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The Arts Live Advisory Board Ron Thomas

Graduated from The Art Institute of Chicago {BFA]; Indiana University [MS]; SIU-E [MFA]. Began the Sculpture and Painting Department at St. Louis Community College @ Meramec and also taught 2D @ 3D Design, Drawing and Figure Drawing and Advanced Special Problems courses. Retired after 40 years. Solo exhibitions at St. Louis Art Museum, Laumeier Sculpture Gallery, The Art Foundry in St Charles and other galleries. Winner of The National Endowment for the Arts for “Excellence in Drawing”. Currently experimenting with oils on wood and traveling with artist-wife Harriet to museums and art galleries through U.S. and Canada. Email:

Bryan Haynes

The commercial work of the artist has graced the pages of national magazines, international advertising campaigns, CD covers, posters, and book covers from Agatha Christie to the cover of “Scarlett” the sequel to “Gone With the Wind”. Since graduating of the Art Center College of Design in 1983 his artwork has been represented by Bernstein & Andriulli in New York, Ron Sweet in San Francisco, and Foster Represents in St. Louis. Recent corporate and institutional commissions include murals and large scale paintings for; The Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, The Missouri Botanical Garden’s permanent collection, The Westward Expansion Memorial Museum at the Arch, Novus International Inc., and the Danforth Plant Science Center. Additional patrons include Disney, Estee Lauder, Warner Bros., Toblerone – Switzerland, Universal Studios, IBM, Nike, Sony Music Corp., and Anhueser Busch.

Vic Barr

I design and work with the North American and exotic hardwoods of the world. I create contemporary jewelry chests and towers. I hand turn a lot of writing instruments, pens and pencils. I’ve begun to do some contemporary table-top sculptural pieces. I design custom pieces to meet the needs of individual clients. Email:

Sandy Kolde

After retiring from a long professional career in health care I now devote my life to art, which has always been a vital interest of mine. I have taken many classes at the Craft Alliance, as well as workshops at Penland School of Fine Craft and Arrowmont. Contemporary ceramic figurative sculpture is my focus and these sculptures have recently been shown in exhibits at William Woods University, and the St. Charles Arts Council. I have served on Boards of Directors of several arts organizations and believe strongly that art contributes to the quality of life for all who are interested in either viewing art as a patron or producing art themselves. Email:

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On-Line Publication Publisher and Editor Joyce Rosen Design The Design Company Sandy Ferrario Editorial Assistants Sandra Kolde Advertising Sales Digital-Media Direct Sandra Kolde Photography Marion Noll


WELCOME to the 2012 Spring Edition in celebration of our first anniversary of “The Arts Live”. We have been working to provide you with greater access to artists, galleries, art organizations, and performing arts. Our goal is championing your arts experience across the state of Missouri. The Arts Live Advisory Board goal is to develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and practice of the arts, and to increase the accessibility of the arts to the public/patrons. Ron Thomas, Bryan Haynes, Vic Barr, and, Sandy Kolde. We look forward to a strong advisory board that will help with these challenges. Digital media technologies are affecting every aspect of our society, economy and culture. Arts and cultural organizations can now connect with the public in new ways, bringing them into a closer relationship with culture and creating new ways for them to take part.

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Studio Visits Encouraging the public to meet artist, see new work, make purchases and nurture potential new collectors. Increase access for the public to see work and meet artists, Interviews with Contemporary Artists’ working across the United States in a variety of media, painting, Sculpture, ceramics, and photography.

Dialog with Us An open forum on contemporary art and culture.

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Gallery Visits

Art Festivals Art Organizations

Galleries are attracting audiences to experiences the best of contemporary visual arts.

International Photography Museum- John Nagle Meramec- Ceramic Exhibition- Jim Ibur

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Is made up of artists, persons of knowledge experience and judgement who have an interest in the arts.

