Fine Line Designs Gallery’s 2018 season continues with a second exhibit featuring two Door County-based artists and longtime favorites of the gallery: oil painter Pamela Murphy, and sculpture artist Stephanie Evans. The two artists will be on hand for an artist reception to celebrate the new exhibit, scheduled for Thursday, July 5 from 4—7 pm.
Pamela Murphy’s work has long revolved around old photographs and vintage memories –whether those memories are of people, animals, places, or structures. Her subject matter is presented on textured, disconnected backgrounds, which serve to separate them from their original context. Rendered for the viewer’s personal connections, these icons serve the purpose of being “familiar strangers”—and viewers can bring their own specific histories to the works. In Murphy’s world, a single image can mean different things to different people—with the goal to have the viewer find a bit of themselves in each of her works.
Through a the much-different medium of ceramics, Stephanie Evans’s work hopes to convey a similar emotion—the transfer of story and the feeling of familiarity. Through her study of the dress form—and the stories that dress-wearer might be able to tell or the lives she’s lives, Evans offers her viewers a rare change to interact with the imagined wearer’s thoughts, dreams, and desires. Her dresses also offer the chance to be immersed in figurative work that isn’t too specific to connect her viewers to the characters she is creating. Evans’s pieces are both comforting and inviting—creating a feeling of knowing the wearer of the dress, and still wanting to learn more.
Exhibit II will run through Wednesday, August 6 at Fine Line, with the third exhibit of the season premiering shortly after on Thursday, August 9.
Fine Line Designs Gallery, located in scenic Door County, is housed in a 1950s chicken coop that was renovated in 1999 and turned into a multi-level gallery space. The gallery showcases seasonal, monthly rotating exhibitions, highlighting the works of selected artists along with the general display of works by over 100 regional and nationally-acclaimed artists. The gallery features original paintings, glass, jewelry, clay, custom wood furnishings, sculpture, and fiber rich in color and texture in addition to a two-acre sculpture garden adorned with pieces created from bronze, stone, metal, copper, and stainless steel. For more information, please visit www.finelinedesignsgallery.com or call (920) 854-4343.