Riverstones and collaboration

Because we had such a good experience collaborating a couple of years ago to create a substantial artwork, Marcia Joffe-Bouska, Tom Quest and I are doing it again. We three continue to explore rivers in this new work. The resulting collaborative work will debut in the Omaha Public Library's Michael Phipps Gallery as part of Omaha's First Friday art celebration in November and will be on display through December. 

The large collaboration will feature an undulating line of "riverstones" made of ceramic, plywood and mixed media and ranging in size from about 4x5" to 5x8". Panels that are each 24" wide and of varying heights will hang above and below this line. We expect the final piece to be complex and interesting, with multiple textures, materials and ideas to consider. Individual works will support and amplify our themes. Here are samples of each of our stones, as well as "Rivers, Roads, Remains," the artwork we made together in 2015. 

Mosaic riverstones by Marcia Joffe-Bouska. 

Mosaic riverstones by Marcia Joffe-Bouska. 

Ceramic riverstones by Tom Quest. 

Ceramic riverstones by Tom Quest. 

Painted riverstones by Lori Elliott-Bartle. 

Painted riverstones by Lori Elliott-Bartle. 

"Rivers, Roads, Remains" was a work and a show we did in 2015 when we all were members of the Artists' Cooperative Gallery. 

"Rivers, Roads, Remains" is a 3-panel (each 20" x 40")  mixed-media artwork, portraying ideas connected to the Missouri River. It includes old maps, found objects and the mosaic path echoes the line of the Bob Kerrey bridge that links Omaha and Council Bluffs. 

"Rivers, Roads, Remains" is a 3-panel (each 20" x 40")  mixed-media artwork, portraying ideas connected to the Missouri River. It includes old maps, found objects and the mosaic path echoes the line of the Bob Kerrey bridge that links Omaha and Council Bluffs.