Unlikely Pairings

Unlikely Pairings

Featuring the works of:

Jennifer Hogan, Michelle Spiziri, Linda Popp, Jessica St. Clair, Kat Soul, Jodi Harvey

June 2 through June 23

This eclectic and exciting exhibit features the work of six exceptional artists. Featuring paintings, photographs, book sculptures, mixed media, and found object sculptures, this collection brings together a variety of unique perspectives and voices to create an enlivening experience for the viewer.

Michelle Spiziri

“My paintings and imagery come from my own imagination. Never setting out to illustrate a specific theme or story, I create each image as I go, changing and shaping it along the way. 
My artwork has evolved and changed over the years. 

In the past, the images were obviously darker in content, and now they appear more lighthearted and whimsical. I like to paint the ‘snapshot’ images of the non-moments in life, which I think are the real moments in life; the everyday things we do and take for granted, and paint that.

Some of my images are loosely based on the banality found in our daily lives, with specific interest in those moments when we find ourselves alone and uninhibited. 

Jessica St. Clair

Award-winning artist Jessica St. Clair specializes in photographic fine art, digital art and graphic design, often crossing platforms and blending mediums for unique, unexpected and eye-catching results.  She describes her work as “art transcending perception,” referring to her specialty of seamlessly interlacing layers of images bridging reality and imagination.

Jessica’s love of nature’s vibrant palette, salty shorelines and animals are themes often evident in her work.  An artistic endeavor she is especially proud of is her creation of Bark Remarks™ “doggone funny greetings for a great cause,” a thoughtful card collection creatively featuring and giving back to dogs in need.

Jennifer Hogan

Jennifer’s ethereal, painterly images of nature draw on her background working in oil on canvas. Many of her best photos are a result of hiking with her dogs and following their lead as they explore the life around us.

“We open our eyes and the buzz and hustle of existence assaults us. Ever-present, ever-changing screens blur our vision, leaving us unfocused and unsteady with no shadows to guide us. Misery manufactured of unfiltered information soaks our air, our clothes and then our skin, bleaching the color out of existence. Overwhelming light blinds us as much as absolute dark.

My camera is a tool for thought as well as vision: a prism, breaking the unrelenting modern glare into a spectrum of natural differences. Looking through the lens reminds me that the world is fractal and fragile. It is a surprise and delight when I zoom in on the delicate, ephemeral or threatened details revealed — then capture them before the moment evaporates. I rely on my camera to be my true eye and my photos to be my true voice.

Maybe for a moment you’ll see the same thing I do. Maybe you’ll embrace the sight, hold it close, try to save it. Maybe, amidst the constant flash of harshness and brutality you’ll find a tiny shard of hope.”

Linda Popp

Linda Popp is a Baltimore artist and art educator. She retired after a 41- year career with Baltimore County Public Schools, and is currently supervising art education student teachers at Towson University.

Linda creates narrative found object assemblage sculptures. She uses artifacts and symbolic objects to convey stories about relationships with family, place, love, faith, and self. During the process, she goes beyond her personal stories and the narrative becomes more universal. Some objects/symbols are fairly obvious; others may be interpreted by viewers differently as they bring their own experiences to the work. Linda enjoys the idea that something from her own story may cause others to reflect on their own experiences. 

Kat Soul

KAT Soul produces art in a variety of ways – from songwriting and performing music to stand-up comedy to painting with watercolors to ceramics, both hand built and on the wheel. KAT is entirely self taught with nature and the animal kingdom as her primary artistic influences.     

KAT’s art is bright and simple, art to make you smile.  Proceeds from the sale of ART by KAT Soul are used to support local animal rescue organizations in the Baltimore area.  

“The Heart has always been one of my favorite things to sing about, sculpt and paint.  We all need a functioning heart to live, love and survive.  I painted heart images…before and after experiencing open heart surgery in July. It’s so amazing they can repair a damaged heart valve with such precision to keep hearts beating where they would otherwise stop.  Hearts will always find their way into my art pieces because the heart symbolizes love and we could all use more love in this world.  I’m always looking for heart shaped things when I’m outside, like stones, seashells, clouds or the black heart shaped spot on my calico cat’s shoulder.”  

