Inspired Visions: Painting Clay Wearable Art

By Jeanette Abrahamson

Gerry Gill is a long-time revered member of the San Miguel art community. She has been painting for 42 years. In 1989 she came to the Instituto with a couple of friends and took a few classes with Jim Giampoli and Bill Hunt; more recently she has been studying with Ernesto Pena. Not long after her arrival, she opened her gallery on Relox 46, where she sells her paintings, her whimsical iron furniture, tables with birds and their nests, and beautifully designed candlesticks. Always eager to pursue new mediums, she began to work in ceramics. Gill is a truly talented multi-media artist. The iron furniture, her paintings, and her ceramics will all be for sale during this show.

Inspired Visions: Painting Clay Wearable Art
A joint exhibit by
Gerry Gill and Jeanette Abrahamson
Sun, Feb 8, 3-6pm
Galeria Relox 46
Reloj 46

Gerry’s work has appeared in The Cleveland Museum of Art and the Butler Museum of American Art along with paintings in the National Museum of Health. In 2010 she had an amazing one-person show at Bellas Artes. She is widely regarded both in San Miguel and in other parts of the world where her paintings have found homes.

Jeanette Abrahamson came to San Miguel eight years ago from Zimbabwe, via the UK and the US. Last year she finished setting up her studio in Los Frailes and has begun to work again in her favorite medium, clay. ”It is very challenging and exciting to be doing a show that combines the two mediums I have been working in most of my life, ceramics and textiles.”

Jeanette studied pottery with Ann Thalmessinger in the UK, then worked, taught, and showed her ceramics in the US. Her work is principally influenced by the primitive art she saw around her while growing up in Africa. In 1996 she took a protracted absence from clay to set up a co-operative in her native Zimbabwe. There she taught and studied various textile altering techniques, working with a group of Zimbabwean women. Further study at Penland, North Carolina, led to her one-of-a-kind pieces, which have sold to customers from around the world. After moving to San Miguel, she had the remaining pieces sent here. These will be available for purchase at the forthcoming gallery show, along with new ceramic pieces


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