PoncedeLeon.BellSmithOct.2012

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  • Welcome to our second exhibition "seeking Home" by Catherine Bell Smith and Mabi Ponce de Leon.

  • Let's get some outside views of the Museum first!

  • "Seeking Home" brings together ideas of belonging, community, and the search for sense of place.

  • Oh Wow! Can't wait to go inside!

  • Let's meet the artists. This is Mabi working on her hanging system for her paintings.

  • hmmmm...q-tips and sticky tack.

  • Catherine has a big challenge getting these small pieces installed. Shhhh...artist at work.

  • Homemade scones and peach jam? YES PLEASE! We need to keep our strength up after all.

  • The artists collaborating.....

  • Why yes, this map is going to work out perfect!

  • We don't want to delay any longer, let's go in!

  • Oh wow! Its gorgeous!

  • Look up! Are those birds?

  • and a nest?

  • Catherine Bell Smith, "What Calls You Home", ribbon, sycamore bark, red pine bark, woven nest, $95 and installation fee

  • Mabi Ponce de Leon, "TANGO", acrylic on canvas, $35 each/$150 set

  • Well this looks like a nice place to relax! What's that cute little Dorrie doing?

  • The Musuem's desk...no one is here. But the museum is free! Do I see food in the background?

  • YUM!

  • And another seating area....Look, its another map, wonder if this is the one the artists were looking at earlier?

  • mmmmm....snacks. Cheese tastes good in our bellies.

  • Can't wait to see more work!

  • Whats in here?

  • Oh way super cool!

  • Catherine Bell Smith, "Vortex", ribbon, mesh, topography map of Ohio, $85 and installation fee

  • Lets take some time to read Catherine's artist statement......

  • At the core of my work is the search for connection. In a literal sense I am drawn to the place where one thing flows into another like a branch to a stem, a stem to a pod, a pod to a seed, but I also seek the intellectual and spiritual connection between ideas. I find these connections most vivid in nature, so I collect things like seeds, stems and bark on my daily walks. There is an innocent and a simple pleasure in filling my pockets with these treasures, yet I feel compelled to research them. When I discover a deeper, parallel meaning or story that moves me or sheds light on a riddle, these discards of nature begin to acquire a pressing importance. As these layers of connections become clear, the design for an installation solidifies. I often build a piece around social or religious archetypes such as altars, houses, and birds. For their simple power I use symbols like circles and crosses, and repetitive processes, like braiding and weaving. My collections from nature are sometimes juxtaposed with industrial materials and found or fashioned objects. I am inspired by this world from the tallest sycamore to the tiniest seed, the emptiest shell, the last stem. There are stories and lessons and truths to be shared.

  • Love!

  • Heading up stairs! Lets check out the Balcony.

  • Dot, please don't eat the flowers..Hmm whats the A in the painting?

  • A.....E....P.....I believe that is an airport code? Maybe one from Argentina where Ponce de Leon is from?

  • Mabi Ponce de Leon, "AEP", acrylic on canvas, $32 each or $62 for triptych

  • Wow, their work is just beautiful together!

  • Next room!

  • I...S..P.... guess the airport! Mabi Ponce de Leon, "ISP", acrylic on canvas, $32 each or $62 for triptych

  • Mabi Ponce de Leon, "MIA", acrylic on canvas, $28 each or $55 for triptych

  • Mabi Ponce de Leon, "BUE", acrylic on canvas,$28 each or $55 for triptych

  • Love the colors!

  • And the foliage!

  • Mabi Ponce de Leon, "MTY", acrylic on canvas,$32 each or $62 for triptych

  • Lets take some time to read Mabi's statement. Feeling both foreign and at-home and in the world, I have always wanted to paint about what it feels like to ‘be’ from two places and belong to neither. In my work, I have been exploring my role as an outsider and my place of birth – Argentina. Migrations images reference the idea of travel, displacement, and foreignness through the juxtaposition of maps, migrating animals, flight and airplanes, and flight documents and diagrams. I grew up flying long distances. Influenced by my late grandfather’s life work in the airline industry and his love of air travel, I have a sublime fascination with flight. Trying to make sense of my childhood displacement to a new country also fuels my lifelong obsession with travel artifacts and symbols such as route and hub maps, airport codes, the aviation alphabet, and geo-science. Intellectually, we can understand moving long distances across the globe through the technology of flight. The resulting disorientation is inexplicable and daunting.

  • Lets head upstairs

  • And get a bird's eye view (bad pun intended)

  • Wow...the way the sun hits the Museum...it makes for an added spirit to the work.

  • We could sit here all day

  • I think we shall.....what? closing time...Oh Shoot!

  • Lets hit the restrooms before we head back! Mabi Ponce de Leon, "JFK", acrylic on canvas, $28 each or $55 for triptych

  • HUGE THANKS TO CATHERINE AND MABI! We so enjoyed having you!

