Read about our Featured Art Exhibit
APRIL SHOWERS, ART FLOWERS
apr 22 — may 26, 2019
RECEPTION Friday, April 26, 6:00 — 9:00 pm
For April Showers, Art Flowers, LYNN WARTSKI writes about her shift from metal to wool for her new art dolls, “Over the years I have incrementally changed to play more and more with the doll artist’s tool box. Moving away from paperclay, papier-mâché
My new pieces are the result of a trip I took to Iceland last summer. The dramatic landscape and rich folklore offered me new subject matter and the abundance of sheep pointed to new material: wool. I was creating mental sketches of pieces as we were exploring, and decided before we took off for home that I wanted to focus on this new medium. I started first with a piece where I felted just the costuming. I was so happy with the results I achieved with wool, I sculpted doll after doll entirely through needle felting. In needle felting wool fibers, which have scales, are drawn past one another by repeated piercing with a needle that has small barbs along its edge. Layers of form and color can be built up on one another. I was instantly struck by the quality and control I could achieve sculpting with wool. I was hooked! Garbed in their bright and cheery colors my new figures almost seem to be blooming into existence.”
Painter CHRIS GRAEBNER writes, “My work toggles back and forth between botanical and non-botanical subjects. This year, as the title suggests, my work for the show is botanical in subject matter. I’ve been painting big; some of these canvases are my biggest ever. I love detail — and big canvases allow me to dive deeply into detail.