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Artist Reception for Carolann Chambliss

October 7 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The public is cordially invited to an artist reception for Carolann Chambliss on Thursday, October 7 from 5-7pm at the Rhyolite Gallery, 505 2nd St. in downtown Castle Rock. There will be adult beverages and snacks, and you’ll have the opportunity to meet the very talented Carolann and see her incredible gourd art!

Carolann is no stranger to the Rhyolite, and her gourds have graced the gallery almost since the beginning early last year. But this month’s exhibit is taking us on a new journey — masks. Her masks are a collection of whimsical, thoughtful, spiritual and sometimes just-for-fun personalities. Her process starts with a gourd piece, and ends with a very personal connection to the character created. Each mask is an original, and created with an assortment of textures, mediums, and found/purchased/gifted materials. Her hope is that others find their own connections with them.

You’ve truly got to see Carolann’s gourds in person to fully appreciate their beauty. Each gourd is grown by the artist, cured and cleaned, and painstakingly carved and painted by hand. It’s often a year-long process of cultivating, curing, and cleaning a gourd before she matches its shape and natural patterns with a chosen design. Her choice of patterns often comes from a deep respect and appreciation for other cultures, countries, and art forms. She is inspired by African mud-cloth patterns, Peruvian story gourds, Native American patterns and botanicals. She loves to use the current Zentangle method, and appreciates the joy of “freestyle” that the craze allows. After burning patterns into the gourd, she paints them with translucent ink dyes or more opaque acrylics. She often carves elements and uses products such as Inlace to enhance her designs. The finishing touches are an eclectic mix of found objects and what nature provides — pine needles, antlers, pine cones, pods, etc.


October 7
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Rhyolite Gallery
505 2nd St
Castle Rock, Colorado 80104 United States