Guest Artists Hilary Kahrl and Eric Leppanen Start the Summer Season at Åarhus
Please join Åarhus Gallery for an opening reception on Friday July 4th, 5-8pm as they kick off their summer season with guest artists Islesboro potter Hilary Kahrl and Belfast painter Eric Leppanen. The show runs from July 1st through July 27th.
Hilary Kahrl has covered a lot of territory in her study of ceramics- Seattle; Hawaii; Portland, Maine; and Bangalore, India. It appears that her approach to the surface of her ceramics follows suit. Her exquisite line freely travels the landscape of her clay work revealing not only a story, but the delicate quality and confident contours that only talent, hardwork and the ability to relinquish control and let fire meet clay, can bring to light. She now works out of her her own ceramics studio Dark Harbor Pottery on Islesboro.
Eric Leppanen is an artist living and working in Belfast. He was born in 1970 and grew up on the beach in Owls Head, Maine. He attended Suffolk University where he studied business and marketing while studying and experimenting with art on his own. Upon graduation he put his artwork aside and immersed himself in the corporate banking world. After 16 years in various business and finance roles he was “released” from the corporate world. He was given a gift, an afterlife, and since leaving that world he found his passion again and continues to paint and create prolifically. He considers himself to be an action painter who recycles old paint – giving it a new life and purpose. He says, “My experimental art is a combination of taking ideas and materials, adding in energy and emotion, and then letting the paint flow. I work to create visually stimulating texture and depth by directing the paint’s interaction with the forces of nature, yet I find that it is a process that requires both precision and serendipity”.