Works in glass, wood, and denim
by Wilma Wyss, Lutz Hornischer, and Shelley Gardner

July 16 – September 29
We live in a material world. Glass, wood, and fabric are the base materials for the buildings we inhabit, the wares we use, and the clothes we wear. What happens when these ubiquitous items are worn and have lost their use? They are discarded, left to disintegrate. For Wilma Wyss, Lutz Hornischer, and Shelley Gardner these cast-offs are their medium and their inspiration. They reclaim the discarded and transform it into something new and extraordinary.

About the Artists


Wilma Wyss

The artwork of Wilma Wyss is a reflection of her life experiences; themes that she’s currently exploring vary from love, motherhood and attachment to betrayal and loss. Her compositions are abstract, with nuanced colors and varied textures. Wilma’s inspiration comes from outdoor spaces, particularly the Northern California landscape. Being in nature gives her time to focus her thoughts and see things in a new light, conceptually and physically.

The Circle Studies are about contemplative spaces. When choosing colors, Wilma has a particular landscape, feeling, or familiar experience in mind. Simple circles interact and become elusively evocative ever-changing patterns with emotional content. As the whole is constructed out of small pieces she looks for clarity of vision and harmony.

Wilma Wyss’ art practice takes her in two complementary directions: fine art mosaics and commission work for public and private spaces. She enjoys the technical challenges her work presents, whether applying tesserae to a concrete substrate or welding a steel armature. Wilma creates work that is durable, with a physical presence, and strong tactile sensations. The laborious process of creating mosaics gives her focus and serenity.

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Lutz Hornischer

Lutz Hornischer’s sculptures and wall art are inspired by nature, life and the uniqueness of the reclaimed wood he uses.

Lutz enjoys the specific challenge of transforming an old and rustic material such as reclaimed wood into contemporary art. Old wood has scratches, cracks, knots and other imperfections that are similar to real life. Every piece of wood is like a person, with its unique character, challenges and strengths. His work is driven by a yearning to give the wood a new life and, in turn to inspire people to find a new awareness, purpose and joy in their own life. Lutz’ art should also set an example that sustainability and re-use of material is not just a necessity, but a beautiful and inspiring part of our existence and future.

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Shelley Gardner

Throughout the years nature has remained an enduring source of artistic inspiration for Shelley Gardner. Spending time in her garden, she has become increasingly aware of the cyclical rhythms in the natural world. Of particularly fascination, are the unique and often strange ways plants manage to insure their reproduction in a hostile environment.

In her material applications Shelley has attempt to mirror the slow cumulative processes of nature. Her multi-layered surfaces are the result of the observation of the way in which seemingly small and insubstantial matter can slowly coalesce into a solid and enduring form. The development of seed pods, the formation of crystals, the sediment of a river bottom, are all examples of the processes she hopes to emulate.

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Exhibit Highlights