Past Exhibition

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April 5- May 25 2024
Horse Songs consists of sculptural horse masks and works on paper. I screen-print and paint on a variety of materials such as Naugahyde, felt and paper. The images I use are abstract representations of what’s above, on and below the land. While painting, drawing and printing, I am thinking about how we contribute to society and the challenges we face currently and in our future. I consider the importance of place, being grounded with oneself and our quest to discover more about who we are as a people. I’m looking at the stars as the future, present and the past. - John Hitchcock
April 5- May 25 2024
This current series of portraits are rooted in Ho-Chunk identity.  I am extending the boundaries of photography by incorporating bead-work directly onto the photograph. The use of Ho-Chunk floral and geometric designs is a metaphor for the spirits of our ancestors who are constantly looking over us. 
April 5- May 25 2024
My fine art practice is informed by a concern for the environment, displacement, exile and the return home. I seek the unbroken relationship between modern culture and ancient lands where tradition and story are used to find meaning from dislocation and separation. I work with vulnerable landscapes and waterways which support birds, plants and animals. The migratory bird imagery in this series of artworks is drawn from zoological specimens including the Anhinga, Barred Owl and Trumpeter Swan which are accompanied by various botanical specimens, moths and snakes.  -Emily Arthur
February 2 – March 23, 2024
Sun Smith-Foret, often associated with massive sculptures, socio-political quilts, and intricate knotted sculpture nests, has taken a turn towards painting. This February we are set to showcase her new paintings. Smith-Foret describes them as- "The paintings are semi-abstract, featuring nature-derived content inspired by my current location immediately adjacent to the Mississippi River in rural Illinois. Still life observation provides another opportunity to delve into strategies of geometry, spatial and value interactions, and altered perspectives on 2D surfaces.
February 2 – March 23, 2024
Andy Ryan’s abstract watercolors contain both absurdist humor and references to mysticism and spirituality. In his paintings, surreal landscapes, ghostly figures, and botanical forms emerge from overlapping shapes and gradient color-fields. His work draws from a variety of influences, from modernism to folk art, comics, craft and design. Ryan’s undulating forms are built with colorful layers of paint, each varying in density, creating movement and visual symmetry within each piece.
February 2 – March 23 2024
Ky Anderson’s paintings and works on paper are light filled, abstract color harmonies. Compositions echo architecture, sculpture and the figure and read as poetry not prose. Sanguine has many translations and meanings, from optimistic to blood thirsty. In art, Sanguine is a color, a reddish-brown often referred to as the color of dried blood. My introduction to it was through a large bottle of ink I picked up many years ago in France. As the color worked its way into my paintings, I found it to be a versatile but specific mix of pigments. When mixed with white it leans towards orange, as opposed to a traditional red which will turn pink. Sanguine vibrates with the colors around it, saturating them with an optical spark. - Ky Anderson, 2024
February 2 – March 23 2024
POLYCHROME RIFT is a solo exhibition featuring artist Barry Anderson. These newest works are an off shoot of his ongoing series Fragments of Space. Anderson uses 3D rendering and animation to create pictorial images of "fabricated, non-utilitarian architectural space that exist in a balance of openness and claustrophobia". Please join us for the opening February 2, 6-8 pm here at SLCA gallery.
November 3 – December 23
Annie Herrero's FIRST solo exhibition of paintings will go on display here at SLCA on Friday, November 3, 6-8 pm. Her work will be on display through December 23rd. We also invite you to visit us during normal business hours Tuesday -Saturday 11- 5 pm. You can also view Herrero's work by clicking her profile link below to visit her artists page.
November 3 – December 23
Jane Booth's solo exhibtion of paintings open Friday, November 3, 6-8 pm. Her work will be on display here at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art through December 23rd. We also invite you to visit us during normal business hours Tuesday -Saturday 11- 5 pm. You can also view Booth's work by clicking her profile link below to visit her artists page.
September 1st – October 21st
 This exhibition is a sample of ongoing discoveries within two separate themes.   Thinking back on almost a half century of image-making there is diversity in what interests my heart and eye. The word beauty has been a central theme from the beginning.  It may be an out-of-date word, but I will stick with it.  Beauty elevates the soul and describes the inner state of being in a place of wonder. -Michael Schultz
September 1st – October 21st
John Ferry’s recent paintings continue his lifelong inspiration and love of architecture and the built environment. The cities, that he has explored, from Detroit to Rome, are the catalyst for Ferry’s painted investigations of color, light, texture and space. Forgotten or overlooked urban spaces, such as alleyways or fire escapes, are shown in exaggerated vertical formats that express the very character of what is being depicted.