Please enjoy a showcase artist reception on Friday, July 5th from 5-7pm at the Visual Art Center in Nye Beach. The new VAC showcase is on the 2nd floor. There will be refreshments provided.
The bulk of the work in this show are the artistic work of Central Coast Artist Karen Fitzgibbon who recently created pieces just for this show and which have yet to be shown in any other gallery. These pieces include beaded heads, ceramic vases, mixed media figures and flying nymphs.
To Create! To always continue to learn new techniques and various forms of creativity and incorporate them within the fields I now pursue. A challenge excites me, and I feel I can only receive increased satisfaction within my art as long as the learning process sustains and stimulates. It amazes me how just one word or procedure can totally transform how I view a certain process and that’s a huge part of why I continue to create.
There are too many venues of creativity available and I plan on learning as many as possible.
Raised in a creative family with a variety of artistic talents, there was never a time when I don’t remember someone being creative, be it through fiber arts, wood, paint, clay, music, etc. My first recollection of creating stems from Kindergarten where I finger painted a picture with a giraffe eating out of a tree. It won a prize and the opportunity to hang in a local show.
As a self taught artist working mainly in polymer clay, I create multi-media, three dimensional figures ranging in size from 6 inches to over three feet tall. These figures range from whimsical to spiritual, tribal to exotic. I always attempt to reuse and recycle materials in my projects, from plastic to fabric, to hair, beads, shoes, etc depending on the piece. If you pick up a figure and find it’s really light, chances are the base is made from a plastic yogurt or sour cream container!
Other venues I’ve worked in are abstract painting, fabric art, fiber art, fiber and paper mache, and jewelry. I also work in slip casting clay which is low fired and then decorated with a variety of mediums from acrylics to eggshells to cording, etc. Working in wood is my newest delight which has been an amazing process and I plan on continuing creating with wood and somehow incorporating it into the other items I enjoy. The challenge of the work in progress and what it may turn out to be invokes the journey itself.
I have shown work in small weekend shows, monthly shows, galleries, co-ops and Art Walk in Toledo. Have donated work for various charities, been asked to create a piece from an old window for a local charity auction-Festival of Trees and show displays as a member at the local TLC Federal Credit Unions, from Newport to Astoria.
Now showing in Solaluna in Toledo and Ozone Gallery on the Newport Bayfront.