Ron Thomas, Bryan Haynes, Vic Barr, and Sandy Kolde

Special-Transitions Bob Cassilly, Bill Vann, and Edmond Meyer


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am Stang, a nationally known glass artist from Augusta, Missouri, is truly a multi-talented artist. Stang’s work is shown as far east as New York, and as far west at Seattle, Washington. Stang produces his beautiful glass art in a studio he built from a 1930 era gas station in a small town, that is known for its wineries. Sam Stangs glass studio, while open by appointment only, has become a tourist attraction in its own right. Stang holds open houses on occasion, and we can tell you by personal experience, the galley is packed with people looking forward to purchasing some of his signature pieces. He produces work that can range from a small dollar amount to up to $1,200 and there are many who are most standing in line to purchase a piece of Sam Stang glass and feel fortunate to have access to a local artist of his caliber.

Why does the world need art? We need the inspiration and the beauty of art around us.

Above: Sam Stang in studio


Sam Stang was born in Northfield, Minnesota in 1959. The Family moved to University City in 1961. Stang attended Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri from 1980-1984. As a youngster I was always making creating something. A little known fact is I started as a black and white photographer at Washington University. All of my pieces are made by using traditional European glassblowing techniques. I have been inspired by mid-century Italian and Scandinavian design. With Murrini pieces. I begin by making glass rods which are patterned in cross section. The rods are cooled and cut into thin pieces and arranged on an iron plate which is then heated to fuse the murrini. This is then rolled into a tube on the end of a blowpipe and shaped into the final form. Every piece I make is

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As a student of Fritz Dreisbach at Penland School of Crafts in 1983. he also a student of Lino Tagliapietra at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine. Sam was a founding partner in Ibex Glass Studio (1985 through 1991) and started Augusta Glass Studio in Augusta Missouri in 1992 which he still operates as a sole proprietorship. Sam Stang does strong and intricate work, with clear evidence of its roots in the Italian tradition of glassblowing. His work is available in many fine galleries throughout the country as well as at his studio gallery in Augusta, Missouri. I love blowing glass for me it is always inspiring, I enjoy being in the studio everyday. My Studio is located in Augusta, Missouri, I bought and old gas station that dates back to the 1930. The light is phenomenal in my studio. I work Monday through

Friday - September through May then it becomes too hot so I travel and do shows. Q. What do you do for fun? A. My wife Kaeko Maehata and I enjoy traveling the world going to museums and galleries. I have a group of friends/musicians we play music every Tuesday night at the studio, I play a steel guitar our group is called “Texas Giants”. Q. Did your family have an influence on your decision to become an artist’s? In a way my father pushed me into art we always had art books in the house, we traveled and visited museums and galleries around the world. I lost my father December 14, 2011. Richard Stang, PHD, professor emeritus of English in Arts & Sciences at Washington University.

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Current Home- Augusta, Missouri Price Range of your work- Up to $1,200 Gallery Hours – Open by appointment only Web Site: • Email:

Upcoming Festivals: Smithsonian Craft Show- April 19-22, 2012 Cherry Creek Festival- July,6,7,8 2012

Galleries: Avventura , New York, NY Bluestem Missouri Crafts, Columbia, MO Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO Edward Bernard Gallery, Cape Girardeau Eurekan Gallery, Eureka Springs, AR Kela’s Glass Gallery, Kapaa, HI Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, AZ Penland Gallery, Penland, NC Pismo Gallery, Denver, CO Pritam and Eames, East Hampton, NY Saint Louis Art Museum Shop, St. Louis, MO Vetri, Seattle, WA

Bayou City Arts Festival Houston, TX March 23rd to 25th 2012 Jazzfest New Orleans Contemporary Crafts Section May 3rd to 6th 2012 Ann Arbor Art Fair July 18th to 21st 2012 Smithsonian Craft Show- Washington, DC April 19-22, 2012 Cherry Creek Festival- Denver CO July,6,7,8 2012 All but Eurekan Gallery are current.

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Clockwise from top left: “Alight” Approximately 11” x 12” x 3”, “Exuberance” Approximately 20”x20”x8”, “Spring Awakens” Approximately 9” x 4” x 2.5”, “Dark Matter” Life-size portrait bust approximately 22” x 15” x 10” , ‘Placid Efflorescence” Approximately 10”x11”x6”, “Revered” Approximately 17” x 13” x8” (lifesize).

