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Exploring Inside and Out
works by Merry Ryding and Drea Ryding
Opening reception Saturday, May 10, 6-8 pm
Artists' talk 7 pm

Exhibition continues:
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


Merry Ryding / mixed media collage
Drea Ryding / ceramic
Drea Ryding / mixed media
Merry Ryding / mixed media collage
Drea Ryding / mixed media - detail
Merry Ryding / encaustic


Merry Ryding Statement:

"Art is the visual evidence of change, the transformation of an idea into a concrete visual form. Ideas are given a home in paint, paper and ink.

"I think that the creative process is also a way of life, not just a way to make art. Lately, that process has taken me on road trips to explore the many varied landscapes that make up this huge country. I take some time to explore each place noting my initial impressions and making sketches in pencil and watercolor. I then take ideas to the studio to interpret the landscape of each wild place I visit into overlapping layers of colors, shapes and patterns. Each hill, shoreline and forest edge is another layer.

"Mixed media and encaustic are both mediums that let me explore the many layers of a landscape.

"In my collages I incorporate bits of everyday life, to add meaning to the landscape. Sometimes the craziness of everyday life feels like I’ve been torn up into little pieces and the bits have been tossed to the wind—scattered. Making mixed media artwork is a way to bring all of those bits and pieces together to make some sense of the chaos. Isn’t that what we are all trying to do?"


Drea Ryding Statement:

"For me, the most real and important exploration is a kind that searches the internal landscapes of the soul, psyche, and physical states.

"Seeking to understand these landscapes can reveal some of the greatest discoveries a person can make. My work attempts to communicate the visual markers of physicality, spiritual/cultural maps, and mind’s eye snapshots that illustrate this kind of unflinching exploration."