Galería Relox46 presents Now and Then, Then and Now
Galería Relox46 presents Now and Then, Then and Now, a joint exhibition by Gerry Gill and Agnes Olive. The exhibition refers to the current paintings by Gill and a retrospective of Raku pottery by Olive. The exhibition will continue until Sunday, March 4. Gallery hours are daily except Tuesday and Sunday, from noon to 4pm.
Art: Now and Then, Then and Now By Gerry Gill & Agnes Olive. Sun, Feb 19, 2-5pm. Galería Relox46, Reloj 46
Gerry Ricciardi Gill’s paintings and other creative works express her spiritual joy in her visions of symbols of childhood memories and also of nature. They span a diversity of scale and technique. Her large paintings are loose and fresh, capturing the essential abstraction and symbolic vibrance of the forms, where at times a bit of humor sneaks through. Having had a successful studio/gallery in Cleveland’s “Little Italy” art community, Gerry came to San Miguel in 1989, fell in love with its magic and came to stay in 1995. The Instituto de Allende made it possible for Gerry, who is mostly self-taught, to explore her love of ceramics and bronze sculpture. Her creativity also moved into the area of iron furniture design in 1999 with her original line of iron twig tables and accessories called ‘Feather Your Nest,’ made to order and sold exclusively at her gallery, Relox46. Gerry’s work has appeared in the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Butler Museum of American Art, among others. She has also participated in ceramic and painting exhibitions at the Bellas Artes and the Instituto de Allende and her work is in collections in the US, Mexico, Canada and Germany.
In 1979 Olive graduated from Sheridan School of Design, majoring in ceramics. She opened an art gallery in Terra Cotta, Ontario, Canada, and had her first one woman show in Toronto.
“I call that the year I came out professionally,” says Olive. “I had been experimenting for a few years with painting and printmaking, but as soon as I dug my hands into a lump of clay I knew I was a clay person. Also, I soon realized that I would never be a production potter and for the next 17 years worked exclusively in the ancient Japanese tradition of Raku inspired by the many rituals and ceremonies that presented themselves in my travels to remote corners of the earth.”
The Raku pieces in this exhibition are a retrospective of her work from 1985 to 1995. They were sent to San Miguel when Olive moved here in 1996 and have been sitting in storage impatiently waiting to be rescued.
In 1996, Olive moved to San Miguel and set up a paper-making studio using indigenous materials. Instead of digging clay, she now began collecting materials from the fields. Her current works are constructed from various natural materials. The medium differs, but the inspiration remain the same.
Her Raku is included in the book “Raku: A Review of Contemporary Work” that was published in 1988 by British author Tim Andrews. Olive has exhibited internationally and is the creator of The Creative Journey, a presentation where San Miguel artists talk about their journey as artists.
Olive will be at the gallery to walk around and talk about her work Wednesday and Thursday, from noon to 4pm. Gill will be present to discuss her current work Monday and Friday during the same hours.