“In the Folk Art Tradition” – John Wade, Paintings; Lina Zirkle, Fibre Art; Bryan Grieze, Welded Scrap Metal Sculptures; and Nathan Hope, Wood Assemblages
Public Reception: Friday, January 10, 5:30-7:00pm – Congregational Reception: Sunday, January 12, 12:15-1:30pm
Gallery hours are Monday - Friday 9AM - 1PM and Sundays 9:30AM - 1PM
None of the artists in our current exhibition, “In the Spirit of Folk Art,” is a classic folk artist, that is, one working in isolation, never trying to sell anything, their work being discovered after their demise. Art is taught routinely in schools; mass communication keeps most people very much in touch; most artists are happy to make sales.
However, the work of John Wade, Nate Hope, Lina Zerkle and Bryan Grieze have the folk art spirit. John’s gentle paintings of church people and family scenes are laid out in the simple, flat shapes often used by children. Nate uses scrap wood to make uncomplicated sculptures that give his take on the city and society. Bryan welds scrap metal to create fanciful animals. Lina, who said that she was taught to “never waste anything,” works all kinds of scrap materials into her fabric wall hangings. When I talked with each of these artists about their possible inclusion in this exhibition, a few had to think about it, but all then agreed that, yes, they worked “In the Spirit of Folk Art.”