New artists start summer at Auburn Old Town Gallery

Reception set for July 13
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Auburn Old Town Gallery welcomes five new artists this summer. The gallery invites the public to a reception from 6-9 p.m. Friday, July 13, to meet Bob Waters, woodworker; Jodi Reed, gourd artist; Susan Stoll, photographer; and Kristen Hoard/Jessi Brooks, i.e. “Metalphoria,” metal artists.

Waters loves the entire process of woodworking. The design, wood selection, milling, hand planing and finishing all bring him joy. He uses reclaimed wood as much as possible and lets the natural flaws and character in the wood be incorporated into the piece. Waters studied at the College of the Redwoods (fine woodworking program) in 2010. In 2011, he was awarded first and second place at the Sacramento County Fair.

Reed became intrigued with gourds in 2000 and dedicated herself to classes on exploring every medium possible to use with gourds. She has taken the craft of using gourds to the level of fine art with tools and techniques to create pieces of beauty as well as utilitarian value. Through the past few years, Reed has entered her fine art gourds into several competitions and has won many first-place awards.

Kristen Hoard and Jessi Brooks together make up, "Metalphoria". Hoard and Brooks create metal sculptures from recycled steel and aluminum. The pair uses a variety of tools like a plasma cutter, welder, grinders, band saw, cold saw and drill press to create the sculptures. They use several types of patinas and metal dyes to add color to the pieces.

Hoard’s journey with metal sculpture began in 1999 when a friend suggested that she take metal art classes. Having always loved metal art, she enrolled in her first class at The Crucible in Oakland, and has been hooked ever since. She quickly discovered that using a 40-foot extension cord to work on the patio of her Bay Area condo was not the most ideal metal arts studio setup; she soon migrated 120 miles northeast to Midtown Sacramento, where she could afford a house with a garage for her studio space. Recently inspired by her trips to Burning Man, Hoard has begun to explore sculptures that incorporate fire, flames or neon lighting. She has also completed several large corporate logo sculpture pieces in metal that can be seen in office lobbies around the Bay Area.

Brooks began drawing at a young age, finding colorful imagery that delighted and inspired her. Learning the technical aspects of metal sculpture from Hoard over the past few years, has allowed her to bring some of those drawings to life in three-dimensional form. She has been surrounded by mechanics all her life and has been interested in the fabrications aspects of how things work. She has taken this interest and applied it to the design and construction of metal sculptures. Being drawn to imagery that tends to make people “feel good” Brooks brings a more whimsical and lighter aspect to the art.

Stoll is attracted to the close-up observation of nature. She is inspired to seek out hidden qualities that otherwise might be overlooked by passersby. Her macro, digital photography showcases botanical images from her explorations. Stoll hopes viewers will be drawn to the beauty not only captured in her images, but also to the beauty that is all around them.

Stoll was first introduced to photography as a young child. She was permitted to use her father’s old box camera to take pictures of her baby sister. She recalls the excitement she felt when she saw the pictures she took. Photography for Stoll is a passion, a way of seeing the world’s beauty.

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