New Year of Shakespeare & Art at CAS Arts Center

Left image: Matthew Bliss, "a box in which to hold the night," sculpture. Center image: Paula Elliott, "The Thing Is 1.5," 2012, charcoal, pastel, pencil, paint. Right image: Donise English, "Red Quilt," 2014, encaustic on panel.
Left image: Matthew Bliss, “a box in which to hold the night,” sculpture.
Center image: Paula Elliott, “The Thing Is 1.5,” 2012, charcoal, pastel, pencil, paint.
Right image: Donise English, “Red Quilt,” 2014, encaustic on panel.

January 7 – February 12 at the CAS Arts Center

Saturday, January 7, Artist Talk 2pm, Opening Reception 3-5pm

Matthew Bliss, small things of unknowable value

Matthew Bliss creates small sculptures that give an impression of the monumental. The work brings to mind an urban artifact, but not something randomly discarded and stumbled upon, but rather an artifact that has been carefully considered and crafted with the utmost devotion to detail, like a little industrial jewel. His own description of his work is cryptic, “I make small things of unknowable value.”

Paula Elliott, THE THING IS and OBJET D’ART

Paula Elliott’s works on paper are derived from the question of: what exactly constitutes a container? By shaping the form with successive layers of charcoal, a density of surface evolves creating an impression of material solidity. The ephemeral effects of the charcoal medium combined with allusion to a three dimensional object create an enigmatic quality that challenges the viewers perception of the work.

Donise English, ENCAUSTICS

Donise English describes her encaustic paintings as visual journeys. The works are created using oil paint and wax in a series of layers with each successive layer responding to previously applied wax or paint. Her residual marks, lines shapes and colors become subject of the work. Some layers obscure earlier marks, some layers enhance those marks, there by taking her on a journey with no preconceived ending.