Please save the date for October 1st for our gallery reception from 6:00-7:30 and join us in the Black Box Theatre for our Artist Talk starting at 6:30. Cynthia will discuss thematic approaches in her work, how she creates such beautiful color and realism in the textures and details in her drawings and shares her experiences as an artist and the process it takes to develop a final artwork.
We are honored to host this collection by Cynthia Hellyer Heinz and Earl Heinz- a married couple working in different media with a different style and process but both exploring the cycles and organic materials of the natural world around us and our connection to it. This collection reminds us there is a sacredness in mother nature’s transition and encourages us to consider how we interact with her, how we impact her, and how we mirror her. On display from June 1st – October 1st, the gallery is open to the public during all performances and the following summer hours:
June and July
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Please save the date for October 1st and join us in the Black Box Theatre for our Artist Talk reception. Cynthia will discuss thematic approaches in her work, how she creates such beautiful color and realism in the textures and details in her drawings and shares her experiences as an artist and the process it takes to develop a final artwork (more info to come). You can see more of her work on her website(www.cynthiahellyerheinz.com)
Cynthia Hellyer Heinz
The maternal aspect of nurturing has been traditionally acknowledged by the use of the phrase “mother nature”. Mother holds a preeminent position in our consideration of goodness. We would not exist without the mother, the giver and sustaining power of life. From the cycle of youthful feminine beauty to the cragginess of the etched flesh of the crone, the female figure is an emblem of an experience, comprehensible to all, through our relationship with mother and nature.
We are beings who revel in landscape. The sunny days influence our state of mind. The smell of earth pulls at our memories. These drawings are narratives about the linking spirit between the mother and the sustaining environment, the acknowledgement of the preciousness and vulnerability that is integrated with the quality of our existence. This existence is rooted in the cyclic aspect of regeneration, birth and death, and the transitions of time and the seasons.
Nature is infinite and powerful, yet its smallest beings, like infants, are exposed to human whims. The bees disappear, the birds a less and we fear the tsunami of our carelessness. In the end through the recognition of our blessings, sacred Mother Nature, we redeem our quality of life; comprehend the reciprocal intrinsic thread that binds us to our time, environment and potential.
I am a self taught potter. My work has evolved through forty years of practice. A strong studio discipline, being at the wheel throwing, glazing, and firing, has produced pieces based on many, many tests, broken shards and the tangible result of a moment. It could be one pound to twenty five pounds of clay, a small bowl or a large sculptural piece, the work is a compelling statement of form, function and beauty. My glazes, developed through many years of experimentation, are applied in layers from buckets of liquid color indistinguishable until fired and coating the both pots and studio floor. Every season there are new discoveries out of the making and demands of the clay. It is an analytical process of exploring technique, creating and evaluating the pot after the firing. I am inspired by the materials and the possibilities of how plastic earth born substance can be awakened by fire and imbued with molten color.
My work is meant to be used. It is functional. It has a purpose beyond the form and color’s impact. The notion that a bowl is both aesthetically pleasing and can be a useful vessel is a very important aspect to why I make pots. Every morning coffee and tea are held by hands that can feel the grooves of my instant at the wheel and the legacy of potters through time providing the containers necessary for a quality of living.