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THE MAGIC OF TRANSFORMATION
Featuring: Lois Lawrence & Carol Schmedinghoff
March is the month in which New Englanders plant seeds in damp soil and wait expectantly for the mystery of re-birth to show itself. Suddenly transformation begins all around, and nature’s creativity inspires our own.
Members of the Artist’s Cooperative Gallery of Westerly will celebrate the coming of the new season with a new show, “Alchemy” – The Magic of Transformation.
This show will feature acrylic paintings by artist member Lois Lawrence of Stonington, Connecticut and hand-carved birds set in 3 dimensional and hand painted dioramas by member Carol Schmedinghoff of Cranston, Rhode Island.
Ms. Lawrence paints images drawn variously from nature and travels, from memory and from fantasy. Some are abstract and others representational. Most of Lawrence’s paintings are relatively small in scale. They are painted on un-framed wood panels with deep cradles around which the image normally extends. Lawrence then coats the finished paintings with two or more poured layers two-part acrylic resin. Bubbles which naturally occur in the resin mixture during the mixing process are first removed using flame from a propane torch before each coat is cured for a minimum of 72 hours to form a crystal clear, glass-like and transformational finish.
Dioramas – life-like 3-dimensional re-creations of the natural world- first came to prominence in the late 18th and early 19th century, according to art historians. ACGOW artist member Carol Schmedinghoff carries on this great tradition by creating tiny hand-carved birds. The artist carves birds of various species most often from balsa and pine. She then builds realistic habitats for her small creatures with materials from nature and from other materials such as clay. Schmedinghoff uses watercolors to paint backgrounds and then arranges her dioramas behind glass in deep frames. The final result transports the viewer into a magical little world where one imagines birdsong and breezes.
