On Friday, November 4 from 5-7pm the Gallery at WREN presents the opening reception of Mountain Story: featuring new works by glass/mixed media artist and photographer Robyn Craxton Lindquist and ceramicist Maria Neal. Both artists draw their inspiration from the North Country landscapes in which they live and work, and are fascinated with the relationship between inner and outer worlds.
Neal speaks of landscapes “both sweeping and intimate” and works with clay as an “enduring canvas” on which to explore the infinite diversity of forms in the natural world. Lindquist explores surprising combinations of materials in her works, which often include glass, yarn, metal and even branches, and says her work grows from “an insatiable curiosity and love of experimentation.”
The show opens on Friday, November 4, with a wine and cheese reception in the Gallery from 5-7pm, and will run through November. The artists will be on hand to meet the public and talk about their work. Mountain Story is generously sponsored by Passumpsic Savings Bank.
Robyn Craxton Lindquist fell in love with art and with New Hampshire as a child. In 2009 she took an opportunity to move to the North Country and establish an art studio. A graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, she received her B.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Fine Art. With 16 years of experience in graphic design, Robyn also owns and runs her own design business. She lives and works in a mountain house in Dalton, with her husband Carl and daughter June.
Maria Neal worked for many years exploring wild places as a bird biologist before forming a love affair with clay, and creates functional and sculptural ceramic pieces for the home. Predominantly self-taught, Maria has studied clay at the Haystack Mountain School of Craft and at the University of Vermont. She currently teaches at the Littleton Studio School and at the WREN Maker Studio in Berlin. She lives in Randolph, NH in an off-grid solar homestead with her sugar maker husband, intrepid toddler, and an assortment of furry and feathered friends.