January 2013

Betty Sapp Ragan

First Thursday Artwalk Opening: January  3rd, 6-8 p.m.

Artists’ Reception: Saturday, January 5th, 6-8 p.m.

Main Gallery:

Looking Up
Betty Sapp Ragan

Betty Sapp Ragan, Boxed, hand colored photo collage, 38 x 36 inches

Mixed media artist Betty Sapp Ragan creates large, hand colored photo collages using Pre-Modern architectural ornamentation as a basis for development. Looking up to old large format analog negatives from around the world, Ragan responds  by embedding her own contemporary feel using a technique of collage and hand coloring.  Ragan’s large scale collages ultimately invite the viewer to experience the craft of Pre-Modern architectural decoration as a contemporary portrait.

Small Gallery:

strange glue
Sabe Lewellyn

Sabe Lewellyn, One Loved Miles, Cast acrylic paint with tar, and found painted rock on wood panel
28 x 89 x4 inches

strange glue is an expression of the everyday, including the effects of time.  Using the vocabulary of architecture Lewellyn explores the concepts of urban life; it’s banality, excesses and waste.  The images on view are a collection of recycled and found objects that are collaged with cast acrylic paint on board creating the appearance of building exteriors. Lewellyn transfigures these found objects by allowing the cast acrylic paint to express itself in a literal space instead of the illusionistic that paint frequently creates.