October 2017

A night of art and inspiration at WREN gallery

In the spirit of Beautiful, Naturally.™, we sponsored a woodland-themed art show that runs through the month. The show highlights the work of three artists, each exploring the theme INTERTWINED ROOTS: ART OF THE FOREST in a new, exciting way.

This gallery event is in partnership with WREN (Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network) in Bethlehem, New Hampshire. We love the work that WREN does in our own backyard, fostering economic growth and development in the White Mountains and across the state.

Intertwined Roots: Art of the Forest. Ruth Ann Hacking. Michelle Motuzas. Daniela Snow.

Art at WREN Gallery in Bethlehem, NHTo capture the creative spirit of the opening, we interviewed the three artists and asked them a series of questions. We hope their unique approaches will inspire and delight you as much as their interpretations of the natural forest theme.


RUTH ANN HACKING

What is the inspiration for your artwork?
I am inspired when I wander through nature and observe the patterns that form naturally.

What excites you the most about the pieces you are showing in the exhibit?
I’m excited to have my first larger collection of work displayed, and to share some wonderful White Mountain trees with everyone.

How does your work relate to nature and the natural world?
My work is created in the forests of New Hampshire. It is a way for me to share the beauty and individuality of trees that I meet along the way.

What is your creative process?
I capture natural patterns that I see while wandering through the world. Back at home, I edit the images to reflect my memory of each tree, so each printed image is the combination of images captured through two lenses: the camera and my eye. I then give each image a unique title to draw attention to parallels and personalities.

What are you currently working on, and what’s your artistic vision for the future?
It’s foliage season, so I am busy capturing more natural portraits for my work. With so many trees with so many stories to tell, I feel as though I’m just beginning to explore everything the White Mountains have to offer.

Ruth Ann Hacking: Art at WREN Gallery in Bethlehem, NH


DANIELA SNOW

What is the inspiration for your artwork?
The inspiration for my work is my surroundings: the outdoors, but also our own interactions with nature.

What excites you the most about the pieces you are showing in the exhibit?
Seeing my pieces in light for the first time and getting to share ideas about color and communication.

How does your work relate to nature and the natural world?
My work relates to nature and the natural world in that most pieces already came from nature and I use the paint to represent natural growth, working in harmony with what’s given.

What is your creative process?
There are multiple facets to my process. Everything is process oriented and the process guides the piece. The process is meant to be in the now, each layer working in the present as well as exploring different ways of language and communication without the sound of words.

What are you currently working on, and what’s your artistic vision for the future?
Currently I am working on exploring “visual linguistics” in more depth, creating language through rules, colors, symbolism and patterns through repetition. Finding connections and reflections between us and our surroundings. Creating a visual body of work that brings together universal linguistic color terms, the evolution and fluid motion of language, color, growth and the visual aspect of sound in music.

Daniela Snow: Art at WREN Gallery in Bethlehem, NH


MICHELLE MOTUZAS

What is the inspiration for your artwork?
The natural word and an ongoing challenge to myself to look at everything in a different light, from seeing weeds as beautiful and worthy of art to recycled materials for creating.

What excites you the most about the pieces you are showing in the exhibit?
I am looking forward to seeing how other people experience the pieces, and also seeing how the energy of the three artists work together, similar subject matter, but completely different approaches!

How does your work relate to nature and the natural world?
Personally I connect deeply with nature, as many artists do. I am not trying to freeze a moment in time, nor am I trying to create a fantasy version of nature. Through my studies of energy work and Shamanism, I try to connect with the energy of my subject… it is in this way that I relate to the natural world!

What is your creative process?
I notice what I notice and in being in the moment and connecting, I use gestural lines to capture what I need to convey in terms of subject matter and feeling. I am drawn to working small in the last few years so the paper/fabric from my used teabags (I sort of cringe every time I say/write that…) lends itself to this small and introspective practice. I then take the completed drawing, add some accents with paint or ink and then dip them in beeswax.

What are you currently working on, and what’s your artistic vision for the future?
I now have the space to work larger, so right now I am splitting my time between larger Abstract Expressionism paintings, smaller collaged pieces, sculptural bowls made from my teabags and I just received a contract from Schiffer Publishing for my third deck of Oracle cards. I am on a tight deadline for the Empath Oracle deck!

Michelle Motuzas: Art at WREN Gallery in Bethlehem, NH


One response to “A night of art and inspiration at WREN gallery”

  1. Looks like a beautiful show. Hope to get to WREN to view it.

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