Shellie Lewis-Dambax 'The One' 60"x50" oil, mixed media on panel

Shellie Lewis-Dambax 'Her Red Dress' 48" x 48" oil, mixed media on panel

Shellie Lewis-Dambex 'Grace' 48"x48" oil, mixed media on panel

Shellie Lewis-Dambax 'Her Red Rose' 68" x 49" oil, mixed media on panel

Shellie Lewis-Dambax 'Kate' 22" x 30" oil, mixed media on panel

Shellie Lewis-Dambax 'The Red Glove' 50" x 40" oil, mixed media on panel

Shellie Lewis-Dambax 'Shannon' 38" x 32" oil, mixed media on panel

Shellie Lewis-Dambax 'Laney' 36" x 36" oil, mixed media on panel

Shellie Lewis-Dambax 'Savannah' 38" X 32" oil, mixed media on panel

Shellie Lewis-Dambax 'Lilly' 35" x 35" oil, mixed media on panel

Shellie Lewis-Dambax 'Olivia' 29" x 23" oil, mixed media on panel

George Peterson 'Lingo' 32"x8" mixed media

George Peterson 'Lingo II' 36"x8" mixed media

George Peterson 'Square' 24"x22" mixed media

George Peterson 'Spiral' 37"x29" mixed media

George Peterson 'Autumn Leaves' 27"x27"x2" mixed media

In her red dress

Shellie Lewis Dambax George Peterson

February 1 – March 1, 2013

"In her red dress"

This exhibit is a collaboration for artist Shellie Lewis-Dambax and George Peterson. Both artists represent a unique point of view in their mixed media artwork. This show is not to be missed!

Opening Date: Friday, February 1st 2013 6pm until 8pm
Show dates: February 1st 2013 through March 31st 2013
With feature works by Shellie Lewis Dambax and George Peterson. The show will open with a reception on Friday February 1st 2013 from 6pm until 8pm.

"My work is a struggle of medium and imagery. In this body of work I struggle with my own feelings and judgments. The observation and interaction of people in my life, who have their own struggle, is what motivates and inspires me . Mental illness and depression are capturing and keeping hostage these kind and loving people and destroying them. My Hopes in this work is to make something beautiful out of something so sad and disturbing without losing its impact and connection to us all as a whole." Shellie Lewis Dambax

For me, the adventure and challenge of sculpting lies in focusing on the natural tension and drama I find in the wood, and in contrasting and complimenting that drama with my expressive mark as an artist. I channel a lot of destructive energy into my art. The pieces are formed from whole logs using chainsaws, hammers, chisels, fire axes,...anything. I aim to create layers of machined and natural surfaces. The raw sculptures are then placed in a kiln so the wood can stabilize. Often, during the drying process, the tension in the wood will cause a piece to warp and crack giving the forms an element of spontaneity that I could never contrive. After the wood is dry, I then refine each piece through careful and deliberate study. I paint, polish, trim, sew, join and repeat if necessary, until the work is resolved.
George Peterson

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