Wednesday, August 16, 2017  

Objects Art and More Celebrates One Year Anniversary


The little town of Irvington added another interesting landmark called Objects. Located on Irvington Road right across the street from the post office, the gallery is housed in what was once a gas station from the 1950’s. The old dilapidated building was transformed more than a year ago into this sophisticated art gallery.

Poised in front of the gallery is a bike rack sans sculpture created for the gallery by sculpture artist Clayton Swartz. The sculptural bike rack, conceived on a paper napkin and commissioned by owner Terri Wesselman, was installed in front of the gallery in late May to commemorate the gallery’s one year anniversary. Sculpture artist Clayton Swartz specializes in modern metallic sculptures and his work can be can be seen in public art exhibits around the country, and can also be purchased at the gallery.

When you step into Objects, you are immediately transported into a cutting edge gallery showcasing dazzling original artworks from renowned artists around the nation. Paintings, sculpture, art glass, wood, pottery, jewelry, furniture, and home décor are all handmade by selected artisans. Looking for that special wedding or hostess gift? Objects has both well priced gift items, art and more.

Sculpture artists include David Campbell, who specializes in carved calcite and metal sculpture, and whimsical artist Kimberly Wilcox who creates 3-dimensional objects from transformed materials.

Pottery art is another specialty that can be found at Objects. From fine porcelain to clay stoneware, Objects offers a wide range of artists from throughout the country. Debra Steidel’s fine porcelain work exhibits a uniquely unorthodox approach to porcelain, free from conventional monotony. Debra Steidel has won many juried awards with her work and currently works from her studio in Texas.

Other pottery includes artist Kerry Brooks from Minneapolis, who works primarily in wheel-thrown, high-fired stoneware. Her pots are fired to about 2400 degrees in a natural gas kiln so pieces without fused glass can be used in the oven, microwave, and dishwasher.

Objects also carries a wide range of artwork from one-of-a-kind originals to a wide variety of digital giclee canvas prints. Renowned artist Jihong Shi received his art degree at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China. Jihong Shi uses the pallet knife and brush in his scenery and still life oil paintings, providing the viewer with everlasting appreciation. Jihong Shi has shown his art all over the world -- and now at Objects gallery in Irvington.

Following ten years in the television industry, artist Don Plumridge founded and was CEO of his own advertising agency and graphic design studio in metro Washington, DC. Now retired in Florida, he creates canvases of surprising varied images. Although the subjects may favor boats, Don varies the technique, coloring and brush-work to create a captivating pictorial impact.

Objects gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10-5 and is online at www.objectsartandmore.com.