Henderson Fine Arts Gallery

Dale Latta / Don Ellis

January 11 – February 1, 2013

Reception: January 11 – 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The two worlds of Don Ellis and Dale Latta will come to life in one show at the San Juan College Henderson Fine Arts Center Art Gallery on January 11. An opening reception will be held on January 11 from 6-8 p.m. The exhibit will be shown through February 1.

The exhibit Dale Latta/Don Ellis will feature paintings from Latta and stoneware from Ellis.

Dale Latta’s portion of the exhibit, called The Portal Series, originated with photos of people’s reflections in the surface of the Cloudgate, a stainless steel sculpture located in Chicago’s Millennium Park. Latta manipulates the photos of people “letting it all hang out” in front of the mirror-like surfaces of Cloudgate, then creates paintings based on the altered photo.

“The surface irregularities in the huge piece reflect figures that are recognizable but unsettling in their extreme distortion,” Latta says. “The infinite variety of impossible viewpoints rendered by the gigantic curved surfaces fascinates me to no end.”

 

Don Ellis will show his collection of stoneware. Ellis creates almost exclusively high-fire, functional stoneware pieces. He aims to create functional stoneware that is pleasing to look at but can also be of  use to the person owning it – making its purpose twofold.

“I find great joy in working with clay,” Ellis says. “It has evolved into a fascination and a livelihood. A pot is an extension of the person creating it; it becomes a part of him.”

For more information about this exhibit and others at San Juan College, call Cindy McNealy at (505) 566-3464.