Thursday, July 05, 2012

Vertin Gallery to feature art by Patrick Dragon, Ronna Katz through July

CALUMET -- Vertin Gallery invites the public to welcome nationally known artists Patrick Dragon and Ronna Katz -- their featured artists for the month of July.

Carved Tree vessel by Patrick Dragon. (Photo courtesy Vertin Gallery)

Patrick Dragon is a potter creating intricate and delicate vessels. Dragon wheel-throws his pots, and then through a series of processes adds color and incises shapes to depict natural forms and landscapes. Many layers of clay slip, glaze and special firing methods result in subtle but vibrant imagery, creating what Dragon calls "Biomorphic objects expressing the patterns and shapes I observe and sense on the surface of the earth -- the layers of rock, water, plants, and diverse life forms."

Dragon's work has been exhibited around the world and is in such collections as the White House and the Disney Corporation.

Painter Ronna Katz is an award winning painter and printmaker based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Marquette, Michigan. Katz combines printing and painting techniques and media to create intensely bold landscapes and abstract works based on natural forms. Through the layering of gesso and thin washes of oil color, Katz achieves beautifully illuminant and warm images that capture the eye.

Cloud Nine by Ronna Katz. (Photo courtesy Vertin Gallery.)

A reception will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on First Friday, July 6, at the Vertin to welcome Mr. Dragon and Ms. Katz to Calumet. Their work will remain on display through the month of July.

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