Tomé Art Gallery artists presenting first Reflections Show

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“My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.” ~ John Lennon

The word “reflection” can mean something to one person and something totally different to another. And when you get a bunch of artists in one room, the possibilities are endless.

Clara Garcia-News-Bulletin photo: Joan Prokopiak will also show framed mirrors and some of her more intricate raku-style pottery, which she described as having a unique method of firing with glaze from metal and copper.

What began as an idea for an art show that would primarily focus on mirrors, members of the Tomé Art Gallery ran with the concept and created the first Reflections Show, which will run from May 17 to June 16.

Pati Woodard, one of the artists at the gallery, said because many of the local artists use mirrors regularly in their artwork, they thought it was a unique concept.

“We expanded on the theory to ideas of looking back, looking forward, looking at yourself,” she said. “Then we thought about things like journaling, handwritten letters and things like that.”

While the main concept is mirrors, Woodard said other art forms, such as fountains, will be displayed because of their calming, meditative and reflective nature.

For Woodard, being reflective in her artwork gave her inspiration to look back on her life and the lives of her family. One of the more creative art pieces she made for the show is a bracelet from old wristwatches she’s collected.

“It’s reflective of time passing, time going by,” she said.

One watch on the bracelet was a high school graduation gift from her first husband, another belonged to her grandmother, Mangas, and another was the first watch she owned.

She also will have charm bracelets with charms that reflect special moments or memories in a person’s life. A necklace she will display is made from her signature bottle-cap design with old photos of her mother, Sis, when she was younger.

“I like to wear it because when she was alive, she loved to go places with us,” Woodard said. “I just feel closer to her when I have it on.”

For Joan Prokopiak, another local artist, the Reflection Show is an exhibit where she can show off her talent as well as her fondness for all things that glitter.

“I’m going to have as many sparkly things as possible,” Prokopiak said. “I made a mirror out of an old wooden picture frame. When I looked at it, I thought I could put hooks on it so someone can hang their jewelry on it.”

While it only took her an hour or so to create the mirror, she’s still not finished with her portion of the exhibit. Prokopiak also will show some of her more intricate Raku-style pottery, which she described as her own method of firing with glaze from metal and copper.

“I fire them and reduce the oxygen out, which brings the copper and metallic out of the glaze,” she said.

Chris Lunsford, who has shown his artwork at the Tome Art Gallery since the mid- to late-’90s, is known for his large pieces of pottery, such as plates and bowls. While his talents are vast, he will have smaller pieces in the Reflections Show as well.

Along with glazed mirrors, Lunsford will show three water fountains.

“I had these big bowls at a gallery in Old Town, and they weren’t really selling,” Lunsford said. “So the lady who ran that gallery had all of these expensive, hand-made, big fountains and suggested that I turn (the bowls) into fountains. That’s what got me started. I probably have 14 at home.”

With small water pumps placed strategically inside a platform beneath a center plate in each fountain, Lunsford said people can adjust the pump to make the water run fast or slow, creating a different sound in the fountain.

Woodard said there will be between eight to 10 artists participating in the new Reflections Show, which also will feature paintings, photography and greeting cards.

There will be a meet-the-artist reception from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, May 19, at the gallery.


-- Email the author at cgarcia@news-bulletin.com.