General Information

 

Gallery Open Tuesday - Saturday 

10 AM - 5 PM

Village Court
890 Elm Grove Road
Elm Grove, WI
53122
Phone: 262-780-1191
Map to gallery

Village Court
890 Elm Grove Road
Elm Grove, WI
53122
Phone: 262-780-1191
Map to gallery

To make an appointment outside of gallery hours, please call.

 

River’s End Gallery Fine Art
Located In Elm Grove

Bonnie Belt's Gallery

ARTIST STATEMENT

A fascination with nature and trees has pervaded most of my 30-year career in art. I attended ceramics courses at college and later studied Chinese brush painting, from which I learned the subtleties of brushwork and the Chinese philosophy that influences my work. The natural world is the primary focus of my life and art. I could not exist without the solitude of the forest or the interaction with the wildlife at my home there. I try to capture the drama and movement of the windswept trees of my coastal surroundings. I especially love the cypress trees, the way they tenaciously hang on the edges of cliffs, bent by the wind, and yet are still growing.

One thing that makes my work special is the final smoke firing. It is a relatively quick end to the laborious sculpting, throwing, glazing and masking process. I layer sawdust, newspaper and whatever organic material from my yard, usually dried redwood needles, madrone leaves or oak leaves into a ventilated galvanized trash can. I gently pack each piece into the can and smoke the barrels for 45 minutes to an hour, allow the sculptures to cool, then remove them and scrub them clean. They are then sealed with an acrylic sealer. This smoking gives each piece an organic, ancient finish that complements the sculpture. The black smoke finish, when exposed to prolonged sunlight will fade to a lighter shade.

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