GALLERY HAPPENINGS December 2010
Off The Wall Art Gallery
Oh my, the time has whizzed by and Christmas is just around the corner. How can that dilemma of the gift-giving season be here already?! What present can you possibly buy for your mother-in-law - the woman who by now has accumulated everything imaginable?! Where can you go to find that special gift for your sister that isn’t going to put you in to bankruptcy?! How can you spring a surprise for your spouse with something truly original?!
The solution could be as easy as taking a peek inside Off The Wall Art Gallery. The minute I walk in the door, the dazzling colors of the contemporary stained glass of Jay Johnson catches my eye. He’s been selling his distinctive decorations nation-wide for a number of years and his reasonably priced products would be the perfect gift to make that drab window come alive.
It didn’t take long for me to notice that Collette Webster, the owner of the gallery offers more, so much more than what is commonly found in an art gallery - custom sinks, back splash tiles, lighting, pottery, etc. that are sold in a wide range of prices.
Most of the twenty artists on display make their living full time from their art and they take commissions for custom work. As a potter, Collette individually throws the big and the small. From murals to mugs, she will make to order. Nothing is mass-produced as she comments that she’s never created the same two sets of dishes.
Warren Egbert, a licensed contractor, uses his unique craftsmanship to capture the essence of metal as he transforms that medium into creations that are absolutely amazing. With Warren the ordinary indoor/outdoor lighting, garden art, wall accessories and fencing becomes extraordinary.
I’ve always been fascinated with gourd art and Janice Reich is top notch in turning a plain gourd into a beautiful masterpiece, which can proudly be displayed in your home. She recently presented a two-day workshop at the gallery on her surface decorating techniques, which will be repeated at a later date.
Some of the artists in the gallery are internationally recognized, such as Kory Fluckiger, who has won the cover competition for “Water Color” magazine as well as publishing three books about that craft. Susan Matteson’s oil landscapes are touchingly impressionistic. She’s also an expert on figure drawing and will demonstrate that technique at a workshop in the spring. If an original painting is out of reach for your pocketbook, a less expensive print is a great alternative.
The Off The Wall Art Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 to 6:00, Sunday from 10:00 to 2:00 and is closed on Monday. It is conveniently located at 225 South 400 East, not far from Milt’s and Dave’s Corner Market. To stay abreast of the latest art happenings check the website at offthewallartmoab.com.
Even if you’re not looking for that special gift, just come on in anyway and browse - take a look around and talk about the art. As Collette phrases it, “We’re artists. We thrive on the attention.”