Tuesday, November 15 | Submitted by Lori Radford | Downtown Central
Fresh Gallery presents featured fiber artist Carol Penprase and abstract painter John Payne for December Art Walk
Carol Penprase: Carol is a graduate of Wayne State University with a bachelor in Fine Arts. She studied pottery early on but recently has explored combining traditional art forms with found objects or using non art materials in her work. She considers herself to be a Feral Fiber Artist, using embroidery to mesh abstract surface designs with forms
derived from a variety of surfaces ranging from cast off automobile parts to beads and mirrors. Her most recent works combine encaustic, or hot wax, and fiber.
Carol claims her art is possibly the only spontaneous thing she does. She describes a particular process that takes place that does not involve pre-planning but more playing with the materials along with sketches to create a finished project.
Her latest challenge involves attempting to incorporate memories and photos of a recent trip to Ireland.
In keeping with Fresh Gallery’s goal of having art gifts under fifty dollars she will be Displaying small original pieces of art, books cards and journals along with her larger art pieces in December.
John L. Payne: John claims that from an early age he was not content with comics and coloring books. He claims “the graphics were just too small so I would reproduce them on a much larger scale. Today, I still enjoy making large pieces of art that blur the lines between art, science and nature.” John says he likes watching his craft grow over time. Sometimes he paints the same basic concept several times just so he can watch the process of evolution occur.
“I am an expressive painter and like to use the words spontaneous, organic, synthesis and uninhibited to describe my art.” He works mostly in acrylics as he explains they offer the artist a tremendous amount of flexibility. His work often contains social commentary which he enjoys discussing with the viewer.
“Come and see my work and the work of others at Fresh Gallery in the heart of downtown Springfield!”