  • Welcome to our second exhibition "seeking Home" by Catherine Bell Smith and Mabi Ponce de Leon.

  • Let's get some outside views of the Museum first!

  • "Seeking Home" brings together ideas of belonging, community, and the search for sense of place.

  • Oh Wow! Can't wait to go inside!

  • Let's meet the artists. This is Mabi working on her hanging system for her paintings.

  • hmmmm...q-tips and sticky tack.

  • Catherine has a big challenge getting these small pieces installed. Shhhh...artist at work.

  • Homemade scones and peach jam? YES PLEASE! We need to keep our strength up after all.

  • The artists collaborating.....

  • Why yes, this map is going to work out perfect!

  • We don't want to delay any longer, let's go in!

  • Oh wow! Its gorgeous!

  • Look up! Are those birds?

  • and a nest?

  • Catherine Bell Smith, "What Calls You Home", ribbon, sycamore bark, red pine bark, woven nest, $95 and installation fee

  • Mabi Ponce de Leon, "TANGO", acrylic on canvas, $35 each/$150 set

  • Well this looks like a nice place to relax! What's that cute little Dorrie doing?

  • The Musuem's desk...no one is here. But the museum is free! Do I see food in the background?

  • YUM!

  • And another seating area....Look, its another map, wonder if this is the one the artists were looking at earlier?

  • mmmmm....snacks. Cheese tastes good in our bellies.

  • Can't wait to see more work!

  • Whats in here?

  • Oh way super cool!

  • Catherine Bell Smith, "Vortex", ribbon, mesh, topography map of Ohio, $85 and installation fee

  • Lets take some time to read Catherine's artist statement......

  • At the core of my work is the search for connection. In a literal sense I am drawn to the place where one thing flows into another like a branch to a stem, a stem to a pod, a pod to a seed, but I also seek the intellectual and spiritual connection between ideas. I find these connections most vivid in nature, so I collect things like seeds, stems and bark on my daily walks. There is an innocent and a simple pleasure in filling my pockets with these treasures, yet I feel compelled to research them. When I discover a deeper, parallel meaning or story that moves me or sheds light on a riddle, these discards of nature begin to acquire a pressing importance. As these layers of connections become clear, the design for an installation solidifies. I often build a piece around social or religious archetypes such as altars, houses, and birds. For their simple power I use symbols like circles and crosses, and repetitive processes, like braiding and weaving. My collections from nature are sometimes juxtaposed with industrial materials and found or fashioned objects. I am inspired by this world from the tallest sycamore to the tiniest seed, the emptiest shell, the last stem. There are stories and lessons and truths to be shared.

  • Love!

  • Heading up stairs! Lets check out the Balcony.

  • Dot, please don't eat the flowers..Hmm whats the A in the painting?

  • A.....E....P.....I believe that is an airport code? Maybe one from Argentina where Ponce de Leon is from?

  • Mabi Ponce de Leon, "AEP", acrylic on canvas, $32 each or $62 for triptych

  • Wow, their work is just beautiful together!

  • Next room!

  • I...S..P.... guess the airport! Mabi Ponce de Leon, "ISP", acrylic on canvas, $32 each or $62 for triptych

  • Mabi Ponce de Leon, "MIA", acrylic on canvas, $28 each or $55 for triptych

  • Mabi Ponce de Leon, "BUE", acrylic on canvas,$28 each or $55 for triptych

  • Love the colors!

  • And the foliage!

  • Mabi Ponce de Leon, "MTY", acrylic on canvas,$32 each or $62 for triptych

  • Lets take some time to read Mabi's statement. Feeling both foreign and at-home and in the world, I have always wanted to paint about what it feels like to ‘be’ from two places and belong to neither. In my work, I have been exploring my role as an outsider and my place of birth – Argentina. Migrations images reference the idea of travel, displacement, and foreignness through the juxtaposition of maps, migrating animals, flight and airplanes, and flight documents and diagrams. I grew up flying long distances. Influenced by my late grandfather’s life work in the airline industry and his love of air travel, I have a sublime fascination with flight. Trying to make sense of my childhood displacement to a new country also fuels my lifelong obsession with travel artifacts and symbols such as route and hub maps, airport codes, the aviation alphabet, and geo-science. Intellectually, we can understand moving long distances across the globe through the technology of flight. The resulting disorientation is inexplicable and daunting.

  • Lets head upstairs

  • And get a bird's eye view (bad pun intended)

  • Wow...the way the sun hits the Museum...it makes for an added spirit to the work.

  • We could sit here all day

  • I think we shall.....what? closing time...Oh Shoot!

  • Lets hit the restrooms before we head back! Mabi Ponce de Leon, "JFK", acrylic on canvas, $28 each or $55 for triptych

  • HUGE THANKS TO CATHERINE AND MABI! We so enjoyed having you!