Terry Sauvé- Lake Emigrant Morning
Ashland Hills from Dawn to Dusk
San Francisco artist, Terry Sauvé, returns with her latest collection of exceptional landscape oil paintings. Terry is known for her extraordinary ability to “capture the magical quality of light falling over a scene in nature.” She is especially drawn to paint the first and last light of the day, “when trees are bathed in a warm hue and the distant hillsides glow.” Many of her paintings depict Ashland hills, lakes, and countryside.
Terry Sauvé has been painting in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1996 when she settled there to attend the Academy of Art College. She has studied with some of the area’s best painters including Brian Blood, Craig Nelson, William Maughn and Randall Sexton. Her primary focus is on landscape painting. Feeling a deep connection with nature, she is inspired by the natural light falling over a scene. Capturing this magical quality of light is one focus of her paintings, as is “pushing” the color found in nature to enhance the painting. Her method includes taking photographs, making sketches and/or color studies on location. From these references she works on larger finished paintings in her studio. Here, she transmits what she has absorbed from studying color and light in nature into her paintings. The scenes she creates evoke a sense of expansive stillness, a quiet moment where the viewer can take a peaceful respite.
Terry has received national recognition, being included in the 2007 Paint the Parks “Mini Top50”. Her prize-winning work was included in the Academy of Art’s Annual Spring Show for four consecutive years and published in the “New Fillmore” monthly newspaper (Oct. 2002).
Terry resides in San Francisco with her husband, musician and composer, Paul Scheffert and their son, David Paul.
Susan Springer Girl with Mandolin
Gallery owner, Susan Springer, expands on her Dancers Series of sculptural clay mosaics, experimenting with figurative representations of varied techniques, such as relief work and torn edges. “The ‘dancers’ have evolved to a process which interprets an image more often painted and photographed, and translates it into a sculptural panel, adds mosaic elements, found objects, glass and symbols, to create a work celebrating movement, creativity and the unexpected.” The resulting dancers emerge from the clay in an inventive display of timeless art.
Susan Springer has been drawn to the ceramic arts, including tile, sculpture, pottery and mosaics since the early 1970’s. Expanding the form and surface, creating unexpected combinations of edge, form and texture, continue to intrigue her as she works in her studio located in Illahe Studios and Gallery. Sue’s inspiration to continue with the dancer form is a response to the newly renovated dance studio located above the gallery. The “dancers” have evolved to a process which takes an image more often painted and photographed, and translates it into a sculptural panel, adds mosaic elements, found objects, glass and symbols, to create a work celebrating movement, creativity and the unexpected.
While living in the mountains of Illahe, Oregon, Susan continued her ceramic work, began tilemaking and taught ceramic classes at SWOCC for several years. She began a course of Graduate study at the University of Oregon, completing a MFA in 1984. As a thesis project for her Masters degree, she completed a public art commission for the City of Springfield, Oregon. This ceramic relief mural is located in the Springfield City Hall and titled, “Between the Rivers.”
At Illahe Studios and Gallery, she continues to design and produce works for installations and sculptural murals for public, as well as private commissions. She has completed numerous installations, donor recognition, private and public commissioned projects, including, “Rio Amistad,” the mosaic placed at the Calle Guanajuato Overlook at Lithia Park in Ashland. Recently, as part of an “Artist in the Schools” program, Springer worked with ten classes at Helman Elementary School in Ashland, creating tiles with student designed images from their favorite books, to decorate benches outside the school’s new library. Currently, Sue is the designer and coordinator of the “Peace Wall”, a community project being completed and installed in front of the Ashland Library.