The Artists’ Cooperative Gallery is excited to feature two artists and their thoughtful and thought provoking art in “Sorry…I have a lot on my mind”. Join us for the opening reception of Judith Anthony Johnston’s and Tom Quest’s new and unusual works on April 7th from 5 to 9 p.m. and throughout the month of April.
JUDITH ANTHONY JOHNSTON
Studies of the human form intrigue me. Working with mixed media, I struggle to find the soul of each piece I create. Sculpture has given my work a depth that allows me to explore my beliefs on life, love and spirituality. It adds a human essence to the abstraction. Each bit of charcoal that has crumble, every stroke of oil that has absorbed, all fragile layers of gold leaf that have adhered and the tiniest droplets from the inks that have stained the surface, all fuse together to form elements of my deeper thoughts.
Tom Quest has been playing in clay for 17 years, mostly in his home studio in Omaha. "In making my art, the process is as important as the finished piece. I continuously refine each step of the process to make my work unique and varied. All of my work is hand built using slabs of clay, or is extruded through a clay press. I use my skills as a carpenter to construct wooden forms which supports and holds the clay while I texture the surface. Many items are used to texture the clay, but my favorite is made from wood and specialty cut out on a scroll saw with added enhancements made by a wood burning. Textured clay is only the first step; the glaze must enhance the final appearance. I have tested formulas for years to develop the best glaze combinations to enhance the texture of the surface. I also identify with bold color variety to keep my work different and keep it interesting. The goal of all my work is to provide immediate beauty and never look ordinary."
Tuesday, May 2 - Sunday, May 28
Three artists explore individual expressions in their show “Realism to Abstract” May 2, 2017 – May 28, 2017, at the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery, 405 S. 11th St., Omaha. The artists will host an opening reception 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., May 5, 2017 at the gallery as part of First Friday Old Market.