LIZ CANALI • Explorations in Felt: Texture & Color
"When Many Act as One: 100 felted pinch pots" by Liz Canali, 2017, felted wool
LIZ CANALI Explorations in Felt: Texture and Color 100 Pinch Pots, an Installation
Exhibit: September 1 - October 29 Reception: October 14, 4-6pm Music: Al Canali & Friends: originals, blues, jazz & pop standards
Felt artist Liz Canali has worn many artistic hats throughout her life: silversmith, graphic artist & web designer, teacher and now felting has caught her full attention. After viewing the documentary To Spring from the Hand: The Life and Work of Paulus Berensohn, she became inspired, thinking that she could pinch a pot in felt similar to the way Paulus was pinching pots in clay in the film. In her own words:
“Overwhelmed with thoughts and ideas when I began this series, I knew I had to just start! I used the meditative and playful way Paulus Berenhson created pinch pots as inspiration for my “100 pinch pots” installation. As I made each pot, I saw the series begin to evolve. Each is similar but different, encouraging the viewer to take time with each felted pot, noticing the outside, encouraged to look inside as well.
“The series of vessels became an experiment in landscape and formation. The viewer is provoked to explore the artworks up close in detail, and to see them as a whole from a distance. The textures, shapes and colors combine to produce a tactile, organic result. I am creating a sense of dimension and texture. I see cracks in the side walk and in old building walls. I feel the crevices in rock formations. I am inspired by photography and pastel art and how color is used in these media. I’m fascinated with the versatility of felt and the rich history of its production and uses. I know I will continue to explore.”
Liz Canali discovered felting six years ago, first through needle felting and then through wet felting and hat making. Her explorations into illumination (making globes and shades for lamps) has played a big part in her evolution as a felt artist. She has experimented and researched felt making, finding new and different techniques and textural directions.
Liz has worked at Salmon Falls Gallery for the past five years as gallery staff, graphic designer, web designer and awesome display and exhibit help; all round wonderful employee. She and her husband Al will be moving to Florida a few days after her reception. She will be missed. Consider the reception a fabulous going away party for Liz & Al! Come help us celebrate Saturday, October 14, 4-6pm, artwork by Liz Canali, music by Al Canali and friends. The exhibit runs September 1 through October 29.
On Sunday, October 8 from 2-4pm, join Liz Canali and Donna Gates, Salmon Falls Gallery Director, in a presentation called Ode to Paulus Berensohn. Those attending will see the documentary film To Spring from the Hand: The Life and Work of Paulus Berensohn followed by a pinch pot demonstration in both felt and clay. The techniques are amazingly similar!
Donna and Liz work side-by-side one last time! Liz Canali has been part of the staff at Salmon Falls Gallery for the past 5 years and is moving to Florida after the reception for her exhibit Explorations in Felt on October 14. She will be greatly missed! Come join Liz for this remarkable film and then a pinch pot demonstration with curator and friend Donna Gates. Both Liz and Donna have been influenced by the meditative exploration of pinching pots as presented by Paulus Berensohn.
"When Many Act as One," an installation of 100 felted Pinch Pots
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BIG WHEEL PRESS: Monoprints by Lisa Hersey & Broadsides by Chris Campbell is the featured exhibit for the next Second Saturday, November 11. Join us for this reception 4-6pm with music by Blue Moon Trio. Also featured is a fundraiser for The Arms Library right here in Shelburne Falls. Check out ShelburneFalls.com to be updated on all the doings in town!