Cannon Beach Art Gallery’s September Show brings two non-traditional sculptors together. Stan Peterson is a self-taught woodcarver. Jeanne Henry is an established potter who has stepped out of the box to create innovative ceramic reliefs. There is an element of folk art charm about both these bodies of work, while maintaining their credentials in the ream of fine art.
Stan Peterson says, “I carve wood sculptures, which depict moments when something is about to happen. These are everyday moments, sometimes poignant, sometimes with an edge of humor.” His work is often modest in scale, handheld, yet on occasion feels ‘larger than life’.
The work begins with sketches, usually draw in the evening, depicting the things he has seen, heard, read, or remembered. The drawings capable of standing up as a sculpture are redrawn or painted on basswood, then rough-cut with Japanese saws. Over months these are carved with chisels and flex knives defining the gesture and giving the figures ‘presence’. The finished carving is then defined with hints of washed on color. “When the Sculpture stands on it’s own with a casual sense of grace, it is time to travel to the Gallery.”
Jeanne Henry has been a potter for 38 years, creating elegant and functional ceramics. Her divergence into carved relief sculpture originated in her passion for photography. She tells how she has, “ always loved photography. I’ve been drawn to images that pull you in and make you wonder, “What’s around that corner?” In 2000, she took photographs in Southern France and Corsica. “One set of images of ancient archways had intense appeal to me. I printed endless photographs, blew them up, drew them, made intaglio prints and did water colors of those archways. I was compelled to work with them. It became essential to find a way to blend my photography with my clay.”
Determined to find a way to wed the two disciplines, she worked with layers of clay and realized that she could show distance and perspective by carving. Employing the firing and glazing techniques with which she was familiar, she began to experiment with stoneware clays, Mason Stains and oxides create a sense of space and distance. She continues to base these works on her own photographs from Oregon and abroad, calling them “vacations for your mind”.
Jeanne Henry functional ceramics will also be available at the gallery throughout the exhibition.
Reception: Saturday, August 29th, 5-7pm
This exhibition was made possible with the aid of our funding partner James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation