Printmaker Carol Meis Ellington and mixed media artist Margie Schimenti are featured artists in August with their show “Evolving.” They will host a First Friday opening reception 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, with live music by Jerry Jacoby. The show runs July 30 to Sept. 1, 2013.
For this show, Carol Meis Ellington created monoprints by using a prepared matrix (woodblock, etching plate, etc.) and printing subsequent layers upon the original printed image. “Most of my previous work is tight and very structured,” she says, “yet my new body of work gives me the opportunity to loosen up and experiment with a new medium -- oil pastels.” Several previous works, including those that were juried into national shows, will be part of this show. In addition, Ellington has a piece in “Clothing Optional” at the National Association of Women Artists Gallery in New York, N.Y.; and in “The Women of N.A.W.A. Exposed” at Goggle Works in Reading, Penn.
Margie Schimenti will show mixed media constructions with personal and nature themes. Schimenti is a conceptual artist who challenges conventional ideas by her choice of materials, often common found objects, juxtaposed in ways that force the viewer to consider their own definitions of the meaning of art.
The Artists’ Co-op has been showing the work of respected regional artists for more than 35 years. This cooperative group of artists conducts educational and cultural outreach activities, and it maintains and staffs a gallery that features works in a wide variety of media, including sculpture, weaving, painting, pottery, photography, printmaking and drawing. Monthly opening receptions provide opportunities to meet member artists and learn more about their work.