Featuring Lorena Pugh, Sandi Daniel, Gin Stone

On Exhibit through September
Artist Reception: Saturday, September 14th from 4:00 - 8:00 PM



FLEETING is an exhibition featuring three artists from New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts who explore time, life, death and mythology, where light and darkness are intertwined.  In a constant dance with nature and existence, we long for union and freedom and strive to understand the balance between our male and female energies.  We feel the pushing and pulling of chaos and order constantly.  Depending upon what stage of life we are sitting in, we feel more or less grounded.  Elements of existence are brief, strong and beautiful.  It is a building, passing and a regeneration.  Without our human construct of time, we would spin out, in an absence of past present and future.  And perhaps, we may not even exist at all. 


Our September artists Lorena Pugh, Sandi Daniel and Gin Stone work very uniquely with the concepts of ‘fleeting’ through various media.  Coastal Contemporary Gallery will present a fairy tale of reality and imaginary worlds through painting, sculpture and photography. 


Realist painter, Lorena Pugh visually narrates dresses as they are tossed out of windows and drift gently to the ground.  Diaphanous figures, sans body, are set with or without the grounding effect of the scape.    They symbolize joy and loss and the permanence of change; a witnessing of life as it passes.  Lorena does not wish to represent nostalgia, but rather, she places focus on being present and experiencing the moment.


Sandi Daniel is a photographer working with the concept of time and light.  Arranging and recording plant, insect and animal, the artist transfers layered imagery onto exquisite Japanese papers.  Sandi seizes the moments of passage just before the final ones, where life that precedes death expresses a defiant burst of color, an exaggeration of form or line, or even a blossom that is moderately exuberant.  Later, she witnesses the sad darkness of decay and pays tribute to this final stage that displays a graceful yet strong proclamation. 


Sculptor, Gin Stone, painstakingly cleans and dyes recycled long line fishing gear that is no longer serving its brief utilitarian purpose in the sea.  She constructs life-sized three-dimensional animal forms, incorporating myth and the mythology of antiquity.  Often with shorter life spans than human, animals are at greater risk for early demise as a result of global man-made interference.  Her centerpiece for Fleeting is a work entitled ‘Pursuit’.  She portrays a capturing or a freezing of time within the instinctual behaviors of animals hunting and playing.  This observation reveals flashes of reactions where predator moves into their victims for sustenance or sport. 



Lorena Pugh
Sandi Daniel


Working in oils in the realm of contemporary realism, Lorena has received a number of national and international awards for past works.  She earned a BFA from Pratt Institute, attended the Art Students League, the School of Visual Arts and the Rhode Island School of Design.


As a student of realism in the late 70’s and early 80’s, Lorena’s focus was on illustration. With the revival of classical realism, her work has shifted from a more communicative approach to a more emotive style.


Currently she is working on a two-year project to produce a large body of work relating to Narragansett Bay. The project will culminate in a show at Dryden Gallery in Providence RI this October, with partial proceeds going to an environmental group for the bay. She is also represented by Renjeau Gallery in Boston MA.


Sandi Daniel is a local as well as national award winning artist. She has lived and worked all over the United States. Ms. Daniel has exhibited extensively throughout the US as well as Japan. With over 75 successful exhibitions she is a seasoned professional artist. Her work has been shown in museums, galleries as well as academic universities, including the Hecksher MuseumBienniel and the Steinberg Museum of Art at Hillwood.


Sandi Daniel is a graduate of the University of Michigan where she received a bachelor of science in Zoology and Hallmark Institute of Photography where she studied commercial photography. She is highly experienced in photo retouching both analog as well as digital. In addition to making artwork Sandi has also run children’s art programs and has curated art shows for Vision Gallery in Arizona.


Although her work is constantly changing in theme and technique there is a distinctive sensibility that runs throughout her imagery.


She currently works for the New York Times and splits her time between making art and freelancing.

Gin Stone


Gin Stone was born in New York in 1971 . Her formal training is in painting, with just over two years in before dropping out of the same art school that Kiki Smith had left in the mid-70’s. She traveled the country before moving back to New York, where she worked as a digital media designer before moving to the Cape in early 2002.


She is an ardent environmentalist and lover of living creatures. Having previously worked solely with paint, panel, graphite, ink and paper, the experience gave her knowledge of color and form in space. Her last 5 years of work has been combining these things in a new way: humane taxidermy.  Gin uses hand dyed reclaimed longline fishing gear as a medium. The material itself is part of the work’s narrative. The local fishing culture is deeply ingrained where she lives, an eco-friendly live/work studio on Cape Cod.


The artist obtains most of the line from the Cape Cod Commercial Fisherman’s Alliance in Chatham, MA who collects the used material from fishermen in hopes that it will not be discarded in the ocean’ or a landfill. Gin likes to think of the things the gear has seen and done in its life before it arrives at her studio.


Once there, it is cleaned and hand colored with fabric dyes, when dry it is painstakingly attached to forms. The line can be manipulated in many ways to mimic different types of fur, scales, or feathers. When it comes to other creature features, she uses found materials that is sculpted into shape and size. Stones, shells and lead sinkers becomes eyes. Quahog shells are carved into anatomically correct teeth and nails. She uses her husband’s veterinary text books and MRIs to ensure accuracy.


By bringing the recovery and recycling of the used North Atlantic fishing gear to the creation of her sculptures of unusual creatures and otherworldly chimera, she hopes to put a spotlight on collaboration of science, sustainable fishery practices and creativity; as well as a hopeful outlook on the future of ocean health.




Coastal Contemporary Gallery
491 Thames Street, Newport RI 02840  401.612.6121

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