By Rebecca Spiess
Two new exhibitions arrive at the Confluence Gallery in Twisp on Saturday May 8th.
“American Craft: We the People” will be displayed in the Main Gallery, while the Community Gallery will feature “Framing Tactile,” a solo exhibition by Linda Pawson. Both showcases will run until June 19.
“American Craft” focuses on the handmade crafts that many artists have turned to during the coronavirus lockdown.
“It was pretty much based on what was going on with COVID, because we all went home, inside,” said Theresa Miller, one of the show’s commissioners. “It’s finding out what people were going through.”
Artists were invited to submit paintings, weavings, jewelry, sculptures, woodworking, and glassware. One artist created interlocking dioramas, another submitted a sculpture in tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and several versions of the American flag were also submitted.
The show will present an extraordinary juxtaposition, a signature of this country.
“It’s a real mix,” Miller said. “Usually our exhibits are dominant in mural art, but three quarters of that exhibit is on the floor. People will walk in the middle of the workplace. “
Linda Pawson, from Washington State, will present objects found in textile frames in her exhibit. She often works with handmade paper from around the world and frames from different eras, creating an integration of past and present.
In addition, Galerie Confluence is organizing a “personal portrait gallery” fundraiser on May 19 from 2 pm to 4 pm and May 23 from 10 am to 3 pm. Photographer Roxanne Best volunteers her time for 20-minute portrait sessions for up to five people. .
“As an artist and someone who works with artists, a lot of them don’t have professional portraits,” Best explained. “So the other side of this event, besides the fundraising, offered an affordable option for artists who may not have the means to do a full branded shoot.”
The cost of each shoot is $ 120, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to Confluence Gallery.
Call 997-2787 for more information.