All in eight day's work
Although all of the art in the Spiral Gallery's February show is the same size, its content varies significantly.
For "8 Days A Week," Carol Pulvermacher invited seven other artists at the gallery to join her in creating an 8x8 piece each day for eight consecutive days. The group created a total of 64 pieces with the theme of animals and nature.
The show will hang at the gallery through the end of February. There will be an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at the gallery at 341 Broadway St.
The show features Pulvermacher, Julie Cooper, Connie Athman, Nina Bradford, Kolieha Bush, Am Griswold, Karl Haugen and Brenda Scott. Media range from acrylics and watercolors to metal and mixed media collage.
Pulvermacher was inspired by a show with a similar concept at the Lincoln City Cultural Center.
Some participants did a variation of the eight day challenge and extended their work beyond that time frame.
Scott created mixed-media collages and worked on several pieces simultaneously.
"Eventually I had all eight pieces sitting in front of me. Some were done, and some weren't," she said.
Cooper, who works with metals, said she enjoyed the process of creating collages.
"Each one was different," she said.
Pulvermacher works with pyrographics — the art of decorating materials with burn marks — and finished a piece each day.
"I thought it would be a piece of cake. The first day took forever. The second day I worked until 8:30 (p.m.). After day 3, it rolled," she said. "It was fun, but it was challenging."
The artists said they are excited to see all of their pieces together when the show is set up.
"We've talked about them, but it will still be a surprise," Pulvermacher said.
Artists said they appreciated the parameters of the "8 Days a Week" show.
"I'm grateful to Carol for bringing the idea to us. It was a neat challenge," Scott said.
"It helps step up your game as an artist. You always want to be improving," added Haugen.
Pulvermacher said she hopes the process was a fun one.
"It's good to play," she said.