I am sitting here by the flicker of a dwindling campfire, still burning from last night, surrounded by stately old trees in the middle of Peninsula State Park up in beautiful Door County. And as I gaze at the abundant green-ness of everything, I think about how different this landscape will look in just a month or so.
Yes, fall is in the air and Mother Nature will soon be boasting her most radiant of colors for one last hurrah before the cold winter grips us. And this transformation of nature will be the focus of the new installation of our Fall Art Gallery!
Join us this Thursday, September 10th from 6 to 9pm as we celebrate “Wings in Flight”, the aptly titled collection of interesting and unique interpretations of nature by our showcased local artists, Angela Moulton, Luisa Castellanos, and Donna Castellanos.
To artist Angela Moulton, Wings in Flight is a literal interpretation of one of her favorite subjects, birds.
“I really feel inspired by the details in nature that often get overlooked in a busy modern lifestyle and can only be noticed by slowing down and being quiet,” said Moulton. “That is what is motivating my bird paintings.”
Moulton says that birds have such unique personalities, and she thus tries to capture them in her paintings.
And it strikes me that birds are the perfect example of how nature is transforming bit by bit every single day. Fall isn’t just an abrupt occurrence that happens – it’s a slow march, minute by minute. Think about spring and early summer, when the birds would be heralding the early morning in chorus during the wee hours! Now, the sun doesn’t peek out until nearly 6am and the birds are equally as lazy.
Transformation, for artist Luisa Castellanos, means stretching her “wings” and experimenting with different mediums. “I wanted to expand from my usual medium of fiber arts to other sculpture forms and mixed medium works. When I first began making my plaster Pods earlier this year, I discovered my obsession with repetition. In a way repetition can be soothing and we see a lot of it in nature.”
Luisa says that although her Pods don’t necessarily have “wings” like the title of the exhibition, they are abstract nature-like forms that fly above as an installation piece.
Luisa has been an entrepreneurial artist since the tender age of eleven and is well known for her plush toys, Pock-it Palz, which she sews and designs. “Creating artwork has been more than just a hobby to me. Strangely enough it’s my passion for creativity and entrepreneurship that drove me to earn my degree in Business from DePaul University.” She has also worked for a number of creative small businesses including an ice cream shop, a toy store, and an art museum.
And simple, everyday objects are given a new life and transformed in the works of our Art Director Donna Castellanos. “My inspiration comes from the found objects that I hunt and discover,” says Donna.
“I love the smell, feel, craftsmanship and the beautiful typeset in old books, dictionaries and encyclopedias. Many of these books are left behind at estate sales and thrift shops, left for me to rescue from a tragic dumpster end. These pages and covers have been used in my series of tree art pieces. I guess you could say it’s representing the very beginning step in the creation of a book…a tree,” she said.
An old and favorite book, filled with Albrecht Durer prints and illustration, was the inspiration for a new piece.
“His renaissance painting of a hedgehog was the inspiration for my mixed media hedgehog that includes hundreds of rusty pins,” she said.
Full of color and vibrancy, our new exhibit is not to be missed! Fall is in Flight starting this week and we hope that you will join us!