Imagine That… Gallery Hosts Opening for Jeremy Randall

Imagine That… Gallery Hosts Opening for Jeremy Randall

Imagine That…, the fine arts and fine craft gallery at 38 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles, will host an opening reception Nov. 6 for ceramic artist Jeremy Randall, recognized by Ceramics Monthly as an Emerging Artist for 2009. The wine-and-cheese reception, from 6 to 9 p.m., will feature entertainment by The Usual Suspects, an old-time string band.

Randall, of Tully, is co-owner of the gallery, which opened this past summer. He also is a visiting professor of art and studio manager at Cazenovia College and an adjunct instructor of ceramics at Syracuse University.

Randall’s work has been featured in some 40 exhibitions and is held in the collections of Southern Illinois University and the Myerhoff Collection in Baltimore. This year alone, he has shown at the Meredith Gallery in Baltimore, Baltimore Clayworks, Limestone Art Gallery in Fayetteville, the Art House Gallery in Atlanta, the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., and the Cazenovia College Art Gallery.

“Familiarity evokes memory, and I look to this association to present nostalgia through form,” says Randall, in explaining the philosophy behind his work. “My reference to rural American architecture and antique rural implements places the viewer in a familiar setting, which is layered with time, function and history, while color creates celebration in these iconic objects.

“The vessel forms tie these objects back to the domestic space, enriching one’s living environment while allowing for quiet contemplation and a reminder of a simpler time. The colors used refer to milk-painted surfaces, layered and stained by generations of use, and steel tacks are placed in the clay surface to give a direct connection to ideas of construction and joinery. The tray/containers relate to buckets, tool caddies, tool boxes, connecting the ritual back to the everyday, creating a connection to the importance of our most simple actions,” he says.

“I believe we need to reconnect to what is around us—people, objects and community. My work is meant to be the catalyst for those connections.”

The exhibit runs through Nov. 30.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call Imagine That… at 685-6264.