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Gabriel Fine Arts proudly present Halfway Through the Light, a two-person exhibition by Sue Maud and Diane Ponder. Searching for pure spiritual experience through artistic expression this cutting edge art exhibition is inspired by the ever-changing and metaphorical nature of light. 'Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light.' (Yogi Bhajan) !
Sue creates dramatic seascapes using painting and printmaking, (etchings, gum bichromates and cyanotypes) drawing on her sailing experiences to reflect the power and erosion created by the sea. The work tries to create the feeling of ‘being’ and to allow the viewer to experience the elements, strength, terrifying beauty and awesome might of the sea, in conjunction with our own frailty while sailing the oceans. Sue has exhibited in solo shows all over the country winning awards for her work in the Hartlepool Renaissance Exhibition at the Gray Art Galley and the T N Lawrence Award at the International Exhibition, Falmouth in 1999. Her work has also been seen in group shows as far away as Norway and Tokyo.
Diane Ponder is an artist and curator with a studio in the Cornelia Arts Building in Chicago, Illinois.
Her art refers to the passing of time and the dance of the quotidian. She began with mud and sand, ball point pen and pencil as a child, and continues to expand into a variety of materials. These materials include oil paint, salt, wax, string and linen. Emphasis on natural and non-toxic materials benefits the artist and collector.
Photography and video are also recently incorporated, and including poets, dancers and musicians in interactive work. This September, Diane Ponder had a show at Gateway Gallery in Bryant Park in NYC. She has shown nationally and internationally in art fairs and galleries. Only woman in Saudi Arabian Gallery first abstract art show.
She recently was in an art fair in Hong Kong and Art Expo in NYC. Featured in November at her gallery, Studio 26 in the East Village, NYC. She featured in the Select Art Fair in NYC 2015, and Aqua and Art on Paper in Miami in December.
She was artist in residence for years with Oak Park, Illinois' The Art House. She was in a PBS broadcast about an arts project in support of Sarah's Inn, a womens' shelter. She has featured in shows at the Cultural Center Peace Tower of Mark do Suervo in Chicago, at a long term exhibit at the visitors center at Navy Pier and exhibited and also curated several shows at the Hyde Park Art Center.
Most recently moderated a program for CAN TV Senior Network concerning Cornelia Arts Building and Chicago Artists Month, including artists at the current Robert Morris College show.
A recent curated show was during Chicago Artists Month 2014, co-curating a new art space at Art Supply last fall. She has also curated shows in the Hyde Park Art Center.
She was included in Art From Excess, a show curated by Chris Toepfer in the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts in Mills Park, Indiana.
She is currently showing art in Montserrat Gallery in nyc, Thrivent Gallery in Chicago, Praxis Gallery and osom gallery in Chicago. She is included in a show in Bhutan in July.
Her education includes a Visual Arts Certificate from the Graham School of the University of Chicago, where she also studied as an undergraduate. She was also part of the Bridge Program and also Center Program at the Hyde Park Art Center, which partnered with the Graham school.