EL DORADO ARTS Council Gallery Coordinator Laura Washburn arranges some of the 3-D artwork on display at the 3X3 and 3-D exhibit at Artspace on Main Street in Placerville. An artists reception will be held on Oct. 19. The show runs through Oct. 26. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene


Three-by-three, and in 3-D, art show really is a must-see

By From page B1 | October 09, 2013

There’s a $10,000 horse galloping in the front window at 459 Main St. in Placerville.

Trot on inside ArtSpace, run by the El Dorado Arts Council, then pull up on the reins so that you can fully enjoy the art treasures inside during a show by members of the Placerville Arts Association that runs through Oct. 25.

The fabulous steel steed by Jean Marc Van Den Heuvel, titled “Halting Horse,” is a marvel of creation, with the artist welding thin pieces of metal to give life to the fantastic blackened-silver creature. The artist’s work is among 137 individual attractions at the “3-D and 3X3 Art Show.” All are offered for sale.

Already sold, for $500, is a stunning, sadly nostalgic 3-by-3 collection of black-and-white tiles depicting nine members of “Club 27,” known in rock ‘n’ roll circles as the grouping of those in that genre who died at age 27. Anchoring the top left tile is Jim Morrison of The Doors, who is joined by Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse, along with four others.The emotions stirred by the collection, by artist Ron Hall, leave no wonder that the work already was purchased.

Plenty of other offerings will have show-goers reaching for their checkbooks, however, as the free event includes jewelry, ceramics, glass, polymer, sculpture, hand-painted silk scarves, clothing, furniture and more. Oils, watercolor, acrylic, photography and multi-media all are employed to make the show an enticing way to spend part of your day in historical Placerville.


Colorful and fun

PAA member Sandra Wilson of Pollock Pines, whose gourd art is striking and unique, pointed out several of the attractions of the “3-D and 3X3 Art Show” recently, including her own whimsical works that make good use of bright colors.

“I’ve been in a colorful mood lately,” said Wilson, 76, who has been an artist since age 19. “There’s something relatively new, called ‘entanglement’ art, where you just doodle in various media and it has made life really fun.”

Maybe she calls it “just doodling,” but it bears little resemblance to what most would accomplish using the same techniques. Looking at one of her gourds, bearing striking colors and “making life really fun,” Wilson said she has been working with that art form for 11 years. She said that medium allows her freedom to use all her talents as an artist.

“I’ve found that anything that I learned about art since childhood can be done with gourds,” she said.

Wilson then led the way to a collection of fused glass jewelry, unique and attractive, as a steady stream of morning customers came into ArtSpace to check things out.

The gallery is open from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday.

The walls of the interior are filled now with the tiles composing the 3 by 3 works, which consist of three rows of three tiles, nine pieces total, which can be sold as a collection or individually. Several artists are represented.

Among the offerings in sculpture, a giraffe named “Annabelle” can’t be missed as she sits perched on a pedestal, a work by Cathy Keil. Keil’s style is recognized in a handful of other clay renderings in the show.

More than 20 different artists have their works in the “3-D and 3X3 Art Show.”

“When you get a group of artists together, you see a lot of different things — and it makes it very fun,” Wilson summed up.


Art in action

In conjunction with the show, several of its contributing artists will be conducting demonstrations on the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 19, and into that evening, during the Third Saturday Art Walk.

For more information contact Sandra Wilson at 530-644-1550 or Kaaren Poole at 530-672-0943.

Pat Lakey

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