Potter Lisa Wood and landscape painter Steve Gordon exhibit together at Bunnell Street Arts Center for the month of July. Their exhibit will open Friday, July 1st from 5-7pm, with artist talks at 6pm at Bunnell Street Arts Center.
Lisa Wood Exhibit Statement, GATHERING
“The last two years have made me long for gatherings. These pots celebrate getting back together. They are for large gatherings, the ones we’ve missed and the ones to come.
The pots are fired in a kiln using two cords of wood. The kiln gets stoked for thirty hours to 2300 degrees Fahrenheit, and takes four days to cool.” – Lisa Wood
Biography: Lisa has been a studio potter since 1997. Her involvement with clay began as a child, going to a ceramics class with her mother at Seattle’s Pike’s Place Market. She came to Alaska when she was seventeen and enrolled in college at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Lisa studied ceramics there then moved to Homer, taking every workshop that was offered through Bunnell Street Arts Center, including Warren McKenzie, Clary Ilian, Jeff Oestrich, Mary Barringer and Linda Christiansen, Ron Meyers and Anne Hirondelle.
Steve Gordon Exhibit Statement, RESTORATION
“Walking through the wilderness in south central Alaska is a spiritual and soul supporting experience. It both grounds your life in the present as well as lifts your soul in the transcendent. Modern living can cause a person to rush through life at a multi-task pace and the driving pressure of modern living is not sustainable. Slowing down life to see the world at a walking pace allows time for your soul to catch up with your body.
Beauty is the antidote to the broken, fragmented, rushed pace of modern living. I experience nature by hiking, backpacking, and sea kayaking– at a human’s speed. I record these impressions with a cell phone camera and develop the paintings in my home studio. By sitting in one spot to absorb beauty, patterns, colors and rhythms of a landscape, one can bring life and restoration to the soul.
May this exhibit be a balm and restoration to your weary soul. Enjoy.” – Steven Gordon
Biography: Steven Gordon is an Anchorage artist painting the landscape of south central Alaska for the past 35 years in a painterly realist style. He grew up in Dubuque, Iowa and went to Dartmouth college where he met his wife, Karen. Together they have four adult children. Steven got his MFA from the University of Iowa in 1984 and headed to Alaska. He has taught at UAA and APU and has done numerous painting workshops, and artist-in-the-school residencies across the state. His work can be seen in many private, public and corporate collections.
Bunnell’s exhibit program opens the first Friday of every month with an artist’s reception, and artist talk which are free and open to the public. A community tradition established by Bunnell Street Art Center in 1991, exhibitions continue to promote education and artistic awareness for the public, networking, exchange and professional development for Alaskan artists. Bunnell’s Visual Art Exhibition Program has a national profile.
The Visual Arts Exhibition program is sponsored by art sales, individual donors and local business sponsors.
Exhibit Opening: Friday, July 1st, 2022, 5 -7 pm, 6pm artists talk