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Minerva's Market Street Art Spot is happy to announce a two-person show featuring the highly decorated, magnificent gourds of Terri Howard; and the beautiful animal paintings of Sue Steiner.
The opening reception for Sue and Terri will take place this Friday, Aug. 11, 5-9 p.m.
According to Howard, gourds are among the world's oldest domesticated plants and have had many uses over the centuries, including utensils, bowls, canteens, musical instruments and even body coverings. It was a natural evolution for the ancient ones to decorate them and thus add beauty and individuality to their items made from gourds.
Howard first discovered gourds through her hobby of backyard bird watching, when she learned of their use as birdhouses and feeders. As she continued working with them, her artwork evolved into more complex and time-consuming imagery, so she decided they needed to be used indoors where the gourd's integrity would not be compromised by the elements.
Today she makes containers, ornaments, lights, birdhouses and purely decorative pieces.
Steiner started her art career eight years ago as a self-taught artist painting murals at Lehman's Hardware in Kidron. She painted five life-sized outdoor farm animal murals and an indoor mural of a life-sized hitching post and draft horse team, along with other farm animals.
She also had an art studio for several years in the Canton Arts District at the former 2nd April Art Gallerie. She now works out of her home studio, Free Rein Art Studio, in Dalton.
Steiner is known mostly as a pet portrait and horse artist and accepts commission. She also enjoys painting people portraits, figurative work and florals. Her style ranges from realistic to abstract, but most often falls in the middle of that spectrum at 'expressive and gestural'.
Steiner's artwork has often been described as colorful, lively and often painted in "alla prima" style. Her favorite medium is oils, but she also works in watercolor, colored pencil and pastels, and mixed media. She has tried her hand at wire sculptures, polymer clay, wood burning and mosaic. She enjoys the challenge of working with recycled and vintage materials and does so in between working on commissions.
For 78 consecutive months the Art Spot has held a Featured Artist Opening reception with live music, free food and refreshments.
This month, the keyboard artistry of Minerva's Judy Libbey will bring a variety of classical and pop music to the Art Spot. This month's sponsor of the opening reception is the Hart Mansion Restaurant.
The Market Street Art Spot continues to be open for regular business on Fridays from 1-6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
This remarkable show of the work of Terri Howard and Sue Steiner will continue at the Art Spot through Sept. 2.