Exhibition December 1, 2012 – January 3, 2013
DATE: Saturday, December 1, 2012
TIME: 5 – 8 pm
LOCATION: Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy, Houston, TX 77006
Light refreshments will be served
Houston, Texas (September 17, 2012) – Archway Gallery presents The Painter and The Potter featuring watermedia artist Mary L. Davis and guest artist, potter, Albert Goldreich. The exhibition will be on view December 1, 2012 through January 3, 2013.
The artists will be on hand to visit with guests during the exhibition opening reception on Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 5 – 8 pm at the gallery. Both artists will talk about their work during the opening reception.
These artists were drawn to each other’s work through a mutual appreciation of using a limited palette and expressive bold design concepts. Although the mediums are very different, painting and pottery, the use of color and unusual design techniques and applications flow in concert making this a one-of-a-kind exhibit.
Each piece created by Davis continues her devotion to the use of a very limited palette and non-structured approach. The paintings for this show have been created over the past two years and held specifically for this exhibit. “In my mind they are the best-of-the-best of the artwork created over the past two years,” Davis says. “Life has been good. Watching my family grow and prosper has inspired extreme joy which is expressed through this collection.”
Using primarily acrylic paints, Davis uses diverse tools on a variety of surfaces to create abstract paintings with depth and personal expression. Although each painting is personal to this
artist, her desire is that the viewer finds their own meaning in each piece. Davis says that she enjoys hearing what the viewer sees in a piece because it is so often different from her own visualization.
Davis came to the art world after 20 plus years in the corporate environment and being president of her own firm. Since retiring in 2007, she has worked full-time as an artist out of her home studio in northwest Houston. She is a past president of the Watercolor Art Society-Houston (WAS-H), signature member of the Watercolor Honor Society and Texas Watercolor Society. Her work has been exhibited in numerous solo exhibits over the past several years. Davis has been a member of Archway Gallery for the past three years.
Goldreich, the potter and guest artist brings to life a remarkable combination of vivid, textured designs, overlaid with unusual techniques of glaze application. Goldreich approaches each piece as an individual work of art. His passion for the craft is evident in this presentation of all new works which exemplify the creative heart and soul of this extraordinary craftsman.
Goldreich’s fascination for clay began back in 1975 while living in South Africa and studying with well-known South African potter, Digby Hoets. Goldreich immigrated to the United States in 1981 and turned his love for pottery into a full-time profession in 2005. Whether creating by hand or using the potter's wheel, his unique designs reflect not only his South African heritage, but encompass contemporary and universal appeal, as his work is both functional and decorative.
“The fact that the clay can be manipulated by throwing on the potter’s wheel, pinched, cut, coiled, slabbed, textured and joined is especially appealing to me,” Goldreich said. “After more than 30 years, I still find pottery to be a never-ending challenge as I constantly attempt new ideas, driven by my passion for this craft.”
An interesting fact about Goldreich - he holds the world record of 18 hours and 3 minutes for "continuous throwing on the potter’s wheel by one person" beating the previous record by one hour as published in the book "The Book of Alternative Records." His work can be found in many private collections. Goldreich is a past member of Archway Gallery.
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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 am – 6 pm and Sunday from 1 – 5 pm. 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. With more than 30 member artists, one is always on site, offering visitors a unique experience to meet the artists who created the work, offering a personal insight about the process behind their creativity. Each month features a special exhibition by a highlighted member artist(s); the public is invited to the monthly opening receptions to celebrate the new installations and work, usually held the first Saturday of each month from 5 – 8 pm. 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. With 30 artist-members, Archway Gallery is THE destination in the Houston area for affordable art directly from the artist. For more information, visit ArchwayGallery.com or call 713.522.2409. Become a fan on Facebook.