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Mountainair Gallery Hosts Ceramics and Abstract Shows
06-05-2006, 12:41 AM
In keeping with their "never stand still" philosophy, the folks an Cibola Arts Gallery in Mountainair are off to the start of a busy summer. They already have two new art shows planned in Jue and July. On June 10th they'll host an opening reception for the “Ceramics at Cibola” show. The show will feature the works of Jude Wasechek, Doris Burton-Minnick, Ron Minnick, and Bryan Jory. That show will continue throught June.
Then, on July 1 Cibola Gallery will host a second reception for the “New Works” show, a one-man show featuring Dennis Ziegler’s abstract paintings. Both openings will run from 2-4 pm.
Ceramics at Cibola Show
Cibola Arts Gallery is home to many fine ceramicists, and the gallery has added some additional guest artists for this show. Jude Wasechek creates not only brilliantly glazed functional ceramics, but also raku wall art. Doris Burton-Minnick is particularly known for her whimsical garden ceramics which include teapot bird houses and toad houses.
Since moving to Mountainair, Doris’ creative juices have really been flowing. She says, “My husband and I have been trying all kinds of new media. Pottery has been the most challenging with the most possibilities of anything I have tried. I got my pottery wheel two years ago and have been practicing on it ever since. It can be pretty frustrating at first, but eventually the practice pays off and the clay responds like magic. It is fun to have unique handmade pieces to use in the kitchen such as a colander or bowls for serving snacks. I also love to make purely sculptural pieces for wall hangings or yard art such as my teapot birdhouses, toad houses and wind chimes. I am always trying something new, getting advice from potter friends, watching instructional videos, and practicing, practicing, practicing.” Both Doris and her husband, Ron Minnick, also create functional raku ceramics and wall art.
The final artist for this ceramic show is Bryan Jory. Bryan offers a host of artistic functional ceramic art that he shows in other shops and galleries in New Mexico. As a long standing Mountainair artist, Cibola Arts is excited about showing his work with other Cibola ceramicists.
Abstract Art Show
Dennis Ziegler is one of the newest Cibola Arts Gallery members. Ziegler’s mediums are acrylic, oil, ink, and artist marker drawings and paintings. This prolific artist creates both representational and abstract paintings. And although he can’t pin his work down to any one genre, his work with brilliant colors places him in the colorist camp.
Upon examining his art it is no small surprise to find his major artistic influences are Salvador Dali, Jackson Pollock, and Vincent Van Gogh and that he is also drawn to esoteric mysticism. Two key metaphors evident in Ziegler’s work are trees and crosses. Ziegler was raised Catholic, so the cross was a strong mystical symbol for him from an early age. As he studied other religions and spiritual beliefs, he saw how the cross was a universal symbol. Likewise, his long standing emotional connection to trees is yet another mystical symbol that emerges in many of his paintings.
Cibola Arts Gallery is located at 217 W. Broadway in Mountainair. Food and drink will be served at both openings. Gallery hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Sunday.
For more information call 847-0324 or visit Cibola Arts website at: www.cibolaarts.com (http://www.cibolaarts.com/).
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