Gibby, Susan, and Silvie are full time artists, with long careers in their fields. Over the past three years they have invited other regional artists to be a part of Troika Gallery. The gallery now represents over 40 artists. The addition of these works from a variety of media areas has furthered their mission of highlighting the artist and craftsmen as a vital part of the gallery and the community as a whole. Troika Gallery cultivates community in a variety of ways such as sponsoring music events (Hotel Floyd) and curating shows for other artists and groups such as the Floyd Artisan Trail and 16 Hands.
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.