Friday, Aug 1
Signatures of Switzerland County presents The Art of Urban Eden—Urban Meets Rural during Vevay Main Street’s August First Friday. The opening is part of the “Grape Escape” event to be held Aug. 1 from 6-9 pm. Sponsored by the Swiss Wine Festival, the event is free and open to the public. Featuring six artists from the Cincinnati-based “Urban Eden” shop and gallery, the troupe showcases a wide variety of mediums including pottery, abstract paintings, photography, fiber, sculpture, and contemporary crafts. All artists will be available at the Aug. 1 opening from 6-9 pm. Jaimee Iliff’s wheel thrown and hand built stoneware pottery has been on exhibit at Signatures since it’s opening in the fall of 2006. Iliff will be demonstrating the craft of “throwing” pots using native clays during the opening. Susanne Marie Lambert’s colorful canvases are based in abstract expressionism. “My intention is to visually demonstrate through color, tone and composition the energy and underlying movement within all of life,” Lambert said. Working in photography, Robert Giesler’s “finds” images in the urban environment that he transfers to ceramic tile with an emulsion technique. Sewn pieces or found object are added to create unique art pieces that are presented in a heavy wood frames. Lu Yuan Ming, a designer from rural China, refers to his work “Tree Art”. Using readily found branches, he chops them into varies sizes of circles and applies them to a surface in a mosaic pattern. A self taught fiber artist, Maria Rubingh creates small layered pieces using translucent and netted fabrics. “I try to select images that the viewer can return to time after time, on each occasion drawing something different from the piece”, said Rubingh. A group of small sculptures called “Forceful Women” are presented by Philippe Pasqualini, a native of France. Each piece combines clay and metal with patina. These figures celebrate the transcending power of women as they rise from the earth borne by flames and wind. This show is curated by Julie Fay of “Urban Eden” and Ann Farnsley of Signatures of Switzerland County. “We hope that bringing in a diverse group of artists from an urban environment will give our artisans and community new visions and ways of creating,” said Angie Satterfield, Vision Coordinator for Switzerland County Tourism. “In turn, they can get ideas and creative energy from our talented local artists who work in a rural environment.” Live bluegrass, folk and jazz music will be performed at the gallery opening by Cincinnati based musician Katie Laur and friends. Over 50 local artisans and artists have work on display on Signatures. Open seven days a week, the shop is located at 120 West Main Street in Vevay, IN. Other First Friday activities will include artist demonstrations, late night shopping and dining, store sales, open studios, free carriage rides, and live outdoor music from Pure Country, Dry Fork and the Ladies and Gents of Belterra. For more information, contact Signatures of Switzerland County at 812-427-2024.
Date & Time:
Friday, August 1, 2008 - 6:00am to 9:00am
- Signatures of Switzerland County
- 120 West Main Street, Vevay, IN 47043
- Friday 1st, August 2008
- 6:00 AM — 9:00 AM