Fresh Gallery is home to 20 Springfield area artists who have been juried in as members of the collective gallery which they all share in operating. The artists come from a wide variety of specialty backgrounds including jewelry, watercolors, fibers, oils, sculptures, wearable art, mixed media, and photography.
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This July Fresh Gallery Features Two Artists
Sculptor Linda Passeri
Digital Artist Alan O'Neal
Linda Passeri Sculptor
Alan O'Neal Digital Artist
Linda Passeri is one of Fresh Gallery's three dimensional artists. Her works are hand formed and carved ceramic sculptures. She is best known for her Steampunk Creatures, such as cats and birds. She adds metal, glass and found objects to her pieces to add character and personality. Passeri works with a sense of urgency. As she works, she can visualize the next piece that she wants to create, thus working quickly. She also enjoys testing the limits of what she can do with clay and working straight out of her imagination, taking the piece from her mind to her hands. Look closely at her work and a smile will be found in most.
Passeri is originally from Rochester, New York, making the move to the Springfield, Missouri area in 1972. Passeri has been a commercial artist since 1977. She began sculpting more recently, in 2009. In addition to her clay, Passeri adds sign painter, muralist, pin-striper and graphic artist to her long history of art and creativity. (This month's Uncle Sam graphic was done by Artist Linda.)
Take some time to visit Fresh Gallery in July. Passeri's pieces need to be viewed in person. The intricacies of each piece are whimsical and alluring. Her pieces are worthy of a full 360 degree view that can only be done in person.
Our second featured artist for July is Alan O'Neal. O'Neal is a retired engineer. He started photography before he can remember, and some of the works offered for sale were taken nearly 25 years ago. O'Neal grew up in the country, still lives in the country, and has a fondness for nature. All of these things have an influence on the type of pictures he takes.
In 2004, O'Neal started doing Digital Art. His process is taking a photograph and creating an alternate image out of it. O'Neal says, "My computer and mouse are my pallet and paintbrush. Many times the final results will have no appearance of being a photograph. I find it neat that it is possible to have an alternate image of a good photo that is also pleasing." For O'Neal, it is also satisfying to take a less pleasing photo and create a desirable image from it. He creates his photo art only from pictures that he has taken.
O'Neal's works can also be seen in the permanent collections at St. John's Hospital of Springfield and Boone Hospital of Columbia, MO. In addition to those permanent collections, Alan has been represented in multiple galleries, juried shows and exhibitions. He has also received several awards, including the Juror's Choice Award twice at the Waverly House Juried Exhibit in Springfield, MO.
O'Neal's results are spectacular. Some images are quite obvious a scene from nature. Some images are altered so well, that the viewer will be mesmerized by the intricacies and nuances nature doesn't offer to the naked eye.
Don't miss this opportunity to visit with your local artists and see their latest creations first hand.