We’re on the waterfront in McCall. There is no better place to celebrate May in the Central Mountains. Our featured artist for May, woodcarver Larry Mehaffey, has been working hard in his studio in the Nez Pierce National Forest, creating new wood carvings for your enjoyment. Also, ceramicist Candace Bonawitz has returned from Arizona and once again graces the gallery with her beautiful vases, mugs and other creations celebrating the beauty of nature.
Meet the artists and view the art by over twenty regional artists at our First Saturday reception, May 4, 4-8 p.m., with music by “CatFish de Grey” (Mike Dixon and Chad Lord), wine by Bistro 45 and appetizers.
Gallery Fifty-Five is a nonprofit artist cooperative.
More on Larry Mehaffey:
Living off the grid in the midst of the Nez Pierce National forest, wildlife is a constant presence in Larry’s daily life. The inspiration needed to create wildlife art is therefore ever present and ever changing as is the wonder and beauty of creation. Using the hardwoods that also enhance the beauty of the wild proves to be the natural progression for him to best recreate Northwest wildlife in art. His own love for both nature and the natural grains and colors of the various exotic and domestic hardwoods has made wildlife art something he does with pride and passion, with the hope that others will see these same qualities in the pieces he carves.
More on Candace Bonawitz:
Candace grew up with a mother who was an artist and master gardener and can’t remember a time when she did not love art and the beauty of the world around her. She graduated with a Masters in Ceramics from Montana State University, but it was years before she returned to ceramics after her retirement. Now she has two ceramics studios, one in her winter home in Arizona and one in her summer home in McCall. We can expect to see many of her creations at Gallery Fifty-Five.