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“Impressions: On Canvas & On Metal” Opening Reception
December 1, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Featuring the artwork of Andrea Barrier & Merrill Weber
(The show will remain in the Special Exhibit Gallery November 26th through December 29th)
Andrea Barrier designs and makes etched copper and sterling wire jewelry in her Southern Chester County Studio.
The copper is acid etched with hand drawn designs and then formed into earrings, bracelets and necklaces using semi-precious stones. The natural designs from the stones are repeated when possible. The sterling silver wire art components are hand formed, hammered and then assembled into one of a kind jewelry pieces using natural stone or handmade glass. Her goal is to make jewelry which is delicate, whimsical and fun to wear. She is a member of the Oxford Art Alliance and the Newark Art Alliance as well as the PA Guild of Craftsmen and President of the Chester County Craft Guild. In addition she has been a professional costume designer for over 30 years. When not making jewelry she can be found working in her garden or designing costumes for regional theaters.
Merrill Weber, a self-taught painter, is a native Floridian who has called the beautiful Southeastern Pennsylvania countryside home for the past 25 years. Forever an artist at heart, Merrill has joyfully embraced the opportunity to paint daily in recent years after dedicating nearly three decades to raising her son with autism. Seeing the world through his eyes has challenged Merrill to communicate feelings of joy and delight without words, and inspires her to create floral imagery bursting with sensations of buoyancy, color, movement and harmony.
Merrill’s paintings represent the place where her love of flowers and her passion for painting intersect. She is determined to bring more beauty and happiness into the daily lives of others through her art. Inspired by nature, her engaging work has been described as imaginative, playful, and filled with energy and hope. In creating her multi-media pieces from life, Merrill adds many layers of flowers in acrylic over brightly-toned canvases. Floral detail is then added in graphite and pastel. Multiple coats of archival varnish complete the process. Merrill’s goal in painting is to create a conversation with the viewer via her canvas, allowing her to preserve and share in the joy of the moment.