Edgewood Orchard Galleries will host a Memorial Day reception on May 28, 4 – 7 pm. Exhibit II featured artists include painters Julie Briede Ibar and George Shipperley, glass artists Stephen Gartner and Danielle Blade, jeweler Michael Michaud, and sculptor Carl Vanderheyden.
“The natural world has always grounded me. In nature I find balance, pattern and mystery,” says Ibar. Through her art she hopes to encourage the viewer to look more closely at nature and create his or her own memories.
Shipperley’s paintings are mostly inspired by nature, though most of his work is imaginary. “I prefer this method because it allows me the unlimited freedom of design and composition, and not just the rendering of a photograph,” he says.
Glass artists Gartner and Blade combine traditional handblown technique with innovative color application and original sculpting techniques. Over the past decade, they have been developing a series of pieces that explore their mutual fascination with the use of found objects in the rituals of primitive cultures. Natural elements such as bone, antler, wood, vines, fossils and rock formations have inspired their signature designs, which include covered vessels and sculptural objects.
Featured jeweler Michaud, well known throughout the country for his botanical jewelry, has a new collection of bronze, sterling silver, gold, natural stones and pearls. Michaud’s jewelry is made using the lost wax casting method.
Green Bay sculptor Vanderheyden uses mostly recycled steel and other found objects to create lifelike animals, angels and a variety of other creations. He is inspired by the simplicity and permanency of joining steel.
On May 29, 1 – 3 pm, Shipperley will give an oil pastel painting demonstration in the courtyard. The demo is free and open to the public.
Exhibit II will be displayed through June 15. Edgewood Orchard Galleries, open daily 10 am – 5 pm, is located at 4140 Peninsula Players Road, midway between Egg Harbor and Fish Creek. For more information, call 920.868.3579 or visit edgewoodorchard.com.