FEATURED ARTISTS RECEPTION for RITA SHERMAN and DAVE STEWART
September 7, 6 – 8pm at the First Art Gallery of Olathe
This month we have a special treat for everyone two featured artists. The First Art Gallery of Olathe would like to personally invite you to an art reception in honor of our September featured artists Dave Stewart and Rita Sherman. Dave will be showing his original oil paintings all month in the gallery and Rita will be showing her original fused glass pieces. The reception for Dave and Rita is Saturday September 7, 6-8 pm. at the First Art Gallery of Olathe. The evening will include refreshments and live music provided by guitarists Carl Dodson & Paul Martveli. Dave and Rita invite you all to come check out their new work and help them celebrate.
Original Nocturne Paintings by Dave Stewart
I am a real estate agent and house flipper by day and an artist by nature. I paint with oil paint and acrylic paint. Themes in my artwork vary from challenging educational studies to deeply emotional renderings of loved ones as well as total abstractions. Each painting is thoughtfully composed no matter the subject. I attempt to engage the viewer with specific mood, time and the subtle effects of the painting medium. Currently I am the CEO of the Olathe Visual Artists and First Art Gallery of Olathe. I teach painting classes at the First Art Gallery of Olathe every Saturday morning and Wednesday evenings. I have won the following honors Brush Creek Art Walk 2014 – Honorable Mention, “Nelson From the South Lawn” Plein Air oil on canvas, Stems Plein Air Event 2014 – 4th Place “Silent City” Plein Air oil on canvas nocturne, Olathe Art Fair 2013 – 3rd place “Kill Creek Trail” Plein Air oil on canvas.
Original Fused Glass Ornament by Rita Sherman
I have been doing art in some form for as long as I can remember. I was lucky enough to grow up in a family that always encouraged my exploration of art, although no one else was really interested. I was also very lucky to meet a man who has always told me I could…….who has been relentlessly patient and encouraging with my endless exploration of almost EVERY art medium. Someone who, bless his heart, has remained patient with me as he has been dragged into the middle of another of my “projects”. Helping me search for “this” or building “that” for me….He is my hero!
At this point, glass seems to be the chosen passion! I do also enjoy quilting, beading, knitting, and gardening (if that is an art). I have an obsession for ALL things shiny, sparkly, and bright “happy” colors. My husband says that I must have been a magpie in a former life. I discovered glass about 9 years ago, after the death of my father. I was having a pity-party, and needed something “new” to think about. After taking an introduction to fusing class, I was hooked! From that point on I have been a self taught artist. I read books, scour the internet, and talk to any other artist that will talk to me. I love to learn about, and try new techniques.
It has taken a long time for me to admit that my pieces are art. That seems like a very strong word to me; after all, I’m just an ordinary person. But I rarely wear a piece of my jewelry out without receiving a compliment. The greatest compliment that anyone can give me is wanting a piece of my art for themselves or to give as a gift to a friend.
I truly enjoy creating, and it makes me happy when my art finds a home with someone that loves it as much as I do. When you own a piece of my art there is a little bit of me hanging out with you also!
I hand cut, hand assemble, and fire all of my own glass. It is properly annealed for strength. Each kiln firing takes a minimum of 8 hours and can take up to 12 hours. The only exception to this is the recycled glass. I use a variety of glass, all of which has the same co-efficiency of expansion or COE. This is important, if incompatible glass is used, it will eventually break. I use some dichroic glass; this is the glass that sparkles. The dichroic coating was originally developed for NASA. Dichroic glass has micro thin layers of metal oxides, which give the glass optical properties. This dichroic coating is applied to the glass in a vacuum chamber.
Each piece is one of a kind, there may be some items that look very similar, but no two will be exactly the same. It is inherent for handcrafted glass to have some small imperfections such as bubbles, or color irregularities. These imperfections give the glass personality. The photos that are posted on this site were taken with a very good camera at a high resolution. Many of the imperfections that show in the pictures cannot be readily seen, otherwise the piece would have gone to the scrap pile to be reincarnated. These pieces are not gone, they just get a “new” life. Glass continues to amaze me. Glass has definite properties and behaviors which we as artists try to control. Yet it is always a surprise when we open the kiln.
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