Friday, February 4, 2011

Hot art for cold days -- Artists' reception Feb. 10 at CAM-PLEX for "Colors of the Tropics"

From CAM-PLEX in Gillette:

CAM-PLEX is pleased to invite you to meet artists Ronni Barbula & Ramona Roll on Thursday, February 10, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This artist reception is free and open to the public. To see the exhibit stop by anytime from Monday, February 7, through Friday, March 11.

For more information contact the CAM-PLEX ticket office at 307-682-8802. Ticket office hours are Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CAM-PLEX’s website: GALLERY HOURS are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Gallery doors are open during Heritage Center events and by special appointment. CAM-PLEX office number: 307-682-0552.

Ronni Barbula Artist’s Statement:

Ronni Barbula’s formal educational background is in the Graphic Arts. After free-lancing for eight years, Barbula began to work with a series of mediums in the fine crafts. She’s been fusing (kiln firing), glass since 1998 and has truly found her passion in glass.

She shows and sells her work locally at the AVA Community Art Center’s gift shop, at the Local Color’s Annual Art Gala in May, and regionally in fine gift shows and galleries.

Ronni also gives frequent studio tours in her home. She has expanded her studio space to include large displays of her glasswork and jewelry for sale to the public by appointment. Call her anytime at 307.680.6691 for a private tour of her studio and home.

Her primary focus is in hand-crafted jewelry, a fusion of her own uniquely designed dichroic glass stones, and her individually created fine silver settings.

In addition she produces a line of “Window Jewelry”, large statement piece wall hangings, organically shaped food safe vessels and a variety of other items, all of which are her own original designs and creations.

“Color is my passion and combining color and function with glass truly makes my heart sing.”

Ramona Roll Artist’s Statement

On her travels to the Hawaiian Islands, the beautiful scenes above and underwater inspired the “Tropical Color” series. Scenes that captured great emotion when she encountered them…”my personal swim with the giant green sea turtle, for example, or the dramatic thunderclouds-which miraculously split and gave way to a magnificent sunset.”

“Another such example is a painting, where as a little girl, I remember standing in the middle of my dear grandma’s garden, smelling sweet flowers, listening to buzzing bees and singing birds. The Gazebo, I discovered many years later in the luscious green yard of a Hawaiian estate.” She decided to unite the both in her painting “Gazebo Garden”.

Two of her works, included in this show, reflect some experiences of her time living in the beautiful West. The painting of Spearfish Canyon is especially dear to her because her family and she visit there every year to hike and enjoy a picnic at this very spot. Her children run free and squeal as they dare splashing and playing in the freezing water.

“Painting with acrylic gives me the freedom to overlay many times, until I feel the colors are brilliant and vibrant.”

“I strive to produce happy and pleasant art that creates warm and joyful emotions in the viewer, maybe even a desire to be at the scene.“

“I hope you will enjoy the show…”