The Lens-Artists’ Photo Challenge is “Interesting Objects” and we have some art to share.
On Thursday night, January 13, 2022, the Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center featured four different exhibits.
Walking in we were surrounded by floral paintings from Elizabeth Cabell, which was the first exhibit. The paintings were beautiful and I found out later that she connected each painting to one of the Psalms, and then she paints the title i n Hebrew and then her artist signature. The flowers were wonderful, but (and I feel bad for saying this) the topic of flowers didn’t really appeal to me that night.
The second exhibit was called “Meandering Thoughts in Wood” by Tom Lowe, which had hand-carved wood sculptures.
The third exhibit was called “Compulsory Measures” and the variety of art felt very quiet and left-brained.
The art in the third exhibit felt stabilizing and like taking a long exhale (and linking with Sunday Stills)
The fourth exhibit was my favorite of the night. Perhaps as subjective humans we have different tastes in different seasons and maybe another time the flowers, wood, or patterns and designs would have appealed more. However, when I saw Lucy Kirkpatrick’s fabric art, I was pulled in by the color.
Right away I noticed Lucy’s colorful pianist with the grand piano. I took that photo to show my MIL (who has a similar grand). Also thought of blogger Diana because they just got rid of their grand piano.
I found myself going back to Lucy’s fabric art a few times. The colors, settings, moments of life in this medium that was soft and …. Inviting
UPDATE (thanks to feedback from restless jo)
If you want to see nice images of Lucy’s work, go here to GACC where they have a nice gallery of her recent work.
Ithought of blogger Tierney with the quilt one (right below):
Check out this next one of a sunset.
I had a chance to chat with the Artist (I believe that all of the artists were there that night, which is a really nice feature to offer). Someone grabbed a photo…
- I learned that Lucy is a professional keyboardist.
- She has been making quilts for many years.
- It has only been since enduring the pandemic that she started making fabric art masterpieces.
- Lucy’s Fabric Art is culture rich and she tells stories as she depicts people, pets, settings, musical instruments, clothing and accessories, hairstyles, facial expressions, postures, and nature.
- Sometimes we get a feel for the weather and other times you can hear the faint whisper of the harmonica or perhaps a laugh.
- I noticed that her exhibit pieces covered multi-generations, which she said was unplanned.
- The vibrant colors and the stark originality of each piece had me soaking up her work. I wonder if my enjoyment was heightened for Lucy’s work because I breezed on by the flowers and then all of the left-brained pieces and wood sculptures? They primed me for the vibrancy of her work: the softness, the joy, and the humanity.
- Here are some thumbnails of her works and a few close-up details (see how she sews in her initials). Go to GACC to see a gallery of her work on display.
I almost didn’t go to this art show. It was a frigid night and we had a busy week. I am so glad I went. I guess this was the center’s first official show since the pandemic began and so maybe this is a sign that we are moving out of pandemic funk mode? I am really grateful to live in Henrico County because this center is just one of many artsy places we have.
I also had the chance to talk with the art curator, Lauren Hill, and she agreed to do an interview for the Priorhouse blog. So that will be coming sometime later this year.
When I was making this post, it still puzzled me that I had little interest in the flower paintings. They were very “interesting objects” for sure, but just not that into such still life right now. In contrast, seeing an array of fresh flowers (including some I arranged myself) at Carroll’s funeral service this weekend reminded me that real flowers are more than interesting objects – they bring life, beauty – and scent – that lifts the soul.
Let’s end this post with some snapshots from the exhibits:
Have you been to an art show lately? Do you have any pieces that you like from this post?