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  • Please join us for the October Opening of a two-person exhibition featuring ceramics by Marshall Maude and textiles by Mary Anne Jordan opening at James May North. Curated by Jimmy Eddings, the exhibition brings together two of his mentors from graduated school at the University of Kansas. We are beyond excited to have their incredible work together in our new space!

    Marshall Maude Bio:
    Marshall Maude is a ceramic artist and Associate Professor of Ceramics at the University of Kansas. Marshall has designed, built, and fired wood kilns around the world. He has exhibited his work in solo and group shows nationally and in China, Denmark, Korea, and New Zealand. In 2013, Marshall was an artist-in-residence at the Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute in Jingdezhen, China, and in 2014, at Guldagergaard – International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark. He is not on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. He does own a telephone and a hammer and concentrates his energy in the studio and on livin’.

    Mary Anne Jordan Statement:
    I am a quiltmaker. In my current work I try to challenge and embrace the strong traditions of quiltmaking, of sewing, and contemporary art. My work is inspired by the processes and resources involved in the development of my work and ideas. My interest and research in textiles has taken me many places conceptually in my work, and physically in the US and the world and it will continue to lead me to places yet to be explored.

    The large universe of possibilities has always informed my work as an artist: current events, popular culture, life at home, observations from nature, and close encounters with art (of both the great, and not-so great kinds).

    I have always had an affinity for textiles, and my research on a wide range of textile traditions has been a great source of inspiration. A short list of influences includes the appliquéd and embroidered Kuba cloth skirts from Central Africa; the complex weave structures of Ancient Peru; the extensive traditions and histories of textiles in Asia (in particular the sublime color and pattern combination of textiles from Japan, Korea, and Central Asia).

    Evidence of the personal mark and human body is of utmost importance in my work. This evidence is often portrayed through a “careless” mark (a crooked seam, a frayed edge,) or evidence of use and history such as the marks left by a wet glass, stained fabrics, holes, drips, splatters and smears.

    My work (including the processes and techniques employed to create the work) recurrently alludes to issues of domesticity and domestic life. At the same time, I hope the work expresses a sense of “defiance.” I make marks carefully, then deliberately allow and preserve the marks that “happen” in the process of making things by hand: drips, stains, blemishes, bleeding dye. The planned and happenstance… each day we make decisions, large and small; and likewise, each quilt results from the questions I pose, the decisions I make, and the process of the making.

    Join us in welcoming the artists to Algoma for our First Friday’s!

    Refreshments will be served from our local friends at von Stiehl Winery and Renards Cheese.

    We hope that you will join us for a great night of Art in Algoma!

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  • Venue:

    James May North
    219 State St.
    Algoma