"Security" was made with charcoal, watercolor and pencil. The exhibit runs through Feb. 3 at the Academy Art Center.
Ascent & Descent
DON Dugal's works haven't been on display for public consumption for some five years, but Carol Khewhok, curator of the Academy Art Center, says that fact isn't reflective of his standing as an artist.
Calling him a "master craftsman," Khewhok said she knew the center's large gallery was the perfect space to show the artist's new exhibit, "Ascent and Descent." The show runs through Feb. 3.
"It's unusual for there to be a one-man show in the gallery because it's such a big space. But this is a major show," she says. "He's at an important point in his professional life."
Dugal employs the ladder as a metaphor for the stages of life, yet in each work, the presentation of the theme is handled in a different way.
For "Retirement," Don Dugal used hard pastel and colored pencil on handmade paper. The work is part of "Ascent and Descent," an exhibit featuring five years of work by the artist.
In some works, Dugal uses simply charcoal and pencil for his drawings, while others include watercolor, pastel, acrylic, or sepia ink. One work was created on handmade paper. The effects are distinct.
"Don works beautifully. He's so subtle, he doesn't beat you over the head with it," Khewhok says.
"We don't get to see his work very often, and it's a treat to come upon it," she adds.
The Academy Art Center is located at 1111 Victoria St. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. Call 532-8741.
In "Urban Memorial," Don Dugal used charcoal, graphite, acrylic paint, colored pencil and hand embossing.
"Optimism" is a graphite frottage, acrylic, silver pencil and pencil piece.
Kloe Kang and Suzanne Wolfe in joint show
Ceramist Suzanne Wolfe and painter Kloe Kang shared studio space to experiment with new approaches for a joint art show, "Working Together," which runs at the Academy Art Center through Feb. 3.
The women fused drawing, painting, glazing and firing techniques to create dozens of works on the miniature canvas of single ceramic tiles. The pieces hang in row upon row along the center's upstair gallery walls.
The works offer a new take on the established local artists.
"Thin Cities," one of the many ceramic tile art pieces by Kloe Kang, is from the show "Working Together."
"Silent Woman" by Suzanne Wolfe. Wolfe and Kang worked together to come up with new approaches to creating art.