The Zoo Gallery hosts three of its favorite artists May 13 and 14 at the Grand Boulevard location. The Mother’s Day Trunk Show runs both days, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. More info at thezoogallery.com.
Laurie Pollpeter Eskenazi has worked with clay for over 25 years. As a little girl, she was fascinated with the items found on and in her grandmother’s dresser—old button boxes, crazy quilts and hand tatted lace.
Laurie is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her pottery is inspired by the traditional needlecrafts made by women in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Using a combination of wheel throwing, coil and slab techniques, she transforms vintage designs into contemporary stoneware.
The work is somewhat spontaneous. She strives for a non-manicured organic look by layering impressions taken from vintage lace, buttons and handmade stamps. Influenced by the colors and textures found in her travels throughout France, Italy, Spain and the rural Midwest, her pallet is lush and vibrant.
Laurie is perhaps most notably collected for her mastery of glaze patterning and critical attention to detail. Her work possesses a feminine, playful touch that speaks to contemporary sensibilities with bits of nostalgia woven into each piece.
Heather Haase is an Atlanta jewelry designer known for her unique style of incorporating antique and unusual gemstones into hand-woven designs that result in earthy and organic—yet elegant—necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
Ashley Benton is a southern artist living in Atlanta. Her work is sensitive, serene, sometimes precarious, and a bit surreal. Through line, form and space, she investigates the figure beyond traditional rendering. The work seeks to capture the essence, emotion or feeling of the subject/object.
“I want to visually articulate what is around us all the time, but we do not see or notice until we are reminded,” says Ashley. Her paintings are that visual reminder and connection back to the self. The work often emphasizes the unreachable—something that cannot be captured or held like stories, metaphors and memories in a permanent state.
For Ashley, making art is an attempt to make the fleeting more permanent, knowing all the while it is not possible, making the challenge the process by which she can keep going.
Less than reality, more than a dream…
– Baxter Wilson
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