|Exploring Inside and Out
works by Merry Ryding and Drea Ryding
Opening reception Saturday, May 10, 6-8 pm
Artists' talk 7 pm
Sunday, May 11 through Saturday, May 31, 2014
Mother and daughter Merry and Andrea (Drea) Ryding show their art together for the first time in this duo show at the Crary. Working in very different styles, their kindred spirits reflect different life experiences and stages while exhibiting a fascination with the evocative nature of materials.
Merry Ryding was born on the edge of the Bering Sea, and after much travel has lived in northern Pennsylvania now for over 30 years. She holds a degree in Studio Art from Seattle Pacific College and an MA in combined Art History/Studio Art from Vermont College in Montpelier. Her work in encaustic and collage exemplifies the "exploring out" aspect of this show. In addition to studio work Merry is the Pennsylvania Route 6 Artisan Trail Coordinator, teaches Art Survey classes as an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and directs the ArtWorks at the Depot Artists' cooperative in Kane.
Drea Ryding was born in Warren and raised in Kane, PA, and has a degree in Studio Art (concentration Ceramics) from Allegheny College. She worked at Campbell Pottery in Cambridge Springs, PA before moving to Austin, TX, where she worked in the Feats of Clay pottery and also Sunset Canyon Pottery. Returning to Pennsylvania she has shifted her focus to mixed media
Both artists currently hail from Kane, PA.
For more information on Merry's work: mrydingartworks.com
For more information on Drea's work: alleghenyartworks.org/RydingA.html
Download the Times Observer article on this show
Listen to Merry Ryding speak about her encaustics at the Crary on YouTube
Listen to Drea and Merry Ryding speak about their show at the Crary on YouTube