New exhibit at James May Gallery opens with Jan. 5 reception
ALGOMA – James May Gallery is opening a new exhibit featuring works by Jodi Hays, Lesley Wamsley and Craig Grabhorn with a reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 5. Grabhorn will give an artist talk about his work at about 6:30 p.m.
Hays is a Nashville-based painter who has exhibited her art across the country since 2007, as well as in London. Her work also has become part of the collections for beauty company J Crew and Nashville International Airport.
“For years my work has been a negotiation of restraint and abandon,” Hays said in her artist statement. “Through my work I address the nature of representation through process (surface, space, color, gesture) and image (grid, screens, flags), usually parallel to titles. The paintings become ways I demarcate physical and psychological borders. They are missteps, tryouts, attempts and earnest repairs the aesthetics of the brokedown.”
West Virginia native Wamsley is a visual artist living and working in New York. Her paintings and drawings are rooted in feminist content and explore experiences relating to vanity, internalized sexism and mortality. She is currently an Artist-in-Residence at Trestle Projects in Brooklyn. At the May gallery, Wamsley is exhibiting work from her “Likable” series.
Based in Sheboygan, Grabhorn works in a variety of media, including painting, photography, prints, ceramics and textiles.
“Inspired by place, and how one finds value in material objects as heirloom or product of tradition, I work to develop my nostalgic perspective via photographic studies, screen prints, ceramic, and woven works,” Grabhorn said in his artist statement. “the works are a mix of historical and cultural references, but also include imagined or fantastical elements.”
The exhibit runs through the end of February at James May Gallery, 213 Steele St. Algoma. Regular winter hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays through April. For more information, call 262.753.3130 or go to www.jamesmaygallery.com.
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