Brett Wallerstein’s “Fractals in Nature” exhibit showcases whimsical, sculptural forms inspired by tiny organic objects that contain beautiful fractals when examined close up. Fractals are complex patterns formed in nature that increase in complexity when magnified. This body of work aims to take familiar organic objects and transform them into playful explorations of forms and innovative, thought provoking creations. Wallerstein is completing his master’s degree in ceramic arts at Hood College. He has served as an art educator in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, for more than 25 years.
Stephanie Gage Ellis’ “Milestones” show will display ceramic sculptures of simple forms complicated by intense surfaces. She hand-builds personal monuments that range from small, handheld sculptures to large, floor-size sculptures. Just as all monuments begin to weather the moment they are put on display, the surfaces of her forms are distressed by the wearing of layers of slips, underglazes, terra sigillata and heavy texture. Ellis is a master’s degree candidate at Hood College. She has been a high school art instructor for almost 30 years.
The reception for this exhibit is scheduled for June 9 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Hodson Gallery.