The Butternut Gallery & Second Story Books welcomes three artists whose temperament and sensitivity to material and outcome embody the exhibit title-SENSITIVE NATURE. These artists include Jamin Uticone, who creates ash baskets in the traditional way; Rachael Ely VanTassel, whose Conte crayon drawings tells stories; and Charles Welles, who creates both figurative and abstract forms in marble. The exhibit runs from April 13 through May 4, Thursday through Saturday 11-5.
Charles Welles sculpts exquisite forms in marble. He has been carving figurative, abstract and conceptual work for more than twenty years, at his local studio and at various art institutions around the nation, including the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in West Rutland, VT, and the Marble/marble workshops in Marble, CO.
Jamin Uticone is a native of the Finger Lakes. He makes heirloom-quality baskets of hand-pounded black or white ash, using time-honored tools and methods. He specializes in backpacks and leather-strapped carriers, and traditional harvest and table baskets.
Rachael Ely VanTassel uses Conte crayon and an observant heart to create beautiful drawings that tell a story-about a person, a place or a feeling. She returned to Montrose after obtaining a Masters degree in art therapy, and began the Community Series of drawings, which derive from interviews with individuals and seek to depict their life and create a fellowship between that person and the viewer.