Artist to be featured during month of May in Nevada City
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Who: Deborah Bridges
What: Deborah Bridges: Environment and Exploration
When: May 1-31. Opening reception: 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 3. Gallery open daily from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m.
Where: LeeAnn Brook Fine Art 231 Broad Street in Nevada City, 530-557-5160
At once, the work of Grass Valley artist Deborah Bridges is both ephemeral and rooted in the mysterious and archetypal nature of the feminine, of mythology.
In this inaugural show, LeeAnn Brook Fine Art will feature the atmospheric encaustic paintings and ceramic sculptures of award winning, multi-disciplinary artist Deborah Bridges for the month of May.
“Environment and Exploration” will include her new series of ceramic sculptures of women as feminine archetype, including 5-foot tall garden sculptures. The show runs the month of May at LeeAnn Brook Fine Art, 231 Broad Street in downtown Nevada City. The opening reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday during which Deborah will give an artist talk on the inspiration for her work.
With an art education that began as an apprentice in a studio that specialized in monumental scale bronze sculpture, Bridges became a full-time artist at age 35. She established a career in bronze classical figuration and then developed a line of cement garden sculpture.
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Considering herself primarily a sculptor, Bridges chose wax as a painting medium as an extension of clay and a sculptural material she was already familiar with. In her paintings, representing ‘Environment’, Bridges also chose to paint with wax because of its luminous depth and organic nature. In this way, her intention is to create an “atmospheric quality of ease, serenity and spaciousness.”
Her paintings, intuitive by nature, almost always have a dimensional grid of tiny lines throughout the layers of the wax. Bridges explains how the lines offer layered depth to the piece and speak to the invisible order of the manifest world.
The sculptures, representing “Exploration”, follow a line of inspiration where Bridges starts small with maquettes (prototypes), allowing the ideas to evolve. The small sculptures are Bridges way of working through the concept until it becomes clear which to make into the next large piece.
There will be over eight maquettes for sale in the show that demonstrate a fresh, artful quality, exploring various expressions. Wanting to portray the feminine as present and powerful, the first two full-scale sculptures in this series come from Greek and Norse mythology.
LeeAnn Brook Fine Art gallery is open daily from noon to 5 p.m., and is open on Saturdays at 11 a.m. To see the work of the gallery’s newest artists, and read more about the gallery and its upcoming shows and events, visit http://www.leeannbrookfineart.com. For more information, call the office at 530-265-6817, or gallery at 530-557-5160.
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