LAA Art Collective Presents
Wall Candy | Plaster Art Collection ‘22
The hundred-piece collection has been nearly 4 years in the making. The inspiration for the collection came when Ron saw an interesting artwork that Susan from House of Brinson had hanging in her home. She took a screenshot of the piece and filed it away in her memory until she could figure out how to get these little framed wall candies just right. LAA Art Collective is delighted to bring the beautiful collection to the Gallery this October.
Exhibition Opening: Friday, October the 7th, 2 - 6 pm
LAA Art Collective
15 West Ferry Street
New Hope, PA 18938
Those who can not attend in person on the 7th will have the first opportunity to purchase these pieces. The online sale will go live on Saturday the 8th (2PM).
The Collection will be exhibited from October 7th to October 28th. Gallery Hours: Thursday & Friday (11-4) and Saturday (11-5).
Ronni Robinson of Ron Nicole
Born and raised in Philadelphia and currently based in New Hope, PA, the Pennsylvania native has made a name for herself with her handmade paper and plaster botanical reliefs. Her work has been featured by a number of publications, including Better Homes & Gardens, House Beautiful, Martha Stewart Living, and Architectural Digest.
Ever since I was a little girl, I was enchanted by flowers. I’d walk to church holding my grandmother’s hand and I’d stop to pick dandelions that were peeking out from the cracks in the sidewalks of my Philadelphia neighborhood. It was then that I started pressing dandelions into Bibles, and my lifelong obsession with flower preservation began.
I have always made things, and even worked as a graphic designer after college, but it wasn’t until about six years ago when I pressed my first flower into clay and saw the simple beauty in a small moment suspended in time that I discovered what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I’ve been creating botanical reliefs in plaster and paper ever since.
My work is not meant to be flashy. I like my artwork to compliment the space it’s in and not take it over or stand out. I grew up a Seventh Day Adventist, and although I left the church a long time ago, the lessons of modesty and humbleness have carried on throughout my life. My art is a lot like my personality in that sense.
I want people to slow down and take their time when looking at my work. Just like nature itself, it’s best enjoyed when you take your time.
I like my work to give people a moment of quiet reflection.
My process is also (not surprisingly) very slow and methodical. It takes a long time, and doesn’t yield perfect results. I’ve had to learn to enjoy the work itself and have no expectations for the outcome. The work is also very physically demanding - I’m on my feet all day at the studio working with heavy slabs of clay and big bags of plaster. It’s honestly taken years of discipline and repetition to get to a place where I’m able to do it on a regular basis.
Plaster Collection Statement: Fall ‘22
This is the biggest collection of plaster works I’ve ever done. I didn’t do many last year - We were having our studio designed and renovated, and on top of that we moved. It took a lot longer than expected for me to be able to get into the new space and work.
My work is temperamental - plaster requires a scientific understanding of your environment - temperature, humidity, and airflow can all wreak havoc on my processes, and it usually takes me a while to adjust to a new setting.
With this collection it was about challenging myself to build confidence working in my new space. The pieces themselves are a study in composition, and are meant to be complimentary accent pieces to be hung with other artworks, much like the Wedgwood cameos which inspired me years ago.