Friday, May 6, 2011

Arts Commission of Greater Toledo Announces Hammersmith, Nunn, Tayui Exhibition

Ink Blot Ring (bronze and sterling silver) by Chelsey Hammersmith


The Hammersmith, Nunn, Tayui Exhibition will be on display May 2 thru June 17, 2011 in the Parkwood Gallery.  The public is invited to join us for a reception for the exhibition on Friday, May 13 from 6 to 8 pm.

The artists in this exhibition are united in their bold visions that are both introspective and cultural.

Chelsey Hammersmith transforms cold metal and hard plastic into flowing forms that allude to beauty and dignity from past and present cultures and from natural phenomenon.  The abstract forms of her jewelry may conjure the ceremony of a goddess’s headdress and the gracefulness of the morning dew in the forest.  The artist enjoys how artwork reveals the subconscious mind in her audience.

The amazing color sense of Marcus Nunn veils digital photographs of Toledo landmarks with uniqueness and fresh vision.  He challenges the viewer to expand his or her reality of our city and its culture and reputation.

Finally, the paintings of Nishiki Tayui explore dichotomous cultural identity through screens of texture, veils of transparency, and bold color.  A Japanese- born artist, Tayui jumps between her native culture and her assimilated culture on a daily basis.  Her daily cultural reality is the inspiration for her work.  Tayui is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Toledo Department of Art. The Parkwood Gallery is open Monday thru Friday 8:30 am – 4:30pm and is located at 1838 Parkwood Avenue, Suite 120 off of Monroe Street in Downtown Toledo.

The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo is the longest standing arts commission in the state of Ohio that develops and promotes the arts in the community, serving Northwest Ohio since 1959. 419-254-ARTS
                   Trespassing Prohibited? (digital photograph) by Marcus Nunn

Yes, We Are Here (oil on panel) by Nishiki Tayui  

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