Summer brings out the best in mixed media artists Meredith Draper and Jennifer French with their show, “An Easy Breezy Summer”, at Backstreet Gallery, 1421 Bay Street. The gallery is proud to honor these two artists and their fanciful creations, at a reception July 13th, 3- 5:00 p.m.
Meredith says, “I’m inspired by oddments that can be blended together to create an original piece, either free-standing, a wall hanging or jewelry. The hunt for these oddments in thrift stores and garage sales is half the fun.”
Storing these found treasures: watch parts, images of people, feathers, bird houses, beads, and much more are boxed, stacked and perched in her studio; they wait to be married and reassembled into a marvelous piece of art. What better way to recycle?
Her ideas come while she works, as she does very little “planning ahead”. With its own individual flavor and bit of whimsy, the pieces come together in a one-of-a-kind piece dubbed, “Altered Art.” After joining a local group of Altered Artists, it opened the door for her to become an Altered Artist extraordinaire.
Jennifer French employs her marvelous sense of joy and wit in all of her work, especially her ever-popular card series, “Gull’s First Impressions©” and also her individual bookmarks and post cards, bearing inspirational quotes and original watercolors. ”My paintings usually end up with a whimsical and humorous touch, and my style of art reflects my simple joys in life. Many have said my creations make them smile inside, which of course gives me warm fuzzies all over.”
She has an adventurous spirit and enjoys exploring new media. Her latest work includes carved and painted linoleum blocks and colorful watercolors on archival stretched canvas, preserved by Dorland’s beeswax. This adventurous spirit also is apparent in her two teen novels, Fidgets and Hoot Owl Shares the Dawn. Who knows what she’ll create next?
After seeing the need for a co-operative gallery in a town with so many gifted artists, French was the impetus and the inspiration for the creation of Backstreet Gallery. Getting together with other enthusiastic artists, Backstreet was formed in 2005 and has been growing in stature ever since.
Come enjoy the afternoon with these two artists and find out more about their whimsical art, July 13th, 3 – 5:00 p.m. There will be great hors d’oeuvres and the art of 24 others local artists.