Brackenwood Gallery

A gallery on Whidbey Island, WA representing the very best in fine arts and crafts from the pacific northwest.

"Mending Hearts" Hit Home

On Saturday January 19 "Mending Hearts" opens with an Artists' Reception from 5-7 PM. Anne and I just came back from Sue's studio and are very excited about this show. Its an exhibit that will engage your mind in multifaceted ways. Sue Taves breaking a heart, photo by Michael Stadler


Micheal Stadler documented the moment of breakage with explosive photographs that will be displayed as wall art with the actual sculpture that was broken. Putting back together these "broken hearts" created quite a puzzle for Sue Taves and Zia Gipson. They pondered the shards of stone and thought about how they could put them back together again in a way that honored the beauty of the stone but also said something metaphorically about human emotions involved in heartbreak.



Soft Spot, Stone Sculpture, Sue Taves



As I wandered around the studio gazing at the different sculptures I found myself thinking about my own personal history with heartbreak, then wondering how in the world these artists thought of mending a heart with fur, then looking at the stake thru the heart and thinking, ya I get that! I found myself ping ponging back and forth between emotion and marveling at the problem solving involved in putting these hearts together again.

Sharon Shoemaker and Robbie Cribbs came to one of the "breaking" sessions and also captured in film. Their short video will depict the process as Sue stands high on a ladder and drops one of her stone heart creations onto a black granite base.

The collaborative process between Stone carver and sculptor Sue Taves, Photographer Michael Stadler and mixed media artist Zia Gipson has created a truly unusual art exhibit that will linger in your mind long after you leave the gallery. We look forward to seeing you at this dynamic show that opens our 2013 season!


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