June 4-5 10:00am-4pm
Two words with similar meanings, but each referencing the beauty of mixing it up. Whether food, flowers or the arts, the pleasure is immense in new discoveries and new combinations.
Again, so fortunate to have this first show of 2022, on the heels of an important exhibition of my work alongside celebrated painter and environmentalist Jean Arnold at Moscow Contemporary.
Established in 2014 LPHG remains true to its roots of diversity of both mediums and artists work. There are new and older works represented, fiber, paintings and sculpture- and as always it is with great hopes that you might find a space for something in your home.
No need to explain how special the work made by hand is to me or others, but maybe it is worth reflecting if noting that we are continually surrounded by mass production…….
Valuing the ability to slow down, smell the flowers and focus attention on craft and one of a kind pieces that have messages personal to the makers… It's a genuine gift to both the artist and the collector.
Thank you as always for your genuine love and support of this place, and also of me..
A Brighter Hike by Ellen Vieth
Ellen Vieth- Jean Arnold- Conversation
“You can’t be in an unconscious state and paint. Because whatever is in your mind, and not the subject matter, but the feelings that you have related to that subject matter, is what you’re going to paint. So, the beginning is not actually painting, you know. The beginning of painting is not you put down green, and then you like pink, and you put down pink. Painting’s not about that anymore than music is about this sound and that sound. It is really... It’s a whole thing, you know. But it’s something that you can’t resist putting on ... representing. And it’s something that drives you to expression. And it’s irresistible.” — Agnes Martin
Women abstract expressionist painters of late have been having a moment and the attention is well deserved. They were a group unto themselves, aware of the boys club, and as a group they could hold their own. I find their honesty the most refreshing thing of all. From Pat Passlof — “ the brush is the finger of the mind” — to Agnes Martin, who worked in abstraction in a very different way, the goal and the impetus for creative expression came down to understanding the smallest of moments, like a note and following that path of notes to something glorious.
To be an artist, everything you feel and everything you see and everything that your whole life goes through your mind, you know. You have to recognize it and go with it and really feel it. Trust that what you are now seeing is coming from inside.
It helps to be a gardener. It helps to get your hands dirty. And to have a dog. These things are important to me. They serve as a beginning and are helpful in the process of keeping true to your expression, humbling as well to realize your best efforts so often fall short. As someone who has been involved in the arts for many decades, I have just been able to realize without complaint that my focus is often closer to home. What's fascinating in the dialogue that Jean and I have initiated with our work, is that there is more that binds us together in the language of images and non images than there is to separate us. Terrible beauty, which she is witnessing with some of her newer work, sits side by side with the before like —images of my work — and before seems just as fleeting if not more so… I’d like to think that extraction and fires and environmental destruction could in any way provide a moment of not only reflection but a dance with metaphors. It seems easier to do with images that don’t take on the full impact of the ugly beautiful. Jean handles it beautifully. Grateful to have this discussion with all of you.