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December 1997

1997 Holiday Exhibition
featuring Jan Erion and Michael Kareken
Rick Stafford and Meredith Earls

Jeffrey Moose Gallery will open a Holiday exhibition with a collection of fine art pirnts and other giveables the second week in December. The gallery will introduce Minnesota printmaker Michael Kareken's moody etchings and feature gallery artist Jan Erion's bold figurative collagraphs. Also on display will be Neriage porcelain by artist Rick Stafford, stone sculpture by Meredith Earls, and a variety of fine art jewelry.

Michael Kareken
"Curved Funnel"

Michal Kareken is known for his somber, realistic etchings and drawings of places that suggest a sense of Film Noir. His biography, impressive for a young artist, boasts numerous awards including The Louise Nevelson Award in Art from The Academy of Arts and Letters in New York and the Drawing Award from the National Academy of Design. Absent in his images is any sense of historical reference; it could be yesterday or decades ago. There is a matter-of-fact menacing intensity conveyed in a group of images depicting rampaging tornadoes. As scary as they may be, the images are riveting in their clarity of vision and practically sentimental in their incarnation as black and white prints. They are mysteriously removed from the television hype which normally surrounds twisters.

Jan Erion will exhibit her exquisite collagraph monotypes featuring a variety of figurative studies in color and black and white. Ms. Erion's work is known for her use of bold, dark outlines and multi-media surfaces. The collagraph is an unusual relief printmaking method developed by a former U.W. professor. It leaves a heavy embossing on the paper which, combined with Ms. Erion's line work, creates a heavy, sculptural eftect. Recently, Ms. Erion was selected, along with a prestigious group of Seattle artists, to participate in a national Absolut Vodka advertising campaign promoting Aids awareness.


Rick Stafford
Neriage lamp with Japanese paper shade

Rick Stafford is a Bainbridge Island ceramist whose work in porcelain has been compared with some of the best in the medium. Stafford, a student of the legendary Central Washington University ceramist and professor Richard Fairbanks, works in a Japanese technique known as Neriage. Neriage is a method by which the artist creates patterns and images in the surface of the work using different colors of clays instead of using glazes. In this exhibition, Mr. Stafford will present an exciting group of Neriage table lamps with handmade Japanese paper shades. Traditional teapots and tea bowls as well as platters and non-functional works will also be exthibited.


Meredeth Earls
"Gentle Sorrow"

Meredeth Earls is a respected Northwest sculptor, having taught at college level and at stone carving symposia. Her work evokes strong emotions through elegant designs and sensual forms. Allusions to classical literature or myths are not uncommon. Three deftly composed swans, in translucent alabaster and Virginia steatite will be presented in this show.


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