This exhibit will feature five artists: Susan J. Thompson, Nancy Jeffrey, Susan Schiesser, Julie K. Anderson, and Renee Fox. The artists' work will be combined with hand-made rugs from around the world, demonstrating the timeless beauty of both one-of-a-kind artwork, and the centuries-old tradition of fine rug making. The opening reception will occur Friday, May 20, 2005 from 5:30-7:30 pm and will feature live music, wine and hors d'ouvres. The work will remain on display in the showroom through June 3, 2005. Susan Thompson's work involves a process of layering colors and images to form a contemporary style of encaustic painting. Nancy Jeffrey is known for her natural surrealistic style of painting over soft textural crushed stone backgrounds. Susan Schiesser's exemplary use of color is demonstrated in her unique modern aerial landscape paintings. Julie Anderson is a ceramic artist who focuses on organic wall-hung sculptural tiles and carved wheel-thrown vessels. Renee Fox's botanical oil paintings and drawings invoke an ethereal feeling of weightlessness and movement using soft earthy colors and lines.