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aul W. Bayer is a St. Louis based stone sculptor with a studio currently located at the Crestwood Mall. Bayer works primarily in white and slightly veined marbles. But he also favors a variety of other translucent stones, such as onyx, alabaster, fluorite, calcite etc. The crystalline structure and texture of natural stone combine to reflect light in an extraordinary way, giving forms movement and life. Bayer’s sculptures flow with an energy that is exciting to see. He carves directly in stone, and uses models, maquettes and drawings when doing commissioned reliefs, busts and other works. He enjoys working with realism and all forms of abstraction. The techniques used for carving stone vary greatly. A variety of tools are used for large removal and shaping. All finish work and some texturing is accomplished with the simplest of tools; hammer & chisels, files and sandpaper. Polishing itself is a very time consuming eleven-step process done entirely by hand. Bayer uses texturing on most of his sculptures. The combination between natural stone textures and the polish surface create a wide variety of colors and reflections within the same stone. As a very young person Bayer enjoyed working with clay. Then at the age of 17 he was at Art Mart and saw a stone carving set. “My parents surprised me with the carving set for a combined birthday and Xmas gift.” For fifteen years Bayer was a painting contractor. Then, about ten years ago he began working with Bob Cassilly, cutting stone at the City Museum. He worked with Bob Cassilly at his Cementland project until his untimely death last year, Paul continues his work at City Museum.

Bayer has received many awards since 1994 and has had numerous solo exhibitions is St. Louis, Mo and Colorado. Bayer’s welcomes visitor to his studio in Crestwood Mall but it could be closing when the entire Mall is closed. So he recommends you call before visiting. Commissions Public Eye Inc, St. Louis, Missouri Boy Scouts of America, Greater St. Louis Council Mavrocat Productions Inc., St. Louis, Missouri Magna Bank, Corporate Services, Belleville, Illinois Pranschke & Holderle, L. C., St. Louis, Missouri China Matching Services, Ballwin, Missouri Dent Wizard International, St. Louis, Missouri Padelford Packet Boat Company, St. Paul, Minnesota Grasse & Associates, St Louis, Missouri Sy’s Supplies, West Palm Beach, Florida Price range $50 up to $30,000 Email: Paul Bayer Gallery, 606 Crestwood Court, St. Louis, Mo 63126 314.724.8946

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The Art Center

Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington DC

April 19-22, 2012 Celebrating the Creative Spirit of America National Building Museum, Washington, DC Missouri Artist participating Sam Stang, Augusta, Missouri- Glass Michael Bauermeister –Wood Joseph Pozycinski, Sparta, Missouri- Glass Luanne Rimel, St. Louis, Missouri- Fiber

The Art Center

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rand Center will soon welcome a new museum and gallery of photography. The International Photography Hall of Fame is moving from Oklahoma City to St. Louis. This non profit organization founded as the Photographic Art & Science Foundation in 1965 will be moving to the second floor of the Triumph Grill at 3415 Olive Street. The vision of IPHF is to “Educate the public about the diverse spectrum of photography and its cultural impact, including the history and current practice of its processes and artistry; collect, preserve and exhibit examples of photography and the instruments used in its creation; and honor significant contributors in the evolution of the art and science of photography.” St. Louis is a superb environment for the headquarters of this international organization. There are more than a dozen colleges and universities with photography programs in the metropolitan region, while the St. Louis Camera Club is the largest in the nation. The high level of interest in photography in St. Louis is demonstrated by the Art Museum itself which just opened the stunning major photographic exhibition, “An Orchestrated Vision: The Theater of Contemporary Photography”. The Art Museum benefits from a specialty Collector’s Circle for photography, composed of enthusiastic collectors and experts in the art of photography. IPHF brings to St. Louis its collections of 6,000 antique cameras and artifacts and more than 30,000 photographs. With a stellar board of directors, many from the St. Louis region and highly accomplished in the multiple avenues of photography, the organization anticipates opening the doors to its galleries before the end of the year.

