EPHRAIM, WI (June 9, 2016) – Fine Line Designs Gallery is embarking on the next exhibit of the 2016 summer season, with the premiere of Exhibit II on Friday, June 10. An artist reception for the exhibit is scheduled for Saturday, June 11 from 4:00 – 7:00pm, and will feature oil painter Dean Bradshaw, fiber artist Martha Fieber, acrylic painter Richard Patt, and glass artist Robinson Scott. Fieber will also be at Fine Line on Sunday, June 12 from 11:00am – 2:00pm, demonstrating her intricate fiber art techniques.
Growing up far from Door County in the Santa Monica Mountains in southern California, oil painter Dean Bradshaw spent every moment he could hiking and observing the intricacies of light and form. This connection with nature was translated to paper and canvas at a young age. After a successful career in furniture building and fabrication, Bradshaw decided to paint full time—and his home in the mountains of Utah, there’s no shortage of inspiration. Relying on good memory, he works en plein air—looking for strong design elements and dramatic lighting. “Painting directly from nature means the world to me,” Bradshaw says. “It opens up new dimensions in the way I see light and color, and deepens my appreciation for nature and life as a whole.”
Fiber artist Martha Fieber has long been a favorite a Fine Line, and with good reason. What looks at first glance to be oil paintings of trees and forests are actually “Landscapes in Thread”—created with hundreds of thin stitches of intricate embroidery. Fieber’s work is about texture, technique, pattern, and detail—and she attributes much of the success in planning and executing her complex and detailed landscapes to her education and subsequent career in engineering. Using all kinds of threads in her work—but only four types of stitches—Fieber achieves an incredible amount of depth and perspective with her work. She’s certain that she’ll never run out of landscapes to render in her unique way, saying, “Nature has infinite variation and beauty. With such a vast resource, inspiration is limited.”
Even if you’ve seen countless paintings of rural panoramas, sturdy barns, and peaceful farms, we’re certain you’ve never seen them with the vibrant color and texture of acrylic painter Richard Patt. Patt has focused on the barns of the Wisconsin landscape for several years, and his love for these structures and their environs can be traced back to his childhood growing up on a farm west of Milwaukee in Waukesha County. In addition to the bright colors, pronounced shapes, and “barnwood” texture of his works, there’s another theme—a strong horizontal linear quality. Patt attributes this to another Richard—American artist Richard Diebenkorn, whose early work is associated with Abstract Expressionism.
Robinson Scott’s hand-blown glass is created using many Swedish color layering techniques, combined with his own variations, developed and perfected through 40 years of experimental evolutions in glass. Each piece creates a three-dimensional viewing experience, combining subtle color presence and complex design with each individual form. Scott says that in nearly four decades of working with glass, he still walks into the studio with anticipation. “Glass, by its own nature, is an incredible and ideal material to work with, as many of its best qualities are present before creative ideas are expressed in it,” he says. “The possibilities it offers are never ending.”
Exhibit II will run from Friday, June 10 through Monday July 4.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.