Oxford Arts Alliance
Art of the Forge
with a Touch of Earth
April 20th – May 26th
38 S Third St. Oxford PA 19363
Curated by Lele Galer and Rob Sigafoos
About Our Curators:
"I started doing sculpture as a metal artist 35 years ago. For the last 10 years, I have focused my full-time work on both functional and fine-art metal sculpture, along with two-dimensional works in graphite.
My ideas come primarily from personal emotions elicited by the people around me. Most of the people I meet bring light and joy, an excitement for life. Occasionally I meet people who bring out the darkest of emotion: heartbreak, anguish, despair. Both of these types of people bring inspiration to my work, from compassion to catharsis; to celebrate the joy of true friendship or to exorcise the demons of betrayal. On my early morning walks through the woods, I am always fascinated by the timeless life-or-death struggle between the invasive and indigenous species that populate the woodland. Bittersweet vines wrap themselves around majestic oaks and maple, investing nothing in their own structure and strangling the life from their hosts in a parasitic effort to gain prominence in the highest segments of the canopy. Sometimes the vine wins and the defeated tree withers away, leaving no support for the vine. Sometimes the tree wins, throwing off the invader and filling the canopy with color and beauty, albeit often permanently affected in its morphology by the once devastating encounter." (source)
Lele is an oil and encaustic painter who uses a bright palette and expressionistic brushwork. She is particularly interested in color, mass and texture and likes to paint trees because of the strength and solidity of the trunks in juxtaposition to the color masses of vegetation in the forest. For the past several years she has been working in mig welded steel, making abstract sculptures with found and bought steel in relief or standing. Her sculptures range in size from 6 inches to 12 feet. Half of her time is devoted to steel sculpture and the other half to painting in encaustic and oil. Her studio is in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Lele Galer was educated at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, University of California at Berkeley and San Francisco Art Institute. Most of the past 25 years were spent doing public art projects in schools and underserved areas, and she only returned to gallery work in 2005. Lele co-owns and manages the award winning local winery Galer Estate Vineyard & Winery in Kennett Square. She also writes a weekly newspaper art column, has a weekly Art Watch Radio show 1520 am radio on Wednesdays 1-1:30pm, runs local art shows, and writes, teaches and lectures in Art History in the schools. Lele has been married for almost 30 years to Brad Galer, whom she met at Wesleyan University in 1979, and they have three terrific sons, none of whom have any interest in art, education or wine. (source)