“Faces and Figures” July 15 – August 14

In the Mezzanine Gallery: clay works by Saveria Judge and paintings by Maryhelen Ewing
July 15 – August 14
4th Friday Art Walk Reception
July 27th 5:00 – 6:00 PM

Maryhelen Ewing: I grew up in Oklahoma and loved to draw, read books, and play music, first on the piano and then the violin.  After high school, I went to the Juilliard School in New York City to study violin and stayed in the Big Apple to pursue my music career as a violist until 2000, performing in many groups including the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

The last couple of years I was in New York I took drawing, anatomy, and pastel classes at the Art Student’s League.  After retiring from the music business, I relocated to Prescott, AZ and began taking art courses at Yavapai College and started oil painting two years later, studying first with Steve Mason and then with re-knowned artist Paul Abbott.  My art has been included in exhibitions at the Mountain Artist Guild Spotlight Room, Prescott Center for the Arts, ’Tis Gallery, Sunday at Schemer in Scottsdale, fine art shows at the Prescott Courthouse Square, and a solo exhibition of 23 paintings at the Raven Restaurant, Prescott.  In these venues my work has been awarded Honorable Mention, First Place, People’s Choice and Best of Show.  As an Emerging Artist at the Sedona Center for the Arts I won a First Place and Third Place.

I have been represented by the Grayleaf Galleria Prescott, the Natural Accents Gallery of Prescott and the Natural Accents sister Gallery of Taos, and the Bearstrap Trading Company of Camp Verde.  Guest shows include ’Tis Gallery, Prescott and the Prescott Artist Co-op for my “Feminine Appeal” Exhibition.  I have been juried into and had my own booth at Sundays at Schemer Scottsdale, the Best Fest Arizona Centennial, and the Phippen Western Art Show and Sale 2015.  Also in 2015 I was honored to have representation and an exhibition of my work at the Agora Gallery in New York City.

I like to paint and draw from life whether it is a still life, a landscape, a portrait, or the human figure.  My paintings sometimes have a lot of paint on them!  For me, part of the meaning and joy in painting is the paint itself!

Saveria Judge: After 30 years, I was returning to my home village, Itri, Italy with my new found passion for all things made of clay and fire. “Self Portrait as a Greek Urn” was the first piece that came from that experience. The history of art, people and places that I experienced through stories, museums and film, I now experienced in situ as I continued, periodically traveling the Mediterranean Sea, its museums and sacred srongholds.

This exhibit contains pieces, constructed during the last 8 years, that are pivotal to my thinking, techniques and sensations as vague inclinations and formalized study in art, changed with the  knowledge of its origins, purpose and aesthetic. These portrait busts, self portraits, full figures, and the smaller maguettes,  ocarinas and tiles are modern portrayals of classic figurative genres.

I looked and touched the weathered, unadorned white surfaces of antiquity, and found I had a preference for the breathtaking sensation of watching the light pass slowly, noiselessly over the forms. With the light  pulling its  shadow across the boney, pourous surface  from morning to night and season to season. I wanted to use light, rather that the pigment or minerals of painted and glazed surfaces as a way to reveal form.

Saveria Judge was born in Itri, Italy, raised in RI and studied studio arts, art history and teaching at Swain School of Design, BFA, New Bedford, Mass,  Brooklyn College Graduate Program, NYC,  U Mass, Dartmouth and Yavapai College, Prescott, AZ. A long time resident of Paulden, AZ, Saveria exhibits her art, Sculptural Ceramics, Printmaking and Oil Painting, county and state wide. Active in the art community, she is known locally as an Artist, Curator, Judge and Teacher, and is currently employed at Yavapai College as a Gallery Interpreter, Model Coordinator and Studio Tech.