John Warfel and Eileen Miller

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 7:00am

Painter Eileen Miller and ceramic artist John Warfel will combine their work again this summer at The Spring Street Gallery, with an opening reception on Saturday, July 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is cordially invited.

Miller's abstract oil paintings feature splashes of color and a build-up of texture to create a fresh perspective with a foundation in the natural world.

"Like many of us, walking and taking in the sights on the island is a daily pasttime and delight,” said Miller. “My paintings attempt to capture how it feels when we see the red dash of a cardinal, the moving glint of light on the ocean, or the mixed hues of waving field grass. Abstract expressionism allows me to convey these universal impressions and feelings freely from a more personal and intuitive side."

Warfel said his new work reflects an interest in new textures and colors.

“This year I’ve been experimenting using engobes” — colored slips — “in both the Raku and pit-firing process. I have been adding different textures, sometimes distorting the thrown form, and sometimes carving in relief,” Warfel said. “I like the way Raku and pit-firing respond to different textures. As with many things the journey is as important as the product.”

Miller and Warfel's show will be on display through Sunday, July 22.