Tanya Casteel & Michael Gallagher
December 6-28, 2013
First Friday Gallery Walk: December 6, 6-10pm
The Upfront Gallery, devoted to Artspace member artists, features wood furniture by Michael Gallagher and ceramics by Tanya Casteel in the exhibition Home. The husband and wife, based in Fuquay-Varina, are interested in, as Gallagher says, “bringing function and art to the everyday home life experience.” Casteel’s influence in oceanic imagery is evident in the decals and other designs she applies to her platters, vases, and plates.
Tanya Casteel received her BFA from the Maine College of Art with a focus on ceramics and photography. She also holds a K–8 Elementary Teaching Certificate from the University of Southern Maine. She has taught in traditional public school classrooms, Montessori schools, private art classes, and a variety of art classes at Artspace. Casteel works as a full-time artist, selling her pottery at craft shows and local shops and galleries. She has been awarded Professional Development Grants and is a former Artspace Regional Emerging Artist-in-Residence.
Michael Gallagher graduated with a BFA in woodworking and furniture design from Maine college of art. After which he relocated to the Triangle area to set up shop and start his studio furniture career. Besides making custom work and one of a kind pieces he has taught woodworking classes at the NCSU Craft Center in Raleigh.