Originally Published: March 24, 2016 5:53 p.m.
Arts Prescott Co-Operative Gallery, 134 S. Montezuma St., is currently featuring work by former gallery member Lee Iredell with a show titled “Color and Line: Jewelry and Mixed Media Paintings and Drawings by Lee Iredell,” which is on display from Friday, March 25, through Wednesday, April 20. There is an artist’s reception on March 25 as well for the Fourth Friday Art Walk from 5 to 8 p.m.
Iredell was always creating something on paper, clay metal or wood during his childhood, according to a press release from Marjorie Claus.
“Her grandmother then displayed a rotating collection of these childhood creations in her home,” the release stated. “This supportive action encouraged Iredell to continue creating and her artistic development grew at Elmira College, where she received a B.A. degree in Art and Education.”
Iredell’s focus throughout her early professional career was on mixed media painting, the release stated. Over the years, her mixed media “Cat series” has become well known to her followers.
In 2009, Iredell enrolled in a jewelry metalsmithing workshop, the release stated. It was there she discovered she could use colored enamels to draw and paint on metal. The “sgraffito” enamel technique enabled her to achieve textures and visual patterns in her work that were quite interesting, the release stated.
“The ‘sgraffito technique involves scratching into an enamel surface to reveal the texture or colors hidden beneath the surface,” the release stated. “Of equal interest to Lee was the opportunity to incorporate drawing and painting techniques into jewelry designs; thus marrying her interests in the artistic disciplines of painting and jewelry making.”
Iredell gets inspiration from the hues and textures found in nature, the release stated. She’s discovered that her mixed media work enhances the creation of jewelry while drawing and painting on canvas or metal leads to unique pieces.
Patrons of the “Colro and Line: Jewelry and Mixed Media Paintings and Drawings by Lee Iredell,” will see Iredell’s ability to soften and merge boundaries between artistic painting and jewelry making, the release stated.