Capture the Moment
ceramic sculpture and panels
Celebrate the return of summer at the Gallery in July as we feature a special double exhibit: Susan Springer showing a new collection of ceramic panels and sculpture, and Terry Sauvé with new oil paintings of Ashland landscapes.
"Backlit Trees, Emigrant Lake", Terry Sauvé
San Francisco artist, Terry Sauvé, returns to Illahe Studios and Gallery in July with a new collection of Ashland landscapes in oils, Morning on the Lake, Evening in the Hills, depicting the beauty of the Emigrant Lake area and surrounding hillsides. Terry's ability to capture the natural light and shadows falling over a scene during various times of the day is nothing short of exquisite. Inspired by a deep connection with nature, her paintings take the viewer to a serene moment in the natural world, while "pushing" the colors to enhance your experience.
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).
"Through the Trees" , Susan Springer
ceramic panels and sculpture
Gallery owner, Susan Springer, continues her Dancers Series with some new creations in clay. Sue's ceramic panels exhibit the energy of movement, capturing the lines of the figures in a moment of unity on the dance floor .Also featured are her stylized landscape panels, "Through the Trees", in the timeless Craftsman style. In preparation for the August Sculpture Invitational, Sue's new figurative sculptures in the female form will be available for a sneak preview during the month of July!
“Recently I have been thinking about the fleeting nature of time, the gesture which briefly exists and the golden light that suddenly falls on the hills and is just as quickly gone. Movement and energy of dance creates a series of moments, only captured in a photograph. Time goes by faster and faster and, in an effort to ‘be in the moment,’ I want to focus on the brief moment in time. The current series includes ceramic panels of dancers, landscapes, and sculpture which catch the moment and celebrate it.”
“I have always been interested in the edges, the unexpected and the unknown. By working with clay, every piece, every form and every tile is subjected to the fire. Opening a kiln after firing always reveals a surprise. I constantly experiment with form, glazes and the combinations. Moving beyond the flat surface, I am intrigued by relief forms, found objects and unexpected results. I begin with a general idea or concept and explore the creative development of the piece. As the piece develops, it creates possibilities of variation, of different interpretation.”
“A long held desire to combine a working studio with a gallery focusing on functional art has come to fruition with Illahe Studios and Gallery in the historic Nininger building. Originally built in 1899 as a general store, the expansive, light filled building allows me to work and greet visitors to the gallery.”