Jodi Harvey

“I have always loved art, and I have always loved to read.  Books pull you into a new world, while art lets you see it.  It made sense to me that these two mediums should come together.  The books that we love to read should be made to come to life.  Characters, that we care so much for, should come out of the pages to show us their stories.  What we see in our imaginations as we read should be there for the world to see.  My book sculptures are my way of making stories come alive.”

The Three J’s and Friends

The Three J’s and Friends

John Sauers, Jonathan West and Justin Woytowitz

with award-winning artist Lise Lorentzen

May 5 through May 26

Exhibit Open Sundays 1 to 4 and Wednesdays 1 to 7

The Liriodendron is thrilled to welcome the 3 Js back to our gallery!  The work of John Sauers, Jonathan West, and Justin Woytowitz, all plein air artists and all members of the Liriodendron’s Wednesday Artists Group, will be showcased, along with pieces from the award-winning Rosemaling artist Lise Lorentzen.

John Sauers is a Harford County artist whose work has won awards at major shows and been featured in galleries across the region.

I was born in 1933 next to the woods…I do not paint scenes. I paint plein air images relevant to my life: I paint ‘lifescapes’ which reflect the road traveled from ‘next to the woods’ through the great valley of Virginia, to my ancestral place at Whitetop and Greencove Virginia.”

Jonathan West’s work has been shown across the region.  “These spirited expressions of light and color express my cathartic impressions of life and the inevitability of death.  Often inspired by tragic current events, these paintings are guided by emotion, fate and subconscious spiritual principles…”

Justin Woytowitz is a popular en plein air artist whose works have been shown in galleries and venues throughout the region and on the Eastern Shore.

Lise Lorentzen’s Rosemaling work can be found throughout the United States and Norway, as well as her commission work, which she continues to the present day. Her work has been on display at the Staten Island Museum as well as the Norwegian Seaman’s Church in New York. In 2014, Lise received First Place at the Sons of Norway Third District Convention, and placed third nationally in Vesterheim’s 2013 annual competition. Lorentzen, who has also been a Rosemaling instructor, will be giving a demonstration of her technique on opening day of the exhibit.

The exhibit will run from May 5 through May 26 and will be viewable on Wednesdays from 1 to 7 pm and Sundays from 1 to 4 pm.  Artists will be on site on Sundays.

Jack Radcliffe, Alison Radcliffe, Dave DeRan

Jack Radcliffe, Alison Radcliffe, Dave DeRan

The Liriodendron is proud to feature the works of Jack Radcliffe, Alison Radcliffe, and Dave DeRan in our current exhibit, opening on Sunday, March 31 and running through Sunday, April 28. 

Jack Radcliffe approaches his subjects with an unavoidable compassion and insight. With his sensitivity towards his subjects, the layer of textures he finds with his camera lens, and the richness of tone he achieves with his skillful printing, his portraits mesmerize the viewer with their depth and world-worn vulnerability and innocence. Jack’s work has been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, and the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Alison Radcliffe says of her work: “Art and music are my tools to investigate the human condition. Uniting these two art forms, my task is to present a coherent expression of the universal experience of joy and sorrow. I approach the past and the present as one state of being, and seek answers with artifacts from my imagination as well as engaging interactive social dialogue through portraiture.

Dave DeRan’s artwork includes watercolors, acrylics, oils, pen & ink drawings, along with assemblages, and sculptures.  Featuring farm, woodland and water scenes, his works have been referred to as “rural realism” but he also has works with a more primitive look.  Dave has illustrated several books, short stories, and CD covers.

Visit the Liriodendron on Sundays (1 to 4 pm) and Wednesdays (1 to 7 pm) to see how these three artists, each with their own unique viewpoint, share a connection.

A free opening reception, with live music by Alison Radcliffe and Late for Supper, will be held on Sunday, March 31 from 1 to 4 pm.

The sculptures of Alice Redmond, and woodworks by Tom Jones will also be on display during this exhibit.