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'3 Artists: Abstractions'

In celebration of Women's History Month, The Living Gallery presents "3 Artists: Abstractions" through the month of March. This will be an exhibit of mixed media wall pieces and vessels by three women from Mt. Shasta. The Living Gallery is located at 20 S. First St., in downtown Ashland.

Patt Causey is primarily a three-dimensional artist working in layers of handmade paper, wood and metal. Her mixed media collages incorporate woven and enameled metals on backgrounds of natural and painted paper reflecting her skills as a fiber artist and basket maker.

"My passion is still assembling objects and helping them metamorphose into new works. Using acrylic paint, handmade paper, and found objects; preferably metal and wood, I strive to interpret my world through my art. My background as a textile artist (weaving, quilting, and basketry) shows strongly in my work. As I stretch into metal and ceramics, I realize that my passions are textural and three dimensional. I cannot keep my work flat and am always looking for new ways to forge new layers. I have come lovingly and proudly, to see myself as a "builder."

Jewel DeMoss creates vibrant work, whether on paper or canvas, and translates life's passages into the visual form. She moves easily between the figurative and the abstract. DeMoss loves the forms and textures created when paper, paint, fabric and other materials meet. This quote by Thorpe, "Art is the only way to escape without leaving home," reflects how DeMoss feels about creating art.

Janet Curti Haines has academic and professional training as an artist. Proficient in oil, watercolor, acrylics, printmaking, pastels and encaustic, she says of her work: "Currently, I am exploring the abstract water-media collage technique using acrylics with my own handmade and other papers mounted on wood. My main emphasis is on the interplay of texture, design and color."

This group show demonstrates an overlapping of styles of the three women artists, and a mutual interest in creative papermaking and experimental collage.

Each of these artists has presented their art in galleries in Northern California. Each has won awards and honors and has works in private collections.