bearly there


Form and Content Gallery presents: bearly there, paintings and drawings by Marty Nash and Cheryl Wilgren Clyne. The exhibition includes works which explore various directions taken when an artist chooses a single mantra as their beginning point—in this case: bears.  The bear image has permeated the work of Cheryl Wilgren Clyne and Marty Nash, in one form or another, over many years.  Colleagues at St. Paul Academy and Summit School, this will be their first exhibition together.

Marty Nash Statement

Bear-like semblances continue to inspire my work. I strive to give them a singular presence that has an inherent strength, capacity for light, floating or paradoxically contrasting stasis—while also suggesting an underlying vulnerability. Although working with seemingly different styles, I start at a center of an impulse, and then use very specific parameters to see what happens as things change. There is always a play of light with dark; a duality that is both metaphorical and literal, either within each piece or active between works. It is through this shifting, movement and transition, that I am able to uncover an essence which feels true.

Cheryl Wilgren Clyne Statement

Cheryl Wilgren Clyne is a multimedia artist whose work embraces her love of nature and the importance of the relationship between nature and humans. The bear is frequently featured in her drawings in part because of the close proximity she had to them as a child. She is also inspired by precipitation patterns and has a fondness for capturing the sky using video, photography and drawing. The art she creates is often filled with ideas surrounding the environment, ecology, and natural science.

August 17– September 23, 2017
Opening Reception
Saturday, September 9, 2017
6:00 – 9:00 pm