Frank Daharsh, Linda Hatfield and Dale Macafee will show work that challenges conventional art rules Feb. 29 to April 1, 2012. They will host an opening reception 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, March 2 featuring music by Jerry Jacoby.
Glassblower Frank Daharsh manipulates this versatile medium by layering colors and applying texture and embellishments, such as etching and sandblasting. His vivid colors draw the eye through innovative and elegant shapes and vessels. Light is reflected, refracted, and can even glow through glass, which can vary from transparent to various levels of opacity. He finds inspiration in art and nature.
Linda Hatfield designs decorative and functional items with a humorous twist and a bold sense of color. Her work distinctively features pyrography, which means “writing with fire” from the Greek “pur” (fire) and “graphos” (writing). She burns lines and shapes into wood and adds layers of acrylic paint. Her new series explores the idea of open minds. These pieces have more of a three-dimensional aspect than previous work. There will also be some pieces based on vintage tattoo images, including furniture pieces. She says, “I think this show will be a wonderful combination of realism, sarcasm and playfulness.”
Painter Dale Macafee, who describes his style as contemporary realism, will show several new landscapes that explore the splendor of the land and sky. His painting “Shelby County” plays with the rule of thirds with vibrant colors and simple shapes. Wispy clouds float against a cobalt sky above three blocky buildings sitting on a golden field. “It’s fun to defy a few rules,” he says, “and still make paintings both eye-catching and unusual.”