Michael and Darcee Thoren of Petersburg, Indiana, make art inspired by the natural world. Michael’s expression takes the form of wheel-thrown pottery with raku finishing. Darcee’s work is multi-media. Come and see why they say that art has enriched and expanded their world, when Down to Earth opens on Saturday, March 11, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. EST at MoonTree Gallery.
The artists welcome the opportunity to personally tell you more about their creative endeavors. They chose to call the show Down to Earth because in their minds, that title encompasses the interests and beliefs that have provided the foundation for their art. “Making art has greatly enriched our lives,” Michael began. Darcee nodded, “We have met many kind and interesting people and visited places that we might have otherwise never seen. We have learned so much about ourselves in the process. Art has enriched and expanded our world.”
The art that the Thorens each make came about as a result of their shared interest in the natural world. The multi-media pieces that Darcee creates are based on a love of color, texture, and pattern. She feels a deep desire to express the personality and spirit of the creatures and landscapes of our planet. Michael’s raku pottery is the result of his combined interests, Art and Science. Michael’s wheel-thrown clay pieces are truly born of fire: natural materials such as dry leaves, straw, pine needles, and even horse hair contribute to the one-of-a-kind nature of every piece. By literally getting Down to Earth, the Thorens follow their innate curiosity to create art that reflects passion for the world and its inhabitants.
Michael and Darcee Thoren embody the mission of MoonTree Studios. They explained, “Our journey started with us carving out some time and space in order to explore the possibilities. So many people are drawn to the idea of manifesting their own unique expressions of creativity, but often that’s where it ends. We have discovered that the struggle is in believing that we have the right to make art…the right to take the time to sit down, think, and explore. Making art is neither a lofty, rarified purpose nor a frivolous endeavor. It is Down to Earth. It is a practical and realistic activity that we can all do. It's an opportunity to settle ourselves, to consider our lives, to express our thoughts and feelings, and to connect with others. We are dedicating this show to Shirley Hume (Darcee's mother) who has encouraged all of our family's artistic endeavors whether it be writing, painting, drawing, sculpting, or raku pottery. She's always said, "You'll never know unless you try." In that spirit, we hope that sharing our artwork encourages others to express their unique creativity and to put it out into the world. ”
Michael and Darcee Thoren’s 3D artwork, Down to Earth, will be on display at MoonTree Gallery from March 11 through April 7, 2017. MoonTree Gallery is open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. EST during winter. Call MoonTree Studios at (574) 935-1712 for group tour arrangements, or for an appointment at times other than these. Closing day for Down to Earth will be Friday, April 7, 2017.