Art at the Co-op

In September we welcome Carolyn Doe as artist of the month. Carolyn's show will open Friday, September 16, with a chance to meet the artist between 5 and 6:30pm that evening. During those hours you will have the opportunity to purchase silk scarves, archival prints, and cards, in addition to the pieces on display on the art wall.

Carolyn Doe is an accomplished artist in many mediums. Here is what she says about her art on her new web page, www.carolyndoe.com

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“I am self-taught which only means I just played until I figured something out. My ongoing education in art takes place through my own passion and pleasure in the exploration of creative processes.

“Always excited by fiber arts and having been raised by a seamstress, I started working in batik on silk fabric over 25 years ago. Batik has become my voice. When dye touches silk fabric it spreads like crazy. The wax creates a boundary. It is this control/no control that captivates me for hours. Through this ethereal quality, I try to convey the essence of a place and of the creatures who dwell there.

“About 2 years ago, I took a class on palette knife painting in oils. Thick textures and vibrant colors. A whole new world is now revealing itself to me though this medium. My inspiration comes mostly from the natural landscape that surrounds me at whatever place I am traveling through, working in, or residing at. My work as a field camp manager and cook around the state of Alaska allowed me to experience wonderful, wild and remote places. I have been as far south as Antarctica as well. Like the cold, the beauty of Antarctica's changing light cuts deep to the bone.

“Hours spent observing, then I go indoors and create. I like the movement of birds. So they come and go in my paintings.

“And the silence of trees. There is enough inspiration for me to last several lifetimes.

“I currently have work in galleries and private collections all over the U.S., as well as in several countries around the world, including Antarctica.”

Carolyn will have some of her newest work on display in this show: eco-printed silk fabric and palette knife and oils. Eco-printing involves extracting tannins and pigments from certain leaves to print on fabric. When it is dry, Carolyn attaches the silk to stretched canvas and uses palette knives and oil paints to complete the painting. I look forward to seeing her new talents evolving.

I know you will enjoy her art and the chance to meet this amazing artist. And remember during the opening only, 5 – 6:30pm on Friday September 16, you will have the chance to purchase silk scarves, archival prints and cards. Carolyn's show will continue through Wednesday, October 12.