Troika, a Russion word for “a team of three,” seems appropriate when describing the three determined women who opened this contemporary crafts gallery in downtown Floyd, VA. The gallery was started in 2009 by Silvie Granatelli, Susan Icove, and Gibby Waitzkin who are all full time artists with long careers in their fields. Their goal was to bring in other regional artists who specialized in fine craft.
The beginning of 2019 marked a shift for the gallery when the ownership changed hands to two fellow craftswomen, Annie Armistead and Abby Reczek. Both women had been working with the gallery for a few years before the transition occurred and were ready to continue the tradition of bringing craft to the local community. They maintain the connection with their predecessors
Annie Armistead and Abby Reczek
Gibby Waitzkin’s newest work continues to explore the themes developed in her exhibition “Inside/Out”, the blending of the human form in natural settings, and defining the boundaries of the images with handmade paper, stained with natural walnut pigments. Gibby’s work combines paper, that the artist makes from local plant fibers, encaustic preserved flowers, leaves and photographic images. Filled with botanical, historical, and personal reference, her works with paper awake the viewer’s sense of wonder.
Silvie Granatelli’s porcelain pottery, designed for the table and food presentation has taken some new turns. There are also new glazes and many small items produced for special uses. Silvie’s porcelain pottery is rooted in the tradition of food and hospitality. Her graceful forms echo the natural world, animal life, and the human body. Her work brings ritual and ceremony to the table and home.
Susan Icove’s most recent trip to the salvage yard is at the heart of her new series of lamps and candlesticks. As always Susan imparts whimsical and wacky elements to all of her lighting design. She turns cast aside items into works of art. The space is bathed in the soft light of Susan’s unique solutions to interior lighting. Her functional three-dimensional montages of found objects are playful, surprising, and often somewhat anthropomorphic.