On Her Plate:
The Artwork of Carolyn Gaska
6-19 March 2009
Opening Reception: Friday, 6 March, 7-10pm
Project Lodge Gallery (817 E. Johnson Street, Madison WI)
Artist and crafts person Carolyn Gaska’s life’s work was kept mostly in storage, until now. The body of work amassed by her efforts is large, and has until now been shared modestly with individuals in the senior community. After her death in 2005, her husband John Gaska was unsure exactly how to disseminate her work to those who would appreciate it. “Her work has touched people and I hope it will continue to do so,” said John.
For the first time Carolyn’s entire body of work will be shown, at the Project Lodge gallery. Using commonplace materials such as plastic plates, gloss acrylic medium, quilt batting, and magazine images, Gaska created a unique art form and spent much of her adult life executing its production with absolute care and dedication. Those born after 1950 have come to know a highly disposable culture, built on consuming, outgrowing, and discarding. Members of the Great Generation operate under a different mindset altogether: quite simply, materials are valued. This is clearly exemplified in the artwork of Carolyn Gaska, and a value that in today’s economic times, we can all learn from.
The opening is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Donations will be accepted to cover the cost of space and for the North/Eastside Senior Coalition.