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In the Ellen Nelson Gallery

 

The Paintings and Drawings of

William Mancuso and Melissa Eddings

 

June 6 -- July 24

Opening Reception

Sunday, June 6, 2:00-4:00 pm

 

 

 

 

   In the Ellen   

 Nelson Gallery

 

William Mancuso

Prayer Flags for the Flatlands

Woodblock Print on Material

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

William Mancuso

Fish Swimming Upstream

Watercolor

 

Melissa Eddings

Swim Lesson 1

Oil and Graphite on Panel

 

 

 

 

 

William Mancuso

Porch Monkey

Pencil on Milk Carton

 

 

 

 

Melissa Eddings

Starling Study #s 1, 3, & 2

Oil and Silver Leaf on Wood

 

 

 

 

William Mancuso

Raisinettes

Oil on Canvas

 

William Mancuso

#9 (Makes your heart go flippity flop)

Oil on Canvas

 

 

Melissa Eddings

T-shirts on a Line

Graphite on Wood

 

Melissa Eddings

Silver Crow

Oil and Silver Leaf on Wood

 

 

 

 

 

William Mancuso

Goin' to Purna Palace

Watercolor and Colored Pencil

 

William Mancuso

Winds of the Heavens Dance between you

Watercolor and Colored Pencil

 

 

 

Melissa Eddings

Waiting

A series of twelve drawings

Melissa Eddings

Waiting 1

Conte Crayon

 

Melissa Eddings

Waiting 8

Graphite and Watercolor

 

 

 

Artists' Statements

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why draw?  Why paint?  Why play music?  Why garden? Why get up in the morning? Why dance with babies?  For me, being involved with the process of art is about seeing.  Seeing the interconnectedness.  Seeing the invisible behind the visible. When I consider what Gandhi said when asked about his message, "my life is my message", perhaps the trail one leaves, not just in art but by all of life's choices, is not only your message, but the ultimate form of art? 

 

Any day now...

 

I'm hoping that any day now, more and more people will recognize that we are not separate bags of skin, the myth of the "individual", but are totally interconnected and dependent, woven into the fabric of all that nature and the experience of life offer.

 

Any day now....

 

William Mancuso

 

 

The title, ANY DAY NOW, speaks of something yet to come. During my sabbatical from teaching, I had the opportunity to slow down a bit and observe, reflect, and ponder. As I slowed my pace throughout the days I became acutely aware of how much of my time was spent waiting for something: waiting for a phone call, a download, the paint to dry, a package to arrive, the water to boil, the sun to shine, the rain to come… Although the thrust of my painting and drawing lies in the attraction to the inherent design and visual language found in the silhouette of a bird against the snow; the play of organic shapes (swimmers) against geometric ones (pool); the pattern of laundry on a line, an expectant tenor emerged from these recent images. Any day now I’ll understand the reasons behind these images.

 

Melissa Eddings

 

 

 

Artists' Photos by Kathleen Phipps