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Archway Gallery presents Wild Abandon
Featuring Turned Wood Containers by Thomas Irven
and Oil Paintings by Margaret Miller
2, 2017 – January 4, 2018
DATE: Saturday, December
2, 5 - 8 p.m.
TIME: 5 – 8 p.m.
LOCATION: Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy, Houston, Texas
Complimentary Valet Parking
& Light Refreshments
Houston, Texas (September 15, 2017) … Thomas
Irven and Margaret Miller 's exhibition,
will be on view December 2, 2017 – January 4, 2018. The artists will be available
to visit with guests during the opening reception on Saturday, December 2, 2017,
from 5 – 8 p.m. with an Artists’ Talk at 6:30 p.m.
Irven’s elegant and whimsical turned-wood forms display a cunning variety of
detail. Surface texture is added or polished away into a glowing satin finish.
Eccentrically turned finials and legs add personality to hollow containers. In
this show Thomas explores yet another new technique: thin strips of wood are
laminated, then bent to enhance the specific curve of the piece it is applied
to. Margaret Miller joins Thomas in this exhibit. Formerly an Archway Gallery
member, Margaret returns as a guest artist. Her oil paintings investigate a
range of emotion expressed through the use of color, tone, light, and
brushstroke. She works from sketches and photographs made in natural settings.
In her studio, each painting takes on its own identity as Margaret allows
bursts of vivid color to emerge through previous layers of paint, eliciting a
sense of atmospheric surprise. With more blended tones, tranquility prevails.
the basic woodturning techniques, Thomas uses several additional techniques to
add individuality to each piece. Trademark finials or spirals sprout from the
tops of lids or from bottoms of some larger pieces. His works may sit askew or
stand lopsided. He often adds feet to the vessels, animating them with a sense
of movement. The graceful feet also serve to direct attention to the
juxtaposition of the delicate legs and the larger hollow vessel they support.
eccentric turning technique, Thomas often turns a piece multiple times; each
time on a different axis. As a finishing touch, he may add color and texturing
to enhance natural grain, emphasize a contrast, or evoke an emotion.
enhances some forms with the slanted symmetry technique which he devised. He
forms a single angled shape by inserting a slanted, segmented ring of wood
between two horizontal, hollow sections. The added ring throws the joined form
out of balance visually, additionally the ring may be of varying woods,
finishes and/or color.
Thomas reaches out from his studio and into the community with teaching and
demonstrations of his woodturning. He has previously taught woodworking and
woodturning classes in the Houston area at The WoodWright’s Shop, Woodcraft,
and The Cutting Edge. He has taught at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s
History Camp since 2007. In 2013, 2016 and 2017, he presented woodturning
demonstrations for the Texas Children’s Art Festival at the MFAH’s Bayou Bend
Miller spent most of her childhood and teen years taking private painting
lessons. At the University of the Arts in Philadelphia she focused on graphic
design. After graduation she moved to Houston to work in the field of visual
communication. All the while, Margaret continued to paint to fulfill her own
desire for self-expression.
paintings for the current show are expressions of the resonance of a scene
rather than a faithful reproduction of the visual details. Whether in a quiet
park in Amsterdam, at Brazos Bend State Park, or on the streets of Houston,
Margaret responds to the emotional potential of the scene. She takes a
photograph, or makes a sketch, and takes notes about what attracted her to the
spot. Then she creates the painting in her studio. She paints with the
intention of investigating the sources of emotions that can be tapped with the
use of color. She sees abstract art as the perfect outlet for her intention,
and through art her imagination is released.
the painting style Margaret most often chooses is Impressionism. She works in
oils, capturing the play of light, tone, color and atmosphere. She starts with
a base color, then adds the darkest darks and the lightest lights, then the mid
tones and continues working until she likes the painting and knows it is
finished. Her photo becomes a painting of a scene or perhaps a study of a
single tree that elicits feeling in the viewer. Her vision is the mood of the
scene, not a portrait of it. In a wide horizontal painting, a downtown Houston
street rally becomes a riot of light, color, and activity that draws the viewer
into the action and arouses the desire to join in. This marriage of abstract
intention and an impressionist style works well for Ms. Miller.
ARCHWAY GALLERY Artist owned and operated since 1976. Archway Gallery, one of Houston’s
and the nation’s
oldest artist-owned and operated galleries, is located at 2305 Dunlavy and is
open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 – 5 p.m. Since 1976, Archway Gallery has been
exhibiting the work of the area’s finest artists,
providing a great selection of affordable, high quality art including
sculpture, pottery and painting in a variety of media and styles. One of the
more than 30 member artists is always on site, providing visitors a unique
experience to meet the artists who created the work, offering a personal
insight into the process. Each month features a special exhibition highlighting
member artist(s). The public is invited to the monthly opening receptions that
celebrate the new installations and work, usually held the first Saturday of
each month from 5 – 8 p.m. In addition
to monthly exhibitions, Archway also hosts a variety of demonstrations and
monthly readings for local writers and authors, as well as a “Tea and Tour”
program, providing visitors with a free artist-led tour of the current
exhibition, followed by tea and refreshments.
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