Welcome: New Gallery Artists
Group Exhibition | Main Floor Gallery
Exhibit Info & Statement
May 30-August 5, 2023
Welcome: New Gallery Artists
This exhibition welcomes new gallery artists to the roster at Gilded Pear Gallery! The show is not based on a theme but the best representation of an artist’s body of work and style. Artworks on display include paintings, printmaking, collage, pastel, and ceramics. The Gallery focuses on the talents of artists working in the Midwest and, of the seven, five are eastern Iowans. The exhibiting artists selected bring fresh subject matter to the gallery, such as: larger-than-life-size florals, detailed symbolic imagery, clever color and pattern relationships, and delicious still-life moments. Join the gallery in welcoming: Wendy Eggerman, Nichole Gronvold Roller, Emily Jalinsky, Julia Kulish, Buffy Quegg, Justin Vasey, and Amanda Wilharm.
About the ArtistS
Originally from Minnesota, Wendy Eggerman first fell in love with pottery while attending Warren Wilson College for a B.A. in American History in the mountains of North Carolina. Since then, her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and she has been an active ceramic artist in a variety of studios. She has been a visiting artist at The American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) in California as well as Ronda Arte Academy in Spain. Eggerman’s work is primarily influenced by her love of antiques, especially hobnail glass. Tactility and functionality guide her practical, elegant aesthetic. Eggerman’s pots are brushed with a terra sigillata finish on the exterior and seasoned with coconut oil. Over time they will acquire a patina and grow more beautiful, visually developing with use, as an heirloom might collect stories through generations.
My inspiration is found in the kitchen and enhanced by my love of antiques. Hobnail glass and lace are my greatest influences. I love the tactile quality of the dots and how they fit on the pots. While making pottery, I imagine how it would fit in a 1930s farmhouse. Soft, dusty colors, with simple, sturdy forms. Pottery that is decorated and beautiful, but always practical. Many homes during the 1930s did not have much, but often still took pride in a lace tablecloth, and a few nice pieces of china or glass. I believe that people don't need much to be content, but do need to surround themselves with quality, meaningful, objects. One thing I particularly enjoy about antiques is how they subtly record the past. Objects record their story with every stain, scratch, rust, tarnish, and carry that with them. On my pieces the thin surface of terra sigillata allows bits of texture to show through and become the start of the pot’s story. Over time the terra sigillata surface will patina and as the piece gets used, will continue to record that use. Overall, I work to create functional pottery with a depth that will be revealed over time and use.
Nichole Gronvold-Roller is a painter who received a BFA in Art Education from Minnesota State University of Moorhead, an MA in Art Education from Boston University, and an MFA in Painting from Bradley University. Gronvold-Roller will receive an MFA in Painting from Bradley University in Spring 2023. In addition to being an artist, Nichole is a full-time high school art teacher in Tremont, IL, where she has been teaching for the past twenty-five years. Furthermore, she is a contributor writer for the Inland Art column with Community Word. Nichole lives in Illinois with her husband and three children. A selection of publications featuring Gronvold-Roller’s paintings includes; Dubuque Museum of Art (Dubuque, IA), Artforum (New York, NY), Wall Street International (Budya, Montenegro), Peoria Journal Star, (Peoria, IL), GRAFIX® (Maple Heights, OH), Inside Publications (Sacramento, CA), and Kolaj Magazine.
My geometric shaped paintings embrace contemporary art practices of relevant pluralism. My artwork is an intersection of fine art, architecture, and design, referencing underlying themes in art history, mixing and merging concepts. Admiring past practices of 20th-century geometric abstraction, I recognize and challenge the movement for its reductive strains and return to the initial discourse that led to the investigation. My paintings include symbolic colors and the illusion of space that otherwise would be excluded from the movement. The edges of my artwork define a rotation of deep and shallow areas, navigated by an atmospheric apparition creating the impression of space. Incorporating ornate motifs and flat planes of color, I invite the viewer to pause—to linger, accompanying the rhythm of my daily happenings.
Emily Jalinsky is an interdisciplinary printmaking artist. Through her works on paper and assemblages she explores finding mindfulness amongst hardship and chaotic states of the mind. Emily has exhibited regionally and internationally, including solo exhibitions at La Maison du Potier, La Celle les Bordes, France, CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids, IA, and the Stanley Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA. Permanent Collections include the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics and UI Mood Disorder Clinic specialized treatment center for depression. Emily was selected for the Iowa Arts Council Strategic Planning Partners Series and conducted a remote artist residency through Artist/Mother Co. during the pandemic. She is an educator and founding member of the Iowa City Press Co-op at Public Space One, Iowa City, IA. She received a BFA in printmaking from the University of Kansas in 2012 and now resides, works, and actively contributes to the art community in and around Iowa City, IA.
