Surface Appeal: Material Perception

Paula Stebbins Becker | Anna Kristina Goransson

Jeanne Heifetz | Tayo Heuser | Heather Knight 

Marja Lianko | Sharon Portelance

Debra Weisberg | Melita Westerlund

June 29 - July 31, 2016

Artists' Reception: Saturday, July 9, 5-7pm

Dedee Shattuck Gallery is pleased to present  Surface Appeal: Material Perception.  This exhibition will showcase works that invoke the sense of touch through the use or visual depiction of texture or ambiguous material.  Line, shape, and form can direct the imagination through representational or non-specific imagery, while texture often stimulates a sensory memory through one’s reaction to material.  One’s awareness of texture and touch -- and the spatial relationship between a material and one’s own body – becomes part of the overall aesthetic experience.

Paula Stebbins Becker 

Paula Stebbins Becker is an artist and textile designer residing in Tiverton, RI, with her husband and daughter.  She received her BFA in Textile Design/Fibers from UMass Dartmouth and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Paula divides her time between creating artwork in her home studio and designing woven and printed fabrics for the decorative home furnishings textile trade. Her art work has been exhibited in group shows & galleries nationally, including; the Fuller Craft Museum, the Imago Gallery, the Narrows, the Attleboro Museum, the Reading Public Museum, the RISD Museum and the Cranbrook Art Museum. Her work is in the collection of the American craft collector Robert L. Pfannebecker, the Cranbrook Art Museum and Saarinen House. Paula’s textile designs have been manufactured by various American and Chinese mills and have been purchased by decorative jobbers; such as, Kravet, Robert Allen and Duralee, as well as Furniture companies, Century, Henredon and many others. In November 2015, Paula was a visiting artist at the Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan, where she taught a “Memory and Memorabilia” workshop and had a solo exhibition of her work. She has also taught as an adjunct professor in the textile departments at UMass Dartmouth, RISD and Philadelphia University.

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Jeanne Heifetz

Jeanne Heifetz is an artist and curator based in Brooklyn, NY. She has had solo and two-person shows at galleries, art centers, and universities in California, Connecticut, Idaho, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, and Oregon. Her work has also been included in group shows at galleries, universities, and museums across the United States as well as in Italy and Israel. Her drawings have been included in the International Drawing Annual and in the curated registry of The Drawing Center. Heifetz holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard and a graduate degree from NYU. 

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Tayo Heuser

Tayo Heuser was born in Washington D.C., and grew up in Africa and Europe. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI and Masters degree from Vermont College in Montpelier, VT. Currently, she lives and works in Providence, RI and Brooklyn NY. Heuser’s most recent work was included in group shows at the Phillips Collection in Washington DC, the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NYC, the Newport Art Museum in Newport Rhode Island, Cade Tompkins Projects in Providence, Rhode Island, the Chateau de Fernelmont in Fernelmont, Belgium and Cynthia Reeves-New England in Hanover, New Hampshire. Heuser's recent sculpture and drawings were featured in her solo exhibition at Cade Tompkins Projects in 2011 in Providence R.I. In 2009-2010 her sculptural drawings were featured at the Phillips Collection in Washington DC. for a year long solo exhibition. Heuser has also exhibited at the Exhibition Gallery at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI, as well as at the Cynthia Reeves gallery in NYC, the Center for Contemporary Non-objective Art and the H29 gallery in Brussels, Belgium, the Margarete Roeder Gallery in NYC, the Dorsky Gallery in Brooklyn, NY and the Chazan Gallery in Providence, RI.

Previously, her work has been shown throughout the US, including the David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum in Providence, RI; the Elvehejem Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI; Margarete Roeder Gallery and Josee Bienvenue gallery in New York, NY; Bernard Toale gallery in Boston, MA; the University Art Museum, California State University Long Beach, CA and the Weatherspoon Gallery, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC. Heuser's work is also included in numerous public and corporate collections including the Phillips Collection in Washington DC, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, CA, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum in Providence, R. I.,Brown University David Winton Bell Gallery Collection, American Embassy Jeddah Saudi Arabia, the Leeds Foundation in Philadelphia PA,the Werner Kramarsky Collection in New York, NY, the Progressive Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio, the Sanyo Corporation in New York, NY, the Lerner Corporation in Washington D.C., Blue Cross Blue Shield Providence, RI, Duke Energy in North Carolina, Fidelity Investments in Smithfield, RI and Cooley LLP in Washington D.C. amongst many others. 

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Heather Knight

Heather Knight opened Element Clay Studio in Asheville, NC in the summer of 2007 as a way to supplement her income in between teaching sessions at the local museum. Interior Design magazine contacted her late that year, and by May 2008, she resigned from her teaching position to pursue Element Clay Studio full time. Her shop now occupies a large storefront studio in the Asheville River Arts District; an eclectic neighborhood that houses almost 200 artists and craftsmen, and produces work for stores, galleries, designers and consultants all over the world.

Though the business has grown greatly in the last eight years, the backbone of the studio has remained the same. Heather is committed to remaining a craft based business, and all of the porcelain dishes, tiles, vases and decorative objects are 100% handmade and don't use any means of mass production. Adhering to these values allows Element Clay Studio to continue to produce only the finest, heirloom quality work.

As a small, family run company, we pride ourselves in providing you with not only handmade, gallery quality work, but excellent customer service that exceeds your expectations. We hope to bring a little luxury to your life, and provide you with things you will love and cherish for a lifetime.

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Marja Lianko