Dark Moon Rising in the 2018 Abington Arts Center Annual Juried Show

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2017

I am very pleased to announce that the juror, Martha Gyllenhall, has selected my piece, DARK MOON RISING, to be part of the 2018 Annual Juried Show at Abington Art Center. DARK MOON RISING is a 21” x 21” wall hanging consisting of 26 hand built and smoke fired stoneware tiles. The tiles were smoke fired over a 28 hour period using a mixture of hard and soft wood chips as the firing medium. The Show will open on Friday, November 9, 2018 with a reception from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., and will run through January 4, 2019. The Abington Art Center is located at 515 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkintown, PA 10946.

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Stormbreak on the Maine Coast

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2018

Many years ago I was on an Outward Bound Expedition off the coast of Maine when a nor’easter with gale force winds struck – making a memorable event even more so. STORMBREAK ON THE MAINE COAST is my effort to capture that memory in stained glass and paper clay. 8 ½” 6” X 1 ½”.

 

EBONY AND IVORY

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2018

In 1982 Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder recorded Ebony and Ivory”, a number-one single. Subsequently, Paul McCartney also recorded the song with Michael Jackson. Since I can’t sing and have no musical ability, there are no audible elements to my EBONY AND IVORY, only visual ones. Hand built and raku fired using my own paper clay, EBONY AND IVORY is 7” x 6” x 5”.

DEJECTION

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2018

DEJECTION, like all the three dimensional pieces in the “Cognitive Emotions” Series relies on the primary contour of the piece to evoke a particular emotion  and the glaze pattern and color to explore the role of cognition in that emotion. In DEJECTION the figure is erect but the head has a downcast aspect and a subdued and somber color. Hand built and raku fired using artist made paper clay. 15” x 12” x 11” on an MDF base.

 

ARTS BENICIA – CUTTING EDGE: NONTRADITIONAL GLASS SHOW

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I am very pleased to announce that jurors Carrie Lederer and Mary B. White have chosen my stained glass/paper clay pieces ERUPTION, LAGOON, and SANDBAR for inclusion in the Arts Benicia Show: Cutting Edge: Nontraditional Glass. The show will be held at the Arts Benicia Galleries at 991 Tyler Street, Suite 114, Benicia, California, 94510 and will run from Saturday, July 21st until Tuesday, August 28th. There will be a reception from 6 to 8 pm on July 21st, and the pieces will be on sale, so, if you’re in the neighborhood, drop in.

REMORSE

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In REMORSE, part of the “Cognitive Emotions” Series, the slumped posture of the figure and inclination of the head project the emotion and the color of the head in relation to the overall color of the figure signifies the importance of cognition in this emotion. Hand built and raku fired using artist made paper clay. 10 ½” x 8” x 7” on an MDF base.