Two local artists, Francisca Ugalde and Pamela Testa, are being featured in our upcoming summer art show, ‘Ex + Purgare’, at Hazel Tree Interiors. The opening reception will be held during the June Akron ArtWalk, on Saturday, June 6, 2015, from 5-8pm.
The show’s title and the works have developed as the two artists are both currently working independently on the processing and purging of ideas.
Ugalde works with oil on canvas and mixed media such as oil markers, pencil, acrylic on paper, then mounts her art on wood. “This particular body of work is about the purge of these images out of my head and onto paper and canvas, giving them new life.”, Ugalde said.
Testa is a printmaker that uses intaglio and relief but puts a spin on the traditional method by changing colors, cutting, and incorporating other materials, usually found objects. “My work in printmaking and sculpture are process-oriented and always include some sort of repetitiveness in the making. I like the use of multiples and the imagery usually comes from nature or natural objects.”, says Testa.
Testa received her BFA & MA in Printmaking from Kent and Ugalde received her BFA in Painting from Kent and her MA in Arts Administration from the University of Akron.
The show, ‘Ex + Purgare’, will run until August 1, 2015. The opening reception will be held from 5-8pm on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at Hazel Tree Interiors, located at 143 West Market Street in Akron. Gallery weekly hours are Tuesday – Friday, 11:00-5:30 and Saturday, 11:00-3:00.