Some of us at the 8×8 reception, December 2017

Gallery Fifty-Five is looking for 2D and jewelry artists. Are you interested? See the details and apply here.

Bracelets by Nancy Sathre-Vogel

Gallery 55 artists will be teaching three workshops in March as part of the McCall Arts & Humanities Cabin Fever Series. All classes are at the Gallery 55, 311 E. Lake St., McCall. The schedule is below. Registration is required. You can read the class descriptions and register for any of these fabulous workshops on the McCall Arts & Humanities website: mccall arts.org

 

Fun with Color, Discovering Abstract Painting: Saturday, March 3, 10-2, Stephen Douglas

Smart Phone-ography, Using Your Smart Phone to Achieve Awesome Photographic Results! Monday-Tuesday, March 5 and 6, 5-8, Connie McClaran

Metalsmithing for Beginners, Etching: Wednesday, March 21, 6-8:30, Nancy Sathre-Vogel

 

Art on the Lake: Did you know that Gallery 55 has a reception every First Saturday? And March weather is a great reason to get out there and party. Drop by the gallery, at 311 E. Lake Street on Saturday, March 3, from 4-8:00 p.m. We’ll have wine by Bistro 45, appetizers, and music by Mike Rutledge. Our featured artist is Thea Belecz.

Milling in the Past by Thea Belecz

Thea combines photographic and traditional fiber and bookbinding techniques into contemporary textile masterpieces. Her work intuitively captures the mood of nature, weather and their effects on people.

She comes by this naturally, as she grew up in the woods, fields and shoreline of Lake Michigan and then graduated from the Forestry School at Michigan State. Graduation landed her a job in Idaho where she was initially overwhelmed by the area’s vast unpopulated spaces. But today she has grown accustomed to and revels in Idaho landscapes. You will appreciate that sentiment when you see her work.

February Workshops

Jewelry by Nancy Sathre-Vogel

Through the magic of the McCall Arts & Humanities Council Cabin Fever Series, we are able to offer you two workshops at the gallery in February, one on metal smithing by Nancy Sathre-Vogel and another in book arts by Thea Belecz.

Nancy’s workshops actually bridge January into February. She is offering two evening classes, one in the basics of soldering on January 31 and a second workshop on February 1 on copper patinas. Both classes run 6 – 8:30 pm.

Then on Saturday, 1 – 4 pm, February 17, Thea Belecz provides the perfect outlet for your dreams of spring and introduces you to the art of simple bookbinding. Her Garden Journal interleaves gridded and plain paper, making it perfect for storing notes and lists, as well as pasting pictures into one page while plotting and planning on the next page.

All three workshops require pre-registration at http://www.mccallarts.org

Ceramic Monster by Benita Giltzow and Etta Mayfield

Art on the Lake: There is so much going on: Winter Carnival, Valentine’s Day, workshops and art at Gallery 55! For a special treat, drop by the gallery, at 311 E. Lake Street, on Saturday, February 3, from 4-8:00 p.m. We’ll have wine by Bistro 45, appetizers, and music by Mike Rutledge. Our featured artists are ceramicists Benita Giltzow and Etta Mayfield, and the guest artist is photographer Melissa Shelby.

 

Photo by Melissa Shelby

Image provided by Thea Belecz

 

 

Remember good old-fashioned home-made valentines? Gallery 55 artist Thea Belecz will teach you to make your own set of valentines to send to family and friends. Materials will be supplied for each student to make up to 10 (time dependent, of course!) canvas, mail-ready Valentine post cards. Stamps, paint, pictures, fun!

Saturday, Jan. 20 1:00pm-4:00pm

Gallery 55, 311 E. Lake St. $32

Registration is required at http://www.mccallarts.org. It’s this Saturday, so don’t delay.

All supplies are included, but please feel free to bring some of your own unique items if desired (special paper, pictures, lace, etc.).

Thea Belecz is a mixed-media and fiber artist who also loves to make and bind books. She lives in McCall with her husband and dog and loves to take long walks, cook, bake, and grow things. Thea is a long time member of Gallery 55 and her work lives nationwide in many homes and businesses.

By Katharina Roth

Please welcome Katharina Roth, our newest member, to Gallery 55. You saw her work when she was guest artist in December. Her art was so popular, we invited her to join us permanently.

Her work evokes Chinese ceramics but with her own twist. Katharina writes, “In fall of 2016 I spent six weeks in a residency program in Jingdezhen, China’s porcelain capitol for over 2000 years. I loved every minute of my time there – the close interaction with Chinese craft people, the many hours spent in the studio with other artists, and the lessons in some of the techniques that are so unique to Chinese ceramics.”

This immersion changed the way she work. While her previous work mostly used white unglazed porcelain, she now adds many layers to the clay with slips, oxides, glazes, decals, and luster. The work is stunning.

Come see her work at Gallery 55, on the lake, at 311 E. Lake St., McCall.