Ridgway Co-op Unveils New Works
By Peter Shelton
RIDGWAY – Valentine’s Day is coming a week early this year, as Ridgway’s Resource Gallery hosts a Valentine’s Art Opening Thursday evening, Feb. 7, with wine, chocolate and art to “open the heart.” (Actual Valentine’s Day remains Feb. 14.)
Resource metalworker, and founding partner Jill Rikkers says the local art cooperative on Sherman Street will be chockablock that night with “fabulous people,” as well. “There will be lots of new work; everybody is being very productive.
“And we’re all trying to keep it in the affordable range. [Painter] Kellie Day even has some stuff in the $80 range. I said to her: ‘Are you OK?’”
Day is quite OK, thank you very much. She has been cranking out a series of mini-paintings featuring what she calls “sassy ladies.” The one titled “Hey, baby . . . Yeah, I’m talking to you,” features thigh-high stiletto boots and Day’s unique collage style, with hearts, wallpaper flowers and what looks like a whip.
Rikkers will display a new line of metal heart art designed to be wall hangings, pieces that incorporate tin from Prince Albert cans, “Peanuts” lunch boxes, and Velvet tobacco tins, mixing myriad textures and colors. She’s also got wearable art in the form of new metal belt buckles.
The show will feature jewelry from Sue Hill and Jill Rikkers. And, to display that jewelry, wall-mounted, steel mesh jewelry holders, with copper details, from artist Joanne Taplin.
Original Resource member, poet and textile artist Phoebe Sophocles will show a new cache of scarves, sewn from Chinese and Italian Dupioni silks, from her sewing loft on Busted Boiler Draw.
Painter Shannon Marjenhoff, a New Orleans transplant, will display a new series of colorful flower paintings for show and sale.
There will be clay works by Sonja Konerg, and reliably astonishing furniture from wood butcher Scott Rikkers. Astonishing because he transforms reclaimed hardwoods, mine timbers and iron fittings into imaginative and finely finished tables, stools, and porch swings.
The Resource Art Opening is open to the public and will run from 5-7 p.m., “but probably later,” Jill Rikkers says, “because they always do, they’re so much fun.” Come by for some early February warmth, and a wealth of gift ideas.
Resource Gallery is an independent, local artist co-op, located at 540 Sherman Street. For more information contact Jill Rikkers 318-1019 or Taplin 729-0818. Or visit resourceart.co.