Now that Kuivato is showing art from the AMusinGlass studio, it seemed appropriate to share the recent renovation and a sneak peek at the upcoming First Friday event Capturing the Flow.
Kuivato, a Creative Gateways Gallery, is a founding storefront in Tlaquepaque in Sedona. Kuivato is a sister gallery to artist collective and public gallery space, Creative Gateways in West Sedona. Now that renovations are complete, Kuivato welcomes a new appearance and new artists for its grand re-opening. High quality art deserves to live in a beautiful, modern space, and Kuivato is now a home fit for masterpieces. The renovation includes new floors, display cases and pedestals, lighting, freshly painted walls, and a general reorganization of the store’s layout.
Angela Palmer, the gallery director, explains, “one of the things we wanted to accomplish was a strong but concise visual aesthetic. For the store, that meant continuity and flow between things like the floors, baseboards, wall colors, and so on. For the art, that meant making sure that it didn’t feel visually cluttered and overwhelming.
Everything we have at Kuivato is beautiful, but if there are too many different pieces in one area, it can feel like a sensory overload. We love everything we have here, and don’t want anything to get lost amid other pieces!” The soft grey paint will work to gently frame the art, and modern display cases will harness the feel of their unique fine jewelry. Updated flooring and a modern color scheme will add to the pristine feel that Angela is working towards.
This renewal became especially important as Kuivato took on new mediums, moving away from being a glass-only shop. The gallery still displays a majority of glass but includes the mediums of the artists who have studios at sister gallery Creative Gateways Open Studios & Gallery. Currently, this means that ceramic sculptures, mixed media paintings, illustrations, watercolors, and bronze are all represented at Kuivato. Additionally, the jewelry at Kuivato has been rethought to carry mostly artists from Sedona and the Verde Valley as well as throughout Arizona.
This focus on Sedona is part of owner Pilisa Rainbow Lady’s and Angela’s long-term goals for Kuivato. An interaction with the local community will involve not only business support, but engagement with the artists themselves. “We represent extremely talented and renowned artists from around the world and are looking to invite many of them to be our guests for 1st Fridays. So start looking for lectures, demonstrations, and special guests in 2019.”
“Flow with whatever may happen and let your mind be free. Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.” – Zhuangzi
The action of flowing can be seen constantly in nature: rivers flow as they carve their way through the landscape; clouds flow overhead, helping provide an atmosphere; sap flows slowly down the trunk of a tree; blood flows with determination through many forms of life. Even thoughts and ideas flow past each other, either in a single mind or between many. This flow is inertia, direction, and energy in an ever-moving universe.
As with nature, flow is important in any artistic expression. Artists must embed into their pieces a sense of visual direction, and mastering the art of composition is not an easy task. It requires both intentional planning and organic freedom. It requires hard work, and yet must ultimately look effortless.
Creative Gateways and AMusinGlass owner Pilisa Rainbow Lady is an exemplary model for working in flow. She has been a fused glass artist for twelve years, during which time she has consistently worked to expand her talent and technique. Pilisa creates a wide variety of glass pieces, including wall art, intention plates, light sconces, raindrop bowls, door inserts and jewelry.
As part of her explorations in expanding her repertoire in glass, she often takes classes to learn advanced techniques from masters of fused glass. During one such class, she created her first abstract work, entitled “Stuck Into Flow,” which was an exploration of the theme of someone initially feeling stuck, then returning to their natural state of flow.
Much of her work involves experimenting with reactive glass, the unpredictability of which makes even the most seasoned of artists wary, but if done right, turns into stunning pieces of art. It is the understanding of her craft that allows Pilisa to go against the norm and guide this unstable medium into captivating, one-of-a-kind pieces. While she admits that she is not exempt from the never-ending process of learning and its resulting kiln disasters, her work is of the highest quality.
In many of her recent pieces, Pilisa is using water to literally create the look of flow in her wall art and bowls. After sifting various colors of powdered glass onto a sheet of clear glass, she then sprays water onto the surface. Carefully picking up the saturated sheet of glass, she shakes, tips and turns the sheet to make the powder flow freely. This technique causes many interesting patterns within the glass, as well as harnessing reactions to beautiful effect in these pieces.
Although the Grand Reopening event has passed, you can stop by any day to see the changes to Kuivato. Visit Kuivato 7 days a week from 10am-6pm. For more information, please visit www.Kuivato.com or call 928-282-1212.
We hope that you’ll join us at Kuivato as we navigate through these artistic currents together at the opening reception of “Capturing the Flow: First Friday Exhibition” on Friday, October 5th, from 5-8pm. Browse the gallery, meet local artists, and enjoy small bites and wine.
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