether in a quiet park in Amsterdam, at Brazos Bend State Park, or on the streets of Houston, Margaret responds to the emotional potential of the scene. She takes a photograph, or makes a sketch, and takes notes about what attracted her to the spot. Then she creates the painting in her studio. She paints with the intention of investigating the sources of emotions that can be tapped with the use of color. She sees abstract art as the perfect outlet for her intention, and through art her imagination is released.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display until January 4, 2018.