Fine Line Designs Gallery is one of our favorite places in Door County and we think their contemporary collection of art is something everyone would appreciate. The gallery is featuring a reception Thursday and we think you should go. If you can’t make it to the opening reception, we think you should stop by and visit this exhibit.
From Shari Gransee at Fine Line Designs Gallery – right next door!
Two of Door County’s beloved female artists, oil painter Pamela Murphy and ceramic sculptor Stephanie Evans, will exhibit their work together in Fine Line Design Gallery’s third exhibit of the 2012 season. The opening reception of Exhibit III is scheduled for Thursday, July 12 from 4-7 pm, with both artists on hand to discuss their newest work.
Pamela Murphy’s collection of old photographs she discovered at a garage sale has provided an endless stream of inspiration for her oil paintings. “I understood how they ended up there,” she says. “If someone is unable to remember the details of the photograph, the people in them eventually become strangers.” Wanting the memories of the photograph’s subjects to live on, Murphy began using the figures from the images as her “models.” She paints the figures on a textured canvas, which is created by sanding and scraping different layers of paint. Murphy says the distressed quality of the painting’s background lends a sense of time and place to the works.
Like a writer conveys characters and setting through the medium of words, sculptor Stephanie Evans creates history and stories through the medium of clay, specifically through the protagonist of the dress form. “I utilize the form as a vessel for the adornments I place both inside and outside the sculpture,” she says. “These objects, reliefs, and textures combine to tell the story of the imagined wearer’s personal thoughts and desires.”
The symbolism that exists in these embellishments reflects the complex identities of her sculptures.