Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A Flock of Pelicans has Landed at Spectrum...and we couldn't be more excited about it!

Larry Meyers and his "Flock"

Larry Meyers, Idaho-based sculptor and mixed media artist, is now represented by Spectrum Art and Jewelry. Humor has always been one of Larry's artistic muses. During a four year collaboration with another artist, their mission statement was “To create art with no message other than to amuse.” They aimed at creating pieces with a combination of conceptual strength, technical expertise and inventiveness. His most recent exploration combines lost foam aluminum casting with 1950's aluminum outboard motor cowlings. “The cowlings have an art deco look and I soon discovered pelicans lurking inside” said Meyers. His own love for fishing opened the door to these innovative works of art. He loves seeing peoples faces light up with childlike delight as they spot his pelicans for the first time.

"About eight years ago, I found some Vespa Scooter fenders that had a cool shape”, says Meyers. "I remember thinking, 'That would make a good bird.' Then I found some vintage outboard motor cowlings and it all just clicked." Larry uses vintage outboard motors as the bodies of his pelicans. The head and webbed feet are cast-aluminum. They are both witty and whimsy. "I'm lucky to have met many creative artists along the way who were willing to teach me," he says. "It has long been a dream of mine to be able to wake up each day and know exactly what I want to make and be able to make it."

Larry's experience as an artist has been one of generosity as well as creativity. Although busy creating both amazing and humorous sculptures, he has often found time to create important works for communities and art to donate for good causes . One of my personal favorites is the Barrett Admire Memorial Sculpture created for the playground of the Hemingway Elementary School in Ketchum. The sculpture was commissioned to commemorate the life of a boy who had attended the school. The boy had passed away a few years previous in a car accident. Meyer's said, "I was asked to do three things with this piece of art, to celebrate the life of a young man, to create healing, and to involve the community." The artist employed a group of fourth-graders from the school to create a mural. Meyers then reproduced the mural in bronze and cut it into sections which he wrapped around a 12-foot column. At the top of the column was a multicolored, open cockpit biplane, inside the cockpit was a steel reproduction of the young man's dog, Rosie.

Larry Meyer's has also created some pieces of spiritual significance. He was asked to create a mechanism for turning a Tibetan prayer wheel. "I ended up working closely with Lama Tenzin on his particular needs and desires for the project, eventually overseeing the architects, engineers and carpenters who were needed to install it and build a pagoda around the wheel. The wheel was made of copper, brightly painted and filled with over one million prayer scrolls with the sacred words 'Om Mani Padme Hum,' written on them. I had this in my garage for two weeks." The prayer wheel eventually became part of the 'Garden of Infinite Compassion', a rock garden and waterfall complex in Ketchum. The Garden of Infinite Compassion honors the Dalai Lama's visit to the Wood River Valley. During a private ceremony on September 13, 2005, the Dalai Lama consecrated and blessed the Tibetan Prayer Wheel. The 400 pound, hand carved Prayer Wheel is one of only two prayer wheels in North America blessed by His Holiness.

Larry has had an exciting life and art career. We are so thrilled to partner with him as he continues on his exciting artistic journey. We love these humorous and brilliant birds and we know you will too!


Saturday, May 14, 2011

State of the Art/Art of the State Exhibit at Cameron Art Museum

State of the Art/Art of the State


May 8 – October 30, 2011

Spectrum Art & Jewelry artists
Anne Cunningham, Jane Faudree, Ann Hair, Kristin Gibson, Nancy Noel-May & Phil Meade
are part of this exciting exhibition of contemporary NC artists.

Curated by CAM and top curators from
Tate Modern, London
Guggenheim, NYC
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Be sure to see this exhibit of Artists from all over North Carolina.
It has a wonderful variety of art forms and styles so everyone will get the chance to discover new artists and experience the many flavors of our state.

Visit CAM in Wilmington, NC

Visit Spectrum Art & Jewelry to see more work by these artists

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

"French Twist" by Nancy Noel May

Fishermen of Marseille 8x10Acrylic on Canvas

Nancy Noel May, local artist and painter is Spectrum Art & Jewelry's featured artist for the month of May. Nancy has recently returned from a trip to France. Inspired by the many flavors of Avignon, Marseille and Paris, Nancy has created some of her best work to date. These paintings are vibrant, exciting and bursting with color.

Nancy Noel May has always loved to paint and has been doing so now for over 50 years. Having grown up in a small community on the Chesapeake Bay, the coastal influences of color, light and scenery have been with her from the very start. Bright color and impressionistic lines are characteristic of her work. She enjoys painting in the plein-air style, which is pianting outdoors. Plein-air was a central feature of French Impressionist masters, another clearly seen influence in Nancy's work. In 2004 she returned to acrylics after a long stint with oils. She has found that the quicker drying time forces her to paint more spontaneously.

In addition to her first love, painting, she is also extremely passionate about traveling. She is never caught traveling without a sketch book and camera to record her experiences. She went to Paris, France for the first time three years ago and it was love at first sight. This second trip she was able to explore more of France extending her travels to Marseille, Avignon and Paris. She loved the glamor of Paris but found the quaint villages of Avignon and the coast and boating communities of Marseille to be equally charming. Each location offering a unique variety of aesthetic riches for her to translate into paint. The paintings for her “French Twist” Exhibit are acrylics on either 8x10 or 6x12 canvas of a variety of subjects and locations from across France. Her vision is to make paintings reminiscent of post cards and snapshots to inspire reflection and memories.

There is an artist reception during Spectrum Art & Jewelry's May Open House and Wine Tasting from 5 to 7 pm on Friday May 13 where Nancy will present her work. Music will be provided during the evening by local musician, Phillip Pennington.