AUGUST 2016: ETHAN HAMBY–INNER EARTH
We are showcasing a ceramic installation by Ethan Hamby created specifically for Zephyr Gallery and incorporating sound. His functional ceramic pieces will also be shown. An opening reception with the artist was held Saturday, August 6. The exhibit dates for this immersive environment are August 5 through August 29, 2016. Our late nights in August will be Thursdays from 3-8pm on August 11 and August 25.
INNER EARTH ARTIST STATEMENT
Fallen brown leaves absorbed last night’s rain. Fermenting aromas mingle in the mist. The pine trees feel thick and forbidding. Yet earth–transforming musk invites me to enter this liminal space between field and forest.
The wind changes direction and I look beyond sight (I listen). I crouch under timbers and climb moss-pocked boulders to cross over into the wild space of interior. I reach down between the crack of an oak trunk and the split seam of soil and find a form of living consciousness mysteriously birthed from layers of decay. Beyond plant or animal, I discover a kingdom far from ordinary human life.
As a young child, I entered the woods and never left. At thirty, my arms are deep in spinning clay—exploring memory and imagination—more curious with every gesture. I forage for sounds and forms within the land and myself: digging, making art, listening to my inner earth.
SEPTEMBER 2016: LOST AND FOUND, collages by Melissa A. Richard
We will feature collages by Melissa A. Richard from September 2 through September 26, 2016. Melissa hails from southern NH and has graciously agreed to make the trip to Zephyr to supply our walls with her beautiful art. We will host an opening reception with the artist on Saturday, September 17 from 5.30 to 7.30 pm. Our late nights in September are Thursdays from 3-8pm on September 8 and September 22.
Melissa A. Richard is an Artist-Teacher from Southern NH with degrees from the University of New Hampshire and Boston University in Studio Art and Art Education.
Since the early 2000’s Melissa has worked primarily in Collage/Mixed Media and Painting, and also dabbles in Digital Photography (often included in her collage work). After her first solo exhibition in 2006, Melissa has gone on to show her work in a number of exhibitions around the country. Most recently, Melissa’s work “One More Night” was part of the Winter Wonders exhibition at ArcWorks in Peabody, MA in February 2016. A recent painting of hers also graced the cover of Indie Rock band NEMES’ new live studio album, released in April 2016.
Teaching is a large part of Melissa’s identity as an artist. There is a symbiotic relationship that exists between her art and her teaching. Childhood and Memories are common themes that run through much of Melissa’s work.
OCTOBER 2016: PHANTASIA
A group show celebrating Halloween, on view September 30 through October 31, 2016. Our opening reception with the artists will be on Friday, October 7, 2016 from 5.30 to 7.30 pm.
NOVEMBER 2016: solo show with RAY WENGENROTH
Our November show will focus on the work of Ray Wengenroth. This Renaissance artist knows no bounds when it comes to specializing in a medium. Zephyr will be filled with his creations such as furniture to jewelry, as well as painting and photography.
MUG, ATOM'S EAR, and CUP: copyright Ethan Hamby. ETHAN HAMBY--INNER EARTH, THE WHISTLEBLOWER, BOTTLE, opening crowd, and corner trio photographs: copyright Joe Cultrera. COLLAGE copyright Melissa A. Richard. All rights reserved.