World-renowned artists Conrad Calimpong and Judy Evenson share the gallery as featured artists of November at Sewell Gallery Fine Art in Eureka. New works exhibits Calimpong’s Asian-inspired ceramic sculptures and Evenson’s authentic watercolors on Yupo. A special Arts Alive! reception on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. will offer an opportunity to meet the artists.
Conrad Calimpong, a local ceramicist living in Ferndale, started in ceramics in 1969 with an interest in pieces from ancient China and Asia, specifically a Sung Dynasty Tz’u Chou vase. Calimpong earned his B.A. from the University of California, Davis in 1979 and later in 1986 went on to earn his Master of Arts in ceramics at San Francisco State University. Calimpong has exhibited all over the world including Cambodia, Tasmania and Denmark.
His work today is fired in his kiln, which is loosely based on the design of Southeast Asian kilns. Calimpong said “I am more interested in the form as sculpture, making it out of clay, wood, found objects, beaver sticks and other items that have replaced ceramic containers such as cans and plastic bottles. We as potters and ceramic artists have had to come to grips with living in a society where the articles that we make are no longer an integral and necessary part of the larger society’s daily lives, as they had been for thousands of years.”
Judy Evenson is an award-winning, passionate watercolor painter. She began painting and exhibiting her watercolors in the mid 1980s. She teaches locally, and exhibits regionally and nationally. Her painting, Breakfast, was accepted in the 2013 National Watercolor Society member exhibition.
Of her own work and medium, Judy Evenson said, “Watercolor is a medium which captures light by its very transparency. Recently I have been painting on a new surface, Yupo, which is an opaque plastic sheet that is very smooth. The paint handles very differently, flowing more freely and with increased intensity. These watercolors are very different because this surface shows the process; the physical brushwork, reticulated edges, passages of thick as well as watery thin paint, these elements become prominent in the expressive quality of this work. My subject matter is the world around me, its beauty, its variability and its complexity. Expression is the key, the textures of this world, expressed with feeling and color!”
Both artists strive to give their work expression and life through their techniques and medium. Calimpong’s use of wood firing compliments his quest to give life to the inanimate while Evenson uses the world around her as subject matter for its beauty and complexity.
Experience these fine artists at Sewell Gallery Fine Art, located at 423 F Street in Eureka. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday noon to 5 p.m., closed Monday.
For more information call the gallery 707-269-0617 or visit their website www.SewellGallery.com.
”Brushes and Paints” by Judy Evenson