May’s First Friday bus tour will offer a guided look at this month’s exhibit at Robert Graves Gallery. The tour will be led by educator and gallery board member Rozanne Lind.
The bus tour leaves Columbia Station at 4:45 p.m. Friday and includes live music by Chris Rader and Bruce McWhirter.
The gallery’s May show features selected works by artists Kevin Pettelle and Sarah Horowitz. The artists' reception runs from 5 to 7 p.m. The reception is free for tour-goers and the general public.
Pettelle is a sculpture artist based out of Sultan. He works in bronze, expressing the shape and function of the human body in complex castings using a lost wax process.
“Kevin's work always depicts how magically functional our bodies are,” Lind explained in an email interview. “There is such a rhythm and flow to his work that makes me think of poetry and music.”
For Pettelle, sculpting in three-dimensions requires a good eye and a little exercise.
“He continues to walk around each piece as he creates it to judge the form, weight, negative space,” Lind described the process. “He gives as much value to the negative space as he does the positive space.”
Pettelle’s display will include full-body sculptures in expressive poses as well as close-focus pieces that zero in on specific musculature and gestures.
Lind may be a little biased when it comes to her favorite piece by Pettelle.
“Tango is probably my favorite because my husband gave it to me.” The sculpture — from her own collection — is part of the show.
Pettelle’s body of work includes several pieces that are close to the artist’s heart, as well.
“Many of his pieces are composites of his family,” Lind shared. “To me, that is a loving dedication to those he cherishes.”
Lind said that Ped — currently on display along the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail as part of Art on the Avenues — is among the composite works.
Find out more about Pettelle online at soulinbronze.com.
Pettelle’s sculpture exhibit will be joined by a showcase of landscapes by Horowitz. Though working in different mediums, Lind says the two artists manage to create a similar sense of awe and peace with their work.
“These two artists, whose work appears so different, is quite similar in that it captures the beauty and wonder of our world through the context of both geographic regions and humans,” she said.
Horowitz creates her expansive ink landscapes in a plein air setting, capturing panoramic scenes of ridges and forests on large, custom-made papers.
On her website, Horowitz describes the process in detail. “Drawing as fast as possible on the top of a mountain is like diving into a cold lake — all my senses are wide open with the adrenaline.”
Lind finds the landscapes captivating. “I love the detail and the peacefulness of them.”
Horowitz comes from a family of Swiss printmakers and artists. She currently lives and works in Leavenworth.
Lind described a conversation she had with Horowitz about the two locales. “Sarah explained that the mountains of Switzerland and the flora, fauna and mountains of Leavenworth have many similarities,” she said.
Horowitz’ prints and drawings are featured in collections from Belgium to Seattle. She produces books and broadsides on a refurbished 1960s Charles Brand press housed in her studio.
Find out more about Horowitz online at sarahhorowitzartist.com.
The Link tour will return to Columbia Station at 7:10 p.m. The tour and exhibit include nude sculptures and are recommended for adults only.
Admission to the tour is free but seating is limited and requires advance registration. To register, contact Selina Danko at 664-7624 or email@example.com.
Link also offers free First Friday bus service starting at 4 p.m. on routes 1, 5, 7, 8E, 8W, 11 and 12.
The joint show will remain on display through June 6. The exhibition is the finale of the 2018-19 season at Robert Graves Gallery.
The gallery is open 9 am. To 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday from September through May.
For more information, call 470-7844 or visit robertgravesgallery.org.