Photography is both a science and an art. The amazing presence of photography at all levels of society, from the practical recording of newsworthy events to the highest form of personal expression, is testament to the complete infiltration of this medium into our culture. IPHF publishes a journal which attempts to place the architects and artists of the medium in historical context. All science depends on the recording ability of the camera. The 20th century discoveries in astronomy, for example, have all been made as a result of photography. The Hubble Telescope is perhaps the largest, most specialized camera ever constructed. During the recent recession, one might expect a decline in the collection of photographs as fine art. However, consider the following auction records for the past three years: a photograph by Andreas Gursky sold at auction in 2009 for $3.3 million; an anonymous photograph of Billy the Kid sold at auction in 2011 for $2.3 million, and a self portrait by Cindy Sherman sold in 2011 for $3.9 million. IPHF will make extensive contributions to the cultural life of St. Louis. There is no better location than Grand Center, described by independent urban planners as the densest cultural neighborhood in the country. IPHF will bring its camera museum, and will sponsor historical and contemporary exhibitions, print competitions, guest speakers, workshops (from antique processes to digital technologies), traveling exhibitions, a meeting place for photographic groups and a robust gift shop. IPHF has flexible membership options; check our website at or call John Nagel for information (314-435-4379).

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DJ Berard

Q. When did you first realize you were an artist A. I still fight accepting that label. I am a painter that is trying to communicate an image, idea or feeling. Others started calling me an artist after a TV interview years ago, I thought it was very flattering

Q. Description of your art A. It would be “Impressionist Abstract Landscapes” I am working from an impressionist landscape to the abstract. In many I will leave indicators that it is still a landscape, other works only the organic shapes remain of a landscape. I still paint rich fun mid-western landscapes but am working on developing a new abstract of those images. Q. Current Medium A. I have always worked in acrylics and some watercolors. I can paint in oils and water based oils but I prefer the immediacy of acrylics. Q. A favorite subject matter? A. It has been small towns and landscapes with great shadows. I paint what is familiar. Some say I “elevate the ordinary” in painting what is around me. I need to live with my surroundings for awhile to see what is interesting, different light and different seasons change what I see. Above: D.J. Berard’s studio Left: Loveland Creek, 52” x 50” oil and collage on canvas

Q. Have you been Influenced by what artist and how? A. I have been influenced by an art history of artists. Rothko for his powerful squares, Diebenkorn for his simplified abstracts and landscapes, Rembrandt for his glazed rich colors,Monet and his layering of paint that never seems to be heavy and an artist called Trevor, from Kentucky, for his simple compositions and beautifully simple colors. Q. What inspires or motivates me? A. Light , shadows, quiet mornings with lots of clouds, other artists, empty parks, colors in unexpected places, alleys with lots of shadows; I take inspiration from where I live and the people I know. I think its the same for most artists. Q. My work has changed over time. I began as an impressionist landscape painter. Moving to southern Arizona I found that galleries wanted abstracts. So I painted those. The became linear layers of glazed color. The landscape was flat between mountains, sand, rocks and flat desert and then more tall mountains. It was easy to translate that kind of landscape into abstract. Colors were intensified into rich deep glazed layers of ochres, oranges and reds, gold and purples. I am glad to be back in the mid-west this year with a different color palette of green, blues,

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Above: Bike Trail at 40 49”x66”

Above: Storefront 24”x36”

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yellows and reds, and to be able to walk the parks without fear of attack from scorpions and snakes. Q. Other interests besides painting? A. I work in ceramics and consider it a diversion when paintings are not going well. Outside of the arts I will kyack, bike, and surf whenever I can. The California beaches were a great diversion and just a short drive in a hot Arizona summer. Q. Studio Space where is it and describe your studio what is it like A. I have a new studio in our new home in Cincinnati. The house there is still being renovated and I hope to have it finished in the next few years, While here in St Charles I am working out of the Lindenwood university painting studios. I have taken over a large corner of the studio, the instructors are very understanding. It has the added advantage of painting instructors that can give critiques and advise when needed, they help keep me humble. The studio has great light and large space to work in. It is a blessing to have it available. Q. Do I work in the studio every day? A. If I could I would. I am there 6 days a week with time out on warm days to take photos and get to the parks. I work try and build a stack of frames for future work so I can work uninterrupted for quite awhile. Q. For fun? A. Concerts, plays, parks, friends, picnics, archery range, go-karts, and always traveling. I am always looking for something new to do.

