507 Cruise Street
Corinth, MS. 38834
10 am - 4 pm
gallery is a 501c3
2009 Featured Art
and Helene Fielder
exhibit features works from artistic couple
The husband and wife artist team of Ray and Helene Fielder are enjoying
the quiet life in their corner of Prentiss County, sharing studio space
as he paints and she sculpts.
"One half is mine," Helene Fielder said of their Marietta
"One-twentieth of it is mine," Ray Fielder playfully counters.
Their art has come to Corinth for the month of January at the Corinth
Artist Guild Gallery at 507 Cruise Street. An opening reception with
the Fielders, both full-time artists, is today from 5 until 8 p.m.,
and the exhibit runs through Jan. 30.
Mrs. Fielders' pottery includes a mix of artistic sculptures and functional
items. Many of them are finished with numerous layers of glaze, and
some include beadwork or gemstones. She said she likes contrasts and
strives for an organic quality in her work.
"I like pieces to be warm, that people want to touch it,"
Mrs. Fielder bristles at the suggestion that the artistic pieces are
abstract. "I don't think it's abstract, but most people probably
do," she said. "I mean, what's abstract? The roots of a tree,
are they abstract? It's just how you look at things."
Before coming to Mississippi 10 years ago, she had been warned that
her artistic pieces would be a tough sell in the state.
"I've found that I do sell my sculpture," she said, "and
I think the stereotype I was given before I moved here is not how it
really is." She also likes to capture movement and color contrasts
in the pieces she has been sculpting for 27 years.
"Even my functional work, I want it to have an artistic feel,"
said Mrs. Fielder. "I want it to be different, unexpected. I love
As an example, she indicates the feet on a serving tray. Another functional
piece is an urn that she was moved to create in response to the mass-produced
feel often associated with an urn.
Visitors to the couple's home will find some of her husband's work hanging,
but she does not display her own work in the house.
like things I can't make," said Mrs. Fielder, a past best-of-show
winner in Oxford's Double Decker Festival.
She still recalls the inspiration that set her on a path to artistic
"There was a girl in sixth-grade that was drawing horses, and I
thought it was amazing that she could do it," she said. "It
probably wasn't that good, but to me it was fantastic. She hooked me."
Both Fielders come from a background of military service. Her past work
includes illustrating for the Army and Air Force, and he was a photographer
for the Air Force. Mr. Fielder also did graphic engineering for NASA.
Many of his exhibited pieces capture landscapes under lively cloud formations.
"Each painting will wind up kind of expressing what I was feeling
at the point in time I was painting it," said the Prentiss County
native. "You'll notice the painting techniques will change from
painting to painting because it all depends upon what I feel about the
Mrs. Fielder said she admires his paintings that capture "more
temperamental, stormy, dark skies."
Mr. Fielder, who found his love of painting at age 12, is a graduate
of the Memphis Academy of Art. He encourages artists to get "outside
the box" and occasionally explore the unfamiliar. Mrs. Fielder
encourages young artists to invest the time and plan the finances carefully.
"A lot of people want to be potters," she said. "They
need to take a color class, a design class. But don't get into debt.
Once you're in deep debt as an artist, then your work is influenced
by money so much. I've seen a lot of artists quit because they'd rent
studio space for $500 when they could have done it in their garage."
She also encourages them to stay away from fads.
"That one jeweler that's unique, he may not make as many sales
(at an event), but he'll make the right sales," she said. Determination
is also a plus. She recalls being told at a young age that art wasn't
a worthy endeavor.
"Then I became strong-willed and did it anyway," she said
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Trip Tich" by Helene Fielder
Landscape " by Ray Fielder