Thursday, January 8, 2009
Natural Tendencies, Rick Maxwell and Lisa Ehrich
The Visual Art League of Lewisville is pleased to present “Natural Tendencies” the work of Rick Maxwell and Lisa Ehrich. Both artists work with natural materials that are influenced by nature. Opening reception is scheduled for Saturday, January 24th at 7pm. Exhibition will run through Saturday, February 28th. Maxwell earned his B.A. at the University of Dallas and his M.F.A. at Southern Methodist University. He currently lives in Dallas and is a professor at Brookhaven College where he teaches sculpture, three-dimensional design and drawing. It was the human figure that sparked Maxwell’s interest in his formative years. It is the simplicity of natural form that he has grown to deeply understand. Looking, touching, materials and form are all inseparable in his sculpture. Movement, change and light are the lifeblood of nature and are some of the energies that he attempts to trap in his work. Ehrich earned her B.F.A. at the University of Texas and her M.F.A at the University of North Texas. She currently lives in Dallas and is a department chairperson and professor at Brookhaven College. Ehrich’s makes clay objects that are influenced by nature. Embedded in the layers of intention and accident are the ideas that inspire Ehrich’s work: the sensuality of form, implied volume, human touch to a natural object, symbols of fragility, healing, and regeneration. Maxwell’s work has been featured in exhibitions at Brookhaven College, Mountainview College, Barry Whistler Gallery in Dallas, Rubin/Mardin Gallery in Seattle, Washington. His work is included in numerous public and private collections such as the Los Angeles County Museum, California, Dallas Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Atlantic Richfield Company, and Southwestern Bell. Ehrich’s work has been featured in exhibitions at venues such as the Galveston Community College, McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) in Dallas, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Irving Art Center, East Oklahoma University, and San Angelo Museum of Art. Her teaching experience field courses include Vermont Carving and Sculpture Studio in Rutland, Vermont. New Mexico Field Course in Sante Fe, the British Field Course in London and the Italian Field Course in Rome.