Black and White
PRINTS by MARY DRYBURGH/PORCELAIN by RUTH ALLAN is an exhibition by two eastern Washington artists and educators. Ms. Dryburgh and Ms. Allan have known each other for 20 years and this show is a reflection of their long involvement in producing art in their respective media. Their shared themes and characteristics result in a diverse but unified collection.
For this exhibit, Ms. Dryburgh chose to draw pieces from 30 years of art making in the field of woodcut and intaglio. This collection of her work all basically in black and white has a strong narrative base conveying stories about men, dogs, horses and houses and the beautiful curved earth. Dryburgh says, “In my opinion, art is always about communication.”
Ms. Allan’s ceramics provides a complement to the Dryburgh’ s prints with her selection of black and white porcelain vessels. Allan’s work also spans over 30 years where she has specialized in saggar firings and Raku firings. Allan’s ceramics evoke not an intentional narrative but a sense of mysticism. Allan adds, “I do like to inspire the viewer” adding, “I find black and white nuanced in a way color can sometimes lack or obscure.”
Though these two highly accomplished artists create separately, their work has a surprising unity. Join Mary Dryburgh and Ruth Allan at a reception opening their exhibit on Friday, March 3, 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Gallery.