NWC News Desk

Beyond Supplementary opens Thursday, Nov. 8, in Northwest Gallery

Posted October 23, 2012
By NWC News Desk

POWELL, Wyo. -   Artworks by adjunct faculty in the Northwest College Art Department go on display Thursday, Nov. 8, in Northwest Gallery. The exhibit, “Beyond Supplementary,” opens with an artists’ reception at 7:30 p.m.

“The dictionary defines adjunct as a thing added to something else, as a supplementary rather than an essential,” NWC Art and Galleries Coordinator Denise Kelsay said. “I decided to title this show ‘Beyond Supplementary’ because the talent and influence of these four artists is an essential component of our teaching process —way beyond supplemental.”

The two ceramists contributing to the exhibit are Dana Childs and Steve Schrepferman.

Childs says he views his work as a visual journal. Using mostly pre-made and found ceramic objects, he uses symbols and metaphors to translate the world around him, encoding his work with the help of common objects or images and historical/famous people.

Schrepferman says his visual sensibility is rooted in the colors, textures and rugged forms of the American West landscape. In awe of the immense vistas and canyons, he says he feels a strong connection to the great physical and spiritual energy of the land he strives to capture in his work.

Complementing the three-dimensional artists are illustrator Zak Pullen and Rebecca Weed, who add paintings and drawings to the exhibit.

Pullen’s character-oriented illustrations have been seen in numerous publications, including The New York Times Book Review, Sports Illustrated, Esquire, and The Wall Street Journal. His work has received honors several times from the Society of Illustrators and Communication Arts Illustration Annual.

Weed said when she works she thinks about permanence and impermanence and the way they’re measured. Raised in a Wyoming landscape described as bleak, harsh, empty and even ugly, she says she’s found “The beauty is in what we do measure, what we can’t measure and what we forget to measure.”

Northwest Gallery, located in the Cabre Building, is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Thursday from 7-9 p.m. Admission is free.