EPHRAIM, WI (May 23, 2016) – Fine Line Designs Gallery is excited to announce its first opening reception of the 2016 summer season. Exhibit I features the work of oil painters Debra Reid Jenkins, Liz Maltman and Bonnie Paruch as well as the work of bronze artists Jack and Alice McLean. The reception for Exhibit I is scheduled for Saturday, May 28 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with Bonnie Paruch on hand for an onsite artist demonstration on Sunday, May 29 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Inspirations abound for oil painter Debra Reid Jenkins. Having original training in portraiture which lead to children’s book and magazine illustration, Jenkins combines this more formal training with plein air to offer a much different approach to a typical landscape. “I view a landscape as a ‘portrait’ of a particular place and time,” Jenkins says. “Having learned what makes a person’s face uniquely theirs, I use those same observational skills when I approach a landscape.” The result is a canvas that behaves more like a doorway rather than an object on the wall—whether that’s a serene beachscape, orchards in bloom, or the big water of Lake Michigan.
Door County oil, acrylic and pastel painter Liz Maltman is thrilled to be part of her first Fine Line show. Typically an artist who loves to paint en plein air, Maltman says her work is all about experimentation with a healthy dose of color. Her bright and innovative use of color, technique, and pattern is a representation of her love for the outdoors—as well as her background in fabric and design. “My interest in silent sports really complements my work nicely,” Maltman says. “I paint outside whenever I can—and when I’m not able to do that, I depend on my imagination and memory.”
Longtime Door County artist Bonnie Paruch has been drawing and painting the wonders of nature—and life—for as long as she can remember. “I’m absolutely seduced by the beauty I see around me,” Paruch says. “I’m inspired by color, light, and texture—and that, combined with the energy of life itself and my goal to communicate that emotion and sense of wonder—is the driving force in my painting.” Above all, Paruch considers herself a storyteller, and says that a successful painting goes beyond simply recording the facts to create a story that can be left to a viewer’s interpretation.
Jack and Alice McLean create their one-of-a-kind bronze constructions with hot process patinas—a process that has evolved through Jack’s 40-year dialogue with materials. During those four decades, McLean says he’s “learned when to impose my will and when to listen,” and that it’s important that his work retains the evidence of his hands and thoughts. From bronze paintings with patinas formed into simple towers and buildings to three-dimensional bonze and copper works with deconstructed surface elements and found objects, the result is a body of work that seeks to become part of a viewer’s visual vocabulary.
Exhibit I will continue to run through Tuesday, June 7 with Exhibit II beginning a few days later on Friday, June 10.
Fine Line Designs Gallery, located in scenic Door County, Wisconsin, encompasses an eclectic mix of original paintings, glass, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, custom wood furnishings, and fiber art created by more than 90 nationally known artists. The multi-level gallery displays work indoors as well as throughout a beautifully landscaped two-acre sculpture garden, which showcases are in bronze, stone, metal, ceramic, copper, and stainless steel. A second gallery, located adjacent to the larger gallery space, features a variety of unique pieces. For more information, please visit www.finelinedesignsgallery.com or call 920.854.4343.