‘Into the Woods’ is a mixed media group exhibit featuring new paintings by Judy Klich and Vicki Sawyer, with featured ceramic artist Paula Smith. Working in different mediums, each artist celebrates the enchanting diversity, beauty and charm of woodland flora and fauna.
When we first heard the title of the latest exhibition at the Lark & Key, the title song of Into the Woods started playing in my head. The name suits Vicki Sawyer’s work perfectly, and we were looking forward to seeing more of her lifelike wildlife paintings.
I may have mentioned that we now own two pieces by Vicki Sawyer, Nigel and Phil which currently reside on the wall in my studio. I love that we have started adding to our art collection, and I’m toying with the idea of writing a post on how you can start building your own gallery wall/act collection even if you’re on a budget.
If you’re interested, let me know in the comments below.
Vicki Sawyer’s fun loving personality and enthusiasm for life are evident in her whimsical paintings. Her influences vary– from past work in graphics, doll making and years of painting murals to an appreciation of all things in nature. As a child she learned to identify plants on nature walks with her grandfather and soaked up her father’s love for birds. On a walk several years ago it occurred to Vicki that if birds could build nests, then they could make hats. This inspired her bird paintings in which each bird wears a ‘hat’ of natural materials, with the series expanding to include other creatures and concepts, such as squirrels in masks and rabbits encountering their toy counterparts. – Lark & Key
Munk in the Middle
Judy Klich earned a Bachelor of Science degree in interior design from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1990. After 18 years as a professional commercial designer, she decided to pursue her lifelong dream to be creative without parameters. In May 2011 she completed her MFA at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Encaustic is her chosen medium and passion. Its unique physical properties—using a mixture of beeswax, dammar resin and oil paint combined with heat—offer a multi-dimensional, heavily textured surface. Judy’s process combines painting, drawing, collage and photograph transfers creating an unexpected spontaneous flow of energy and endless possibilities.
Early Spring Hike
Throughout her career Paula has had a strong focus on sculptural, narrative work – telling stories through the use of female imagery, including the torso, the archetypal house form, and the vessel. She is also interested in the use of Milagros, or miracles in Spanish, and their symbolism. These ideas are also incorporated into her functional pottery, along with more organic references such as wood, leaves, flowers and animals. Her interpretation of these elements is full of whimsy, often playful in a Dr. Seuss kind of way. Paula believes that enjoying food is to enjoy “the whole experience”, the hand-made meal, the hand-made dishes and the soul of the artist. – Lark & Key
Frog and Flower Vase
Cream and Sugar Set
Into the Woods will be on view through November 24th and will be followed by a Jewelry Trunk Show featuring work by Alice Scott of Symbology Jewelry.
About the gallery…
Lark & Key Gallery and Boutique, located in Charlotte, NC’s historic South End neighborhood, offers thoughtfully curated art and functional craft from local, regional and national artists.