Emily’s recent work explores finding spark and vigor in one’s experience to counterbalance life’s hardships. The work pays homage to the Dadaist’s playful energy with materials and composition, while working from a feminine perspective. A selection of symbols originally chosen by happenstance via a letterpress proof are woven within the artist’s personal imagery to celebrate philosophical ideas embracing nothingness and absurdity. Found and printed books, along with a continued use of gold, reference creating one’s own sacred texts for contemplation. Achieving mindfulness amongst the chaos; balance within the dissonance.
As a full-time artist and instructor of 12 years, Kulish brings flowers to life in a big way as a semi self-taught artist. Both of her parents were artists, and she states, this is where she “inherited a desire to know more.” Over time she has been included in several regional exhibitions including a solo show in the Des Moines Botanical Garden. Using oil paint, applied in a layered glazing technique, Kulish’s oversized blooms burst with color, revealing the unique personality of each flower. And while vibrant color is a large part of her work, equally so is the use of sinuous lines to create movement, along with the idea of the “beautiful chaos” found in nature. Her inspiration comes largely from her own expanding flower gardens, and the influence of both the floral still-life’s of the Dutch masters, and the light effects found in the works of Caravaggio.
Flowers fascinate me. They demand our attention, with their brilliant colors and voluptuous curves. I see flowers personified, each with their own unique personality. A lot of my inspiration comes from my own garden, as many flowers, sharing the same space, some bent over, some stretching out. They entwine themselves around each other in a chaotic beauty of sinuous lines and color.
- I grew up in Waterloo in a household that was curious about, appreciative, and supportive of the arts. I loved climbing the well-worn wood creaky stairs of the old school that was then the rec center used for Saturday morning art classes. As a child I thoroughly enjoyed working with art materials. Today, inspiration still comes from the world around me and personal experiences. Boulders on the shoreline, animal tracks in snow, cracks in sidewalks, shadows on walls, worm tracks on the driveway—all gifts from nature. Current paintings begin with a shape, sometimes floating, sometimes grounded, suggesting organic or architectural forms in space. Responding to the initial shape and color I add more deliberate forms. Each addition is followed by sustained contemplation, a critical observation of shapes and forms in spatial relationship to each other. My recent works are with a reduced palette, more considered, slower, though still instinctive. They do not reference the external world literally but rely on creative self-sufficiency in changing and evolving until the painting satisfies my eye and mind.
- I'm an artist and right now focusing a lot of energy on on abstract and expressionistic paintings. I'm also having a lot of fun making lino cut prints! My artwork often features bright, bold, rich colors, layered upon each other to create dimension and texture. In fact, I don't clear-coat my pieces because I really like the look and feel of that raw texture (but will do so upon request). I start each piece with an idea and intention but build enough elements into the painting to allow any viewer to observe their own interpretation.
I reside in the Midwest with my wife and son. I have a boatload of other interests such as music, cars, and tattoos but art is where I find my stride.
I've been an Art-O-Mat artist since 2012 and I love being a part of that community. My art has been shown at SECCA (Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art), I've painted murals in local shops, and I serve on my local city Arts Festival Board. One of my favorite things to do on a road trip or a vacation is to visit local art museums/institutes/galleries and find the nearest Art-O-Mat vending machine to check out other artists!
Amanda grew up on the banks of the Mississippi River in Bellevue, Iowa where she discovered her love of art. She continued her education at Iowa State University where she got a BA in Apparel Design and Art & Design. After living and exhibiting on the west coast for several years, Amanda has settled back in Iowa with her family. She has shown in several group and solo exhibitions regionally and has taken a short break recently to raise her two children. Amanda is currently working from her home studio to create her newest body of work that explores the joy of shared moments with loved ones.
If there is one thing I’ve found to be true about motherhood, it’s that you no longer have time, but you do have moments. They’re lovely, comforting, and joyous. These moments ground me and remind me of what’s important. Delicious food and special drinks are often the catalyst to these instances; they help us live in the present. It’s hard to worry about a deadline when you’re eating cake or think about the laundry when you're sipping champagne. I use these in my composition to create scenes that invite the viewer to relax and soak it all in. These scenes are painted in a way to convey the peace, comfort, laughter, and contentment that we feel when time stops and moments start.