“Layers of Beauty” Reception at Woodwalk Gallery

“Upstream” by Colette Odya Smith.

Every layer of Door County’s beauty has its own rhythms and cycles, growth and blossoming, death and decay. Every layer throbs with its own motion and interplay and relationships. And, every layer is intertwined with and dependent on every other layer…so Woodwalk Gallery brings together two extraordinary artists, Kelly Bresnahan and Colette Odya-Smith, with a theme of “Layers of Beauty.”

The opening reception for “Layers of Beauty” will be Sunday, August 23 from 4:30 – 7 pm with the exhibit running from August 20 through September 30, 10 am – 5 pm daily. Music at the reception will be provided by Irish, Country and Western, Cajun singer Ron Trellue who invites guests to sing-along, tap their feet along, and even dance along if the spirit moves them. Food and beverages will be plentiful in the Woodwalk Gallery tradition.

Kelly Bresnahan is a self-taught wood turner who wrestles beauty out of gnarled wood, burls, injury and insult to growing tissue. Damage and scar and discoloration are his palette of letting a piece speak to him as he chips away the surface layer to let other layers of beauty show through.

Colette Odya-Smith’s work currently involves torn paper painted layers formed into three dimensional images of water, sky and landscape. Until closely examined, the layers are so successfully matched that the viewer only sees a startling depth and wildness in the painting without realizing how it is accomplished. Other work is in pastel and water color.

Tall Vessel by Kelly Bresnahan.

Woodwalk Gallery and events center is located on County Road G, 3/4 mile off Highway 42, 2 miles north of Carlsville and 5 miles south of Egg Harbor. There is plenty of parking, and the gallery is fully accessible. For more information call 920.868.2912.