October 2017 Artists

October 2017 Artists

Arkansas Living Treasure, Leon Niehues, Baskets: Beyond Function

Jay McDonald, Award Winning Photographer, Exhibits Botanicals: Up Close and Personal

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Niehues says of his work, "I have been making baskets, sculptural baskets, and now bentwood sculpture fro 36 years. My home and studio are in Huntsville, AR, which is Northwest Arkansas, the Ozarks. While using traditional materials and techniques I have added innovative ideas, methods of construction, and new and unique materials such as 3-M emery cloth, paint, and brass and stainless mini machine screws for connections. These processes and materials have led to work that is more complex and hopefully more interesting. One reason I think my work is attractive to the viewer is because it is old and new at the same time. I harvest my materials from my 40 acre woods where i enjoy working and being part of the natural world."
McDonald says about his work, "The artist and plant both depend on light for existence. By uniquely capturing the light, color, and gesture of these familiar subjects, I strived to evoke a new appreciation of these familiar botanical objects.

All of the subjects save the lettuce bowl and the ferns come from my garden in Fayetteville or on my rural land in Newton County. While most of these photographs emote life, beauty, and vibrancy, the image of decaying wood courtesy of fungus and lichen reveals the final stage of all plants quietly returning to the soil in order to provide for the infinite possibilities of its next cycle of life."

Extended Exhibition

Robyn Horn: Form Is Function

Robyn Horn: Form Is Function showcases a selected group of scultures and paintings by Arkansas Treasure Robyn Horn. The artist works in wood creating massive ten-foot sculptures such as Already Set in Motion that was installed at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in 2011 and Will it Fall to the smaller yet monumental sculptures that will be exhibited at the Fayetteville Underground Gallery in September.
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