The first exhibition of 2019 opened up at the Lark & Key’s brand new East Blvd location that they share with fellow artist Charlotte Foust. Rabbit Rabbit – A Celebration of New Beginnings features artwork by Katrina Berg, Kim Ferreira, Duy Huynh, Diane Hoeptner, Carl Linstrum, Vicki Sawyer and Mary Alayne Thomas, and ceramics by Kristin Keiffer, Justin Rothshank, Luba Sharapan and Paula Smith. The exhibition will be on view through March 30th.
Born in Vietnam, Duy Huynh has long been fascinated with the multi-layered ambiguities and nuances of certain words and phrases of the English language. As a visual artist he uses symbols and metaphors in conjunction with puns and hybrid words to add mystery to his narrative paintings. Images such as moths/butterflies, boats, trains, musical instruments, flowers, trees, and umbrellas have become his personal vocabulary, used in deliberate combinations to hopefully evoke introspection and a sense of wonderment.
Check out my interview Duy Huynh here.
Vicki Sawyer’s fun loving personality and enthusiasm for life are evident in her paintings. Her influences vary – from past work in graphics, doll making and years of painting murals, to an appreciation to 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 of birds. On a walk one day, it occurred to Vicki that if birds could build nests, then they could make hats. This notion has led to an expanding series of whimsical bird and animal paintings. Vicki has moved beyond the canvas as well, licensing her well loved images for a variety of products such as paper goods, needlepoint designs and more.
Mary Alayne Thomas
Fairy tales fascinate Mary Alayne Thomas. She creates modern day versions, capturing magical moments – both real and imagined. The wildlife, forests and dark beauty of her home in Portland, Oregon, and childhood memories of wandering the mesas in Santa Fe, New Mexico inspire Mary’s work. Beginning with watercolor and India ink, she then coats her paintings with encaustic, sometimes layering media such as gold leaf and silkscreen images between the coats of wax. The addition of encaustic adds a sense of atmosphere and mystery to her ephemeral, luminous watercolor paintings.
Check out my interview with Mary last year here.
Carl Linstrum is a professional artist and full-time professor of foundation studies at SCAD Atlanta. The foundation of his work is beauty, in both subject and technique; however, his choices are motivated by his desire for deeper meaning and communication through visual means. His current work addresses themes of family history, the functions (and fallacies) of memory and the importance of spirituality.
Diane Hoeptner began her creative career with a BA in Studio Arts at Cal State Northridge, then worked as an animator for video games and film. Today she is best known for her oil paintings inspired by the ethereal beauty of florals and animals, primarily cats. She finds cats to be the perfect embodiment of sweetness and snark, and portraying them in a way that doesn’t reduce them to sentiment is very important to her. She is dazzled by the variety of outcomes that can be achieved within still life painting, and influenced by her inner ‘design junky’. Visual components like opposites on the color wheel or the passage of dark to light are springboards for her compositions.
Kim’s playful, charming oil paintings feature an array of anthropomorphic creatures, inspired by simple pleasures and the exuberant enjoyment of life. Her winding path as an artist began with a B.F.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Soon after, she opened an art gallery which she owned and operated for ten years. Kim now works from her home studio while her daughter naps. She is also a venturous baker, a soy candle-maker, a dreamer, a cat lover, a not-so-neat freak, a craigslist addict, obsessed with her garden and brakes for squirrels.
Katrina Berg received her Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, then followed a childhood dream and entered the Architecture Program at University Nevada Las Vegas. Summers spent abroad in France and Italy, fueled a love affair for art, design & an obsession with painting in oil. Her oil paintings are recorded memories of favorite places or things with a good dose of pastel colors to keep life sweet. When she’s not painting, gardening, or concocting with her kiddos in the kitchen, she loves to spend time outside with her family.
The has several rooms featuring work by both the Lark & Key Galleries artists and works by Charlotte Foust and guests could wander through the rooms, delicious treats in hand to see both new pieces and those previously on view in their brand new home.
About the Gallery:
LARK & KEY was established in 2008 and is celebrated for its diverse selection of art and functional craft from local, regional and national artists. The gallery interweaves a calming and rustic sensibility with an eye towards the slightly whimsical, the subtly surreal and quiet nature. Sandy runs the day-to-day operations of the gallery, pulling from her background in graphic design, jewelry making, visual display and textiles. Duy is a full time studio artist, filling the walls at Lark & Key and other galleries around the country with his contemplative and often whimsical, dreamlike paintings. Together they have created a warm, inviting and inspiring space that features a carefully curated selection of artwork, pottery and jewelry.
New Gallery Hours:
Wednesday through Friday from 10-3, during an Open House every Second Saturday 10-3 and Second Sunday 12-3, by appointment or online at www.larkandkey.com