Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Jo(anna) Ettorre has been exploring fiber art as a knitweaver for two decades, and fiber as an expressive medium for a lifetime. “It’s how I quiet a chatty mind, and practice listening and feeling for harmony.” Along with crochet, needle felting, and dyeing, knitweaving tapestries is the culmination of those years, coming full circle recently from her wearable art accessories.
A Cleveland native, Jo claims her favorite inspirations on Lake Erie, “anywhere I can see the water”, and Dawes Arboretum, a spectacular celebration of Nature in Licking County. “I imagine the world being created one thread at a time, and look to Nature for how it was done. Creating a base image with knitweaving at the loom, I can take the next stage out into Nature, and embellish a piece sitting among the trees or by the lake. Portable work has been invaluable during the years I was raising my son, and it became a favorite part of how I finish tapestries that are truly collaborations with the natural world.”
Originally trained in law, Jo is a self-educated artist, who acknowledges the gifts of a long list of teachers that deepened her skills over a lifetime. “I am grateful to Village Artisans for expanding my horizons when I was a co-op member in 2001-2, and I’m very excited to return to the gallery this year.
More images of her work can be seen at www.balancingpointstudio.com
Scott Stolsenberg is a local photographer in Yellow Springs.
He grew up in Washington Court House and has loved art as far back as he can remember. Scott studied art all through high school and college, exploring many different media including paint, pen and ink, pencil sketching and zinc plate etchings. After College he focused more on photography. In 2002, the Record Herald, a newspaper in Washington Court House, started publishing his photos. After that beginning, Scott’s work began appearing in the Trip Ohio travel magazine, Salt magazine, and the Fayette County publication, Spectrum. He spent two years working as a photographer and photo editor for Art of Photography photo studio in Washington Court House.
While he has loved all these different types of photography, Scott has always loved nature photography the most. His work showcases many places but he is especially fond of the Hocking Hills and Yellow Springs area.
For Scott, photography is his way to explore the world around him. There are nuances and details that can be missed with the naked eye. When capturing a bird, insect, flower or even a cloud within a photo, the opportunity is there to study it and admire it in even greater detail. “I always hope that people will look at my work and see things they have not noticed before, “ says Scott. “It is important for people to find connections to the world around them. Only then will they work to protect it.”
As for how he learned photography, Scott has this to say, “I have not had much formal training. I learned most of what I know from self-study and the wonderful photographers who have shared their time and knowledge with me. In turn, I love to share what I have learned with others. Everyone has something to share and I learn something new each time I interact with another artist.”