April 19, 2014
3:35 pm

Chartreuse Welcomes Four New Artists

Fans of woodworking and glass art will have a quartet of new artisans in their midst with the arrival early next month of new talent in the house at Chartreuse.  That's the innovative, and ever-growing, art cooperative in the heart of the central business district in downtown St. Joseph.  

The co-op, located at 304 State Street, welcomes Woodworker Larry Erdman and Glass Artists Cindy Fielding, Carolyn O'Hearn and Lynne Clayton by way of a public Open House on Friday, November 1st from 6pm until 9pm.  At Chartreuse, the concept is that each artist is a part "owner" of the operation, and everyone shares equally in the maintenance and operation of the collaborative business.  Beverages and appetizers will be shared with visitors to the Open House.

Larry Erdman has a love of wood, from the feel of it to the smell of the sawdust.  Over the years he has been involved in refinishing furniture, repairing antiques and making gifts of wood for family and friends.  Today, Larry crafts custom cutting boards, rolling pins, bottle stoppers and a variety of other wooden items.  Each is handcrafted using regional reclaimed hardwoods.  No lumber is harvested exclusively for Larry's craft...he reclaims his wood following storms or the clearing of farm lands and the like.

Cindy Fielding began working in kiln-formed glass about five years ago, and feels as if she has found the medium that will continue to challenge her for a long time.  Many of her works are inspired by nature.  Trees and botanicals are subjects that many people relate to, and Cindy tries to incorporate these images into her glass pieces.  She likes making artwork that everyday people understand, enjoy and want to take home.  She likes to create works that are calming and soothing to the soul, creating a feeling of peace and beauty.

Forming glass art in the kiln allows Caroly O'Hearn the precision in planning and control of the design.  At the moment, Carolyn's work is focused on exploiting the transparency of glass to create multiple layers in text and imagery, resulting in a finished project with physical depth and the design elements "floating" in the volume of glass.  She finds herself intrigued by the apparent fragility of the amazingly durable material.  The ability to both transmit and reflect light provides endless potential for functional and decorative exploration of her work.

Last year, when Lynne Clayton turned 50, she decided to give herself permission to make glassblowing her present.  She became immediately enchanted, loving the magic of glass-making.  She is grateful to Jerry & Kathy Catania for bringing to life the creative space that is Water Street Glassworks.  She has studied with several other instructors, including Shannon Eakins.  Her Terrarium Class was one of Lynne's favorites, as she discovered how the clear glass illuminates the plants, creating a winning combination of earth, flora and glass.  Lynne feels fortunate to have uncovered for herself another artistic medium as compelling as glass.  From her seasonal pumpkins to her timeless terrariums, the possibilities for creative expression are boundless. 
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