3 September – 16 October
Reception – Saturday 3 September, 6 – 8pm
Strawberry Woman by Wesley Anderegg
Akio Takamori, Margaret Keelan, Heidi Pruess Grew, Robin & John Gumaelius, Jacquline Hurlbert, Michelle Gallagher, Babette Harvey & Wesley Andergg
Narrative Ceramic Sculpture bring together a collection of works by nine ceramic artists who explore narrative in their work.
Narrative Ceramic Sculpture: A Story Told Through Clay
Narrative Ceramic Sculpture features works by ceramicists Wesley Anderegg, Akio Takamori, Michelle Gallagher, Jacquline Hurlbert, Margaret Keelan, Babette Harvey, Heidi Preuss Grew, and the husband and wife team, Robin and John Gumaelius. Each of these artists explore narrative, creating sculptures that engage the audience and invite personal interpretation. Each piece has evident or implied narrative, drawing on the artists’ individual real-life experiences or imagined worlds. The viewer is more than a voyeur, bringing their own viewpoint influenced by their biases and experience of the world, they become an active participant. In this way, each piece has a unique meaning to each and every viewer. This is the power of a story. As it is retold and is translated it becomes the interpreter’s own.
Ceramics by Akio Takamori
Each artist’s work is ultimately influenced by his or her own experiences. Akio Takamori began his career in ceramics studying functional ceramics in Japan, but was later influenced to change his approach following his move to the United States. His current work is figurative in nature. Takamori has his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University. He has an international reputation and has work in museum collections including the Los Angels County Museum of Art, Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Ariana Museum in Geneva, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including three National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship Grants (1986, 1988, 1992), the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant (2006), and the USA Ford Fellowship (2011). Takamori’s works are courtesy of collectors Michael and Driek Zirinsky.
Pregnant Lady by Wesley Anderegg
Wesley Anderegg draws from real-life observations and then allows his imagination to develop his subjects based on what he supposes his invented characters might do. Anderegg’s work has been featured in ceramic publications, and he has exhibited widely, including at The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery.
Team of Three by John & Robin Gumaelius
Robin and John Gumaelius, “feel” their pieces into existence instead of thinking them into existence. This is demonstrated by the whimsical nature of each piece and the unique individual contribution each of them make. Their work is featured in galleries throughout Oregon and the Northwest. Robin and John Gumaelius are exhibiting courtesy of White Bird Gallery, Cannon Beach.
Keeping Her Mischief in Check by Jacquline Hurlbert
Jacquline Hurlbert’s work frequently reflects an internal exploration of the different personalities that reside in each of us. Hurlbert received her art degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and her master’s in sculpture at California State University at Northridge. Her work is featured at several galleries throughout the U.S.
Cockatoo Secret by Margaret Keelan
Margaret Keelan typically recalls her childhood and the way we all change as we age and become more entrenched in the world. She has been working in ceramics for over 40 years. In 1970 she received an Advanced B.A., from the University of Saskatchewan and in 1976 her M.F.A., from University of Utah. She has received multiple awards in Canada and the U.S. for her work.
The Voyeur by Heidi Preuss Grew
Heidi Preuss Grew’s inspiration stems from daily interactions with others and her need to share those with others. She has earned degrees from Ohio University and University of Illinois and has taught at Willamette University. Her work can be found in permanent collections all over the world.
The Minotaur by Michelle Gallagher
Michelle Gallagher is a Portland artist and set designer who has a background in early childhood education, which influences her tendency to sculpt children and the young and tender developing ego. Gallagher is exhibiting courtesy of the RiverSea Gallery, Astoria.
Holding the Future by Babette Harvey
Babette Harvey lives and works in Oregon, where the mountains and ocean are within an hour or two drive from her house. Surrounded by nature, this has become the underlying narrative throughout her work. Her imagery draws on the natural world, humanity, and environmental issues. Each sculpture reflects these subjects through the juxtaposition of nature imagery and human centered objects.
A catalog is available for this exhibition, funded by The Ford Family Foundation. Cannon Beach Gallery’s exhibition program is supported by the City of Cannon Beach Tourism & Arts Commission and Cannon Beach Community grants , The Ford Family Foundation, The James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation, and our membership.