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Sarah Mandell Fibers of the South August 5th

Sarah Mandell Fibers of the South August 5th

Hey, Greenville, you know Sarah Mandell, right? You’ve seen those amazing silhouetted necklaces and laser-cut leather bracelets. You know, Once Again Sam! Oh yeah, now it’s clicking. She is a Greenville staple. She is a crafting genius. And now she’s upping her game and releasing a new series of felted landscapes that we get to exhibit right here at Art and Light. Kudos to killing it and then challenging yourself to do something brand new.


These landscapes are gorgeous and must be seen up close. Like the materials they are made from, you just want to be near them. They are cozy without being precious. Sublime, but earthy. Mandell has used her knowledge of felting and color to create saturated vistas that reflect her new home in the Carolinas. The layered wool intensifies the jewel tones and also establishes a flow to the work reminiscent of an O’Keeffe painting. The medium enhances the connection of nostalgia and place. And yet, in their window-like frames there is still a sense of yearning for the ethereal that Mandell has captured in these vignettes.

The show, Fibers of the South, will open from August 5th and end with a bang on August 19th. Because on Saturday, August 19th from 10am to 2pm we will get to enjoy a trunk show of Once Again Sam handmade jewelry. Please come join us for wistful gazing and maybe bring a coffee to hold and keep your hands busy because you are going to want to touch these gems, I promise you.



Hard Edge/Soft Edge with Leder & Marburg April 8th

Hard Edge/Soft Edge with Leder & Marburg April 8th

Art and Light is elated to present the continued friendship and camaraderie of Jeffrey Leder and Charles Marburg in their joint show, Hard Edge/Soft Edge. Our own resident artist, Jeffrey Leder showcases a series of graphic drawings and introduces us to New York painter, Charles Marburg. Both will be here for the opening, April 7th and artist talk April 8th.     IMG_2205

Leder hails from New York himself and is a recent transplant to Greenville. He brings with him an urban aesthetic and a wealth of knowledge about the art scene, having owned a gallery himself. One of the first artists he enlisted was Marburg. Leder was drawn to the raw emotion and curious use of space, in Marburg’s work. Eventually Leder even invited Marburg to curate his own show. And now here in Greenville, when asked to curate a show for Art + Light, Jeffrey has again turned to his old friend, Charlie.

Both artists work in abstract forms and ambiguous spaces but beyond that they could be a study in opposites. Leder’s work is bold and concise. His sharp edges and flat colors allow the viewer’s eyes to play in this two dimensional space. Sometimes zipping along and then disappearing behind an unexpected corner. The compositions tip toe between dissonance and harmony.

Marburg’s paintings are gentler. There is a softness to not only the brushstrokes, but the environment as well. The audience is pulled in by the artist’s use of positive and negative space and kept there by hints of recognition. An almost understanding.

Seeing the works together gives us unique insight into both of their processes and artistic strategies. But also reflects how we each seek peace and truth.