Q. Music? A. I wish I could say I pay attention to music. If its playing its OK. As long as its not distracting while I am working I will leave the radio on. Its always good for background sounds. Q. My family as influence? A. My mother told me to learn to type. My school counselor told me I could be either a teacher or a nurse. What my family did give me was the freedom to decide what I wanted to do, and then I did my best to get there. Q. Why does the world need art? The world will always need art. Think of the world without the arts. Architecture, fabrics, colors, designs, books, painting, music, it would be a miserable place without the arts. Man has a innate drive to create things. Creativity, in many degrees, is part of the human psyche. In short, art must happen. The world needs art because man has a need to create. Borne. Bloomington Indiana. My father was a law student there Current home: St. Charles Missouri Price range for new work; $1,500 to $18,000 Gallery reps. Nancy Landers at Fine Arts Ltd. in Chesterfield Mo. Phone. 636-537-1500 Wilde Meyer Galleries in Scottsdale and Tucson Az., Phone 480-945-2323 Spartanburg Art Association, Spartanburg South Carolina •

Above: White Car 49x58�

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Artist Statement: DJ Berard I am a landscape painter working in acrylics. My paintings are generally impressionist, large canvases covered in rich colors of greens, blue and purple. Living in the desert of southern Arizona my work changed and became abstracted. Canvases took on the abstract nature of the severe landscape where I was living, compositions became more linear, glazing layers of reds, brown and gold. The rich brown and purples of the mountains and the dramatic colors of a monsoon sky or dusty sunset were common in the Arizona work. It was where I lived. Moving back to the midwest in the summer of 2012 I was surprised at how much I missed the greens and blues of a river valley. Water and its reflective colors, mist on the valleys in the mornings, the changing colors of green trees and shadows underneath, it is nice to be back. My favorite paintings are the rich colored landscapes of the small towns and parks where I live. Strong shadows and rich colors of familiar things have always inspired me. Working on larger canvases, 4’x6’ or more, I apply a think layer of color, working from the dark shadows to the lighter shades of white. One of my favorite paintings “South Bend Shade” is a work based on trees near my home there. It was a hot summer day and the county road had a group of trees overhanging the pavement. The shadows were rich and dark, the greens were cool and inviting, Above: Blue Parking Lot

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it was a great image. I liked the application of paint and the swirling greens and purples and yellows, the texture of the paint and the feeling of where I was. I am now experimenting with abstraction. The foundations of my new work have not changed, parks, buildings and places that are familiar are still the inspiration for paintings. The way I am painting had changed little, I am still using rich colors and shadows and a texture of paint. Now I am eliminating the details that are unnecessary to the feeling in the painting. I would approach the work thinking about what I like about the composition, eliminate everything else, and in the end I should have a painting that expresses the essence of what I had seen or felt. The Grafton Park series is my first set of paintings in the abstract. Grafton I, and Grafton III, I think are the most successful. I am trying to fuze together the glazing qualities of the south west paintings with the painterly quality of the impressionist landscapes. It will be a good series of work. Next will be other parks and images. My goal is to convey a sense of where I was without actually painting all the details. I think it is becoming an exciting series of paintings. I am excited to be back in the St Louis area and am working at capturing the area in color.

TRANSITIONS awards to his credit, including honors from the Advertising Federation and the One show. His work has been published in several magazines, Including Communication Arts, Print, Art Direction, Chicago Flash and Step-by-Step Graphics. His client experiences included: Anheuser-Busch, Southwestern Bell Tele. Com, IMB Seven-up, NFL Alumni Assn. McDonalds Corporation r., Coca-Cola, Monsanto, Sheraton Hotels, United Airlines, St. Louis Cardinals Baseball, Ralston Purina, Pepsi-Cola, Famous Amos Cookies, Chelsea House Pub. Waldman Pub. And Dow Jones Financial Advisor Magazine.

Edmond Meyer

Bob Cassilly

From the beginning, Casslilly was a sculptor and builder. An American sculptor, entrepreneur and museum director. based in St. Louis, Missouri Cassilly and was the founder of City Museum. Cassilly graduated from Vianney High School, then earned a bachelor’s and Master’s degree in sculpture from Fontbonne University, St. Louis after attending the Cleveland Institute of art. Commissioned sculptures: Marlin Perkins Bust at the St. Louis Zoo, Lighted Entry Markers at the St. Louis Galleria, Hippo Playground sculptures in Manhattan’s Riverside Park, Turtle Park sculptures in St. Louis Forest Park, Hippopotamus Part statues at Central Park’s Safari Playground In Manhattan, Giraffe statue at the Dallas Zoo, Mysterious Monarch and Lopatapillar at Faust Park Chesterfield, Missouri, Sea Lion Fountains at the St. Louis Zoo, Dinosaur at Dallas Planet Hollywood, Ruins at Busch Gardens Va., Roman Rapids ride, Apple Chairs, Webster Groves, Mo

Bill Vann- William R. VanHoogstraat.

a professional illustrator for more than 38 years. Primarily a sports-marketing based illustrator, as well as developing license characters for packaging, and product usage. He was an Educator, teaching at three local universities, and President Emeritus of the St. Louis Artists’ Guild. He was a mentor to many and will be missed. Bill had more than 35 national and regional illustration

In 1988 when Edmond and Marguerite first became members of the St. Louis Artists’ Guild in Webster Groves he began to help around the building and continued his work at the Guild for more than 22 years. Marguerite is a prolific artist in St. Louis and Edmond did everything he could to assist her…setting up her booth at various outdoor art shows, helping her with framing, etc. His dedication also included countless hours helping with many tasks at the Guild. In addition to the Guild, Edmond also volunteered at the former St. Louis Museum of Science and Natural History in the building that would become the home of the Guild. It was during this time that Edmond became familiar with the nooks and crannies of the building. When the Guild moved to #2 Oak Knoll Park in Clayton in 1995 the Meyers increased their volunteer hours. They organized teams of volunteers who worked with contractors for many months while the building underwent its transformation into the beautiful home of the St. Louis Artists’ Guild. Edmond knew the history of the building probably better than anyone else at that time, and he was delighted to share his knowledge with visitors. Once a week, Edmond would volunteer his time to help with anything that needed doing while Marguerite painted at one of the painting groups. His passing was a great loss of a good friend and dedicated patron to the Guild.

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James Ibur Exhibition by Tim Eberhardt

Tim Eberhardt’s recent exhibition at Stlcc/Meramec’s Gallery of Contemporary Art is a restrospective of sorts. It shows a wide range of work spanning approximately eighteen years of exploring decoration, landscape, figure and vessel within the context of personal mythmaking. With over one hundred pieces, there is an enormous amount of energy and range. Although Eberhardt’s most recent interest is in small scale realistic self portraits with the added factor of motion activated “speech” emanating from the objects, these works still refer figuratively and literally in his intense interest in the decorative pot. Most of the show is of flora and fauna “painted” on slightly dimensional porcelain vessels that refer to the era in American Ceramics know as “Art Pottery”: pottery that was in production typically in the North East of the the United States from approximately the mid 1879’s through the 1930’s. Their formal shapes made the perfect canvas for perspective, time of day and light: painterly concerns for a self described “3D guy”! Above : Gallery Opening

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The presentation is interestingly formal with over thirty six pedestals set up in a grid. It makes for some fascinating relationships in the interior of the show. It should also be noted that there are no dates, only a handful of titles and no prices. This artist is quite aware of posterity and wanted to keep this work as a group and let the audience discern for itself the basic information about when the work was produced and also how titles can be a window into an artist’s thought process. Eberhardt was clearly not interested in that kind of connection with his audience. The level of whimsy and wonder on tile works about the aurora borealis to venomous snakes biting into the lips of vessels to the perils of nakedly aging on small doll-sized self portraits all make for a delirious window into the whirling mind of a deeply inquisitive artist using the medium of ceramics.

Beauty is everywhere and it is always available. It surrounds me and I see it all the time. I used to have to choose that path, but not any more. I have concluded that somehow, I am nature. And I confess, I am totally mystified by that thought. Thankfully, I am a “synthetic” thinker — I put things together. I don’t take things apart. What I make — and what you see here — is just me looking around, thinking, then spending my time — making and reflecting on what I see. The pots, bowls and tiles are a result of nature witnessed. Lately, the mirror has enter my vision. Nature looks the same in the mirror, but now I am in the fore. As a result, I have been creating self-portraits, selffigures. The portraits picture me in the same endeavors of witnessing and capturing nature, only now human nature is added to the mix. Tim Eberhardt

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The Arts Live - Spring 2012  

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