The District Gallery presents Ebb and Flow: New Work by Nancy Lloyd-Hooker and Cal Breed on May 31 – June 29, 2013. The Opening is Friday, May 31, 5:30-8 p.m.
The District Gallery is pleased to present Ebb and Flow: New Work by Nancy Lloyd-Hooker and Cal Breed. This exhibit brings together the work of two artists, both greatly influenced by the landscape around them. Their creations are inspired by past encounters with nature, yet both artists embrace the uncertainties and possibilities the future holds. Their artistic journeys have led them to create in a style that is tried and true for them, but each artist welcomes an opportunity to make something unexpected. Oil painter Nancy Lloyd-Hooker and glass artist Cal Breed constantly visit the past in their works, evolve them into something new and experimental, and revisit the past again. It is this ebb and flow-in the ideas behind the works and in the creative process itself-that drives the aesthetic vision of these artists.
Knoxville artist Nancy Lloyd-Hooker paints landscapes and still lifes in oil. An Ohio native, she signs her work ―Cherokee‖ to honor her grandmother, who was a Cherokee Indian. Nancy remembers her grandmother wearing a very large brim straw hat, long sleeves, dress and apron with large pockets for her line, hooks and a small can of worms. She fished with a very long bamboo pole, tossing her line out by hand. She credits her grandmother for her love of fishing and nature. Nancy’s engineering background helped her develop a strong sense of perspective, visualization and design in her work. She has exhibited in the mid-west and southeast and has won numerous awards in juried shows.
Glass artist Cal Breed has studied at various schools around the country, gleaning knowledge and techniques from some of the best artists in the world. His studio resides on 26 acres bordering Little River Canyon National Preserve in Fort Payne, Alabama, just a few miles from where Cal and his wife Christy met and spent many days scaling the steep cliffs or paddling the turbulent waters. Evidence of this landscape whispers through the Orbix collection, as it always remains a backdrop of the studio. From one perspective, Orbix is about Cal’s and Christy’s personal paths along the way and their intersection with many others on their personal orbits. From another perspective it’s about the process of blowing glass and its constant requirement to never stop turning – always pushing forward.
An opening reception was held on Friday, May 31 from 5:30-8 p.m. The show
continues through June 29.