Before heading to the Fourth of July holiday with its extended weekend, we were thrilled to have another visiting artist! Suzi Zimmerer, a professional artist in the Louisville community, graciously shared her work among our circle of artists.
Suzi creates amazing images by cutting paper. Best of all, her imagination is open and witty which came through the many examples of her art she brought to us. Here she holds whimsical designs that seem to be part animal/machine hybrids. Suzi is an accomplished draughtsman and much of her art is rooted in the language of drawing. Her artwork has been exhibited all over the United States.
This is a simpler example of one of Suzi’s papercuts which seems related to the imagery found in Mexican folk art. Suzi and her partner, Keith Kleespies once lived in Sante Fe before moving to Louisville. One of the StudioWorks artists, Natalie Lanier, especially responded to Suzi’s elegant images of stylish women. After the presentation, Natalie was inspired to create a cut paper artwork of her own! Another StudioWorks artist, Marie Vample, really connected with one of Suzi’s collage sketchbooks.
Bradley Bohannon fell in love with the masks that Suzi made and brought along and he entertained us with his Godzilla impression! I like that you can see his big smile despite having most of his face hidden. A couple of weeks a go, Bradley made a very nice ceramic mask of his own.
After her informal presentation, Suzi made the rounds to see what the StudioWorks artists were currently making. Carol showed both Suzi and Keith her newest commissions in progress. Carol is doing two portraits of beloved pet dogs in embroidery. Her needle work keeps getting better and better!
Julie Baldyga has been working on a series of oil pastels featuring electrical workers from around the world repairing transformers. Here Julie shows Suzi something about her own amazing art making techniques.
This is an example of Julie’s series which highlights electrical workers switching out ceramic insulators while standing on substations? Talking with Julie…we all learn more about electrical equipment which she likes to research on the internet. In the following image, you can tell the workers are from India because the one on the right has a red dot on his forehead.
Other new pieces in the gallery include a nice acrylic painting on paper that Chimel Ford painted. The subject speaks for itself! Of late, Chimel has been on a productive and positive roll.
StudioWorks keeps growing with the addition of new artists. Among are newest is Alexander B. who painted this scene of two people standing near a house. Alexander likes to script the dialog and action in some of his pictures. In this painting all his words have been covered over with paint. We will try to get this young artist to leave a bit of the words visible to give viewers a better sense for what is happening. Alexander also loves trains and so we expect to see some of that imagery popping up every now and then. The staff loves the way he presents the human figure.
Bradley created a very entertaining color pencil and crayon piece inspired by the newest Green Lantern movie. In his drawing, the staff and artists of StudioWorks have all been transformed into super heroes ready to do battle with all that threaten our fair planet. Nobody better mess with us!
StudioWorks would like to thank Suzi Zimmerer for sharing her art work and time with us. It is through these visiting artist encounters that our artists receive so much positive reinforcement and underscores how universal creativity can be. We are lucky to live in such a vibrant and giving art community that exists in Louisville and look forward to other visiting artist presentations. Before ending, the StudioWorks artists have had a series of collaborative in-house projects going on and one of them features lots of cut up fabric being braided and knotted together. So far, Terry and Rebecca have gotten into this the most, but other artists have contributed as well. What this fabric will become is still being decided and that is the exciting and creative part. We will keep you posted on its progress! Thanks for stopping by!!