Stephanie Damoff

Janice LaVerne Baker

Sandee Johnson

Dominic Klyve

March 1 – 30, 2024

Exhibit Sponsor:
Jane Orleman, Dick & Jane’s Spot

Main Gallery:
Looks Good On Paper
National paper exhibit juried by Janice LaVerne Baker and Lehuauakea.

“The pieces that Janice and I selected represent a wide range of 2D and 3D works that often depict innovative and unexpected uses of paper as a support and medium. I was consistently surprised by the creativity while going through the entries, and it was not easy to make the final selections of works to be in the exhibition. I encourage all artists who entered works to continue creating and expressing their ideas through new and exciting ways, where even a modest medium such as paper can become something exquisite.”
~ Lehuauakea

Mezzanine:
Janice LaVerne Baker

I make work that explores emotion.
I make work that is autobiographical.
I make work that is about longing.
I make work about history.
I explore issues of gender and identity.
I explore my self-concept.
I shed light on what it means to be born female.
I try not to judge my art.
I try to just keep working.
I trust that more will be revealed, always.

Eveleth Green Gallery:
BOTANICA – Sandee Johnson

BOTANICA is a series that has been evolving and increasing for many years. It began when I
lived in Europe, finding pen & ink to be a versatile medium that I could take with me when
traveling. I was drawn to expressing nature in both abstract and representative forms, often
including an unexpected element in my plant compositions. The plants became more
imaginary, sometimes resembling a new species.

Returning to the states after a total of 25 years residing in many parts of the globe, I either
painted botanical specimens with acrylics or utilized an etching press to actually reproduce
samplings on printmaking paper. These became one-of-a-kind prints, featuring either positive
or negative plant imagery or mixed media. I also experiment with collaging vintage ephemera I
brought back from all over the globe.

Currently, I still favor a Zen practice of drawing detailed black and white pen and ink drawings,
sometimes adding color for variation. Yet I also merge printmaking, collage, drawing,
ephemera and acrylics together on wooden cradled panels. Occasionally my photographs and
watercolors punctuate my work since I am unabashedly a mixed media artist.

Community Gallery:
Ida Nason Aronica Elemntary
Mrs. Durham’s 4th Grade Class

Hallway Gallery:
A.I. Meets the Sonnets of Shakespeare – Dominic Klyve

Over 400 years after their creation, the Sonnets of William Shakespeare remain unmatched in the English language. These 154 short poems explore life and death, love and loss, time and inevitability. They have been studied, dissected, and used as inspiration for countless other literary, musical, and artistic works. Most of all, they contain some of the most evocative language I have ever come across. From the day 15 years ago that I came to understand them in more than a cursory way, I have been smitten by these powerful 14-line verses.

The ideas and the emotions in the Sonnets have served as inspiration for other artists. What if we could use Shakespeare’s words themselves? Over the last few years, powerful new AI “Language Models”, built and refined by thousands of individuals, have made it possible to create visual images using only text, the adjustment of various internal “parameters”, and a lot of computing power. These images, like language itself, may be beautiful, disturbing, inspiring, or banal. Indeed, the latter is the most common — generating boring images turns out to be all too easy. But the first time I asked one of these AI tools to create an image based on text from the Sonnets, something surprising happened. The very first image it returned (based on the first four lines of Sonnet 33) was beautiful.

This happy discovery was the beginning of an ongoing journey in which I seek to turn text from each of these 154 sonnets into a work of art. The process is not usually as easy as my first success; for any starting text, there are dozens of models that could be used, each of which can be modified and tweaked in innumerable ways. Learning to use these tools can be an art to itself — and, given the daily improvement in technology and technique, an art with continuingly changing rules. This exhibit is a peak into the current status of the effort. Each work includes an original image and the text of the sonnet that created it. The line or lines directly employed in the AI model are rendered in boldface, and serve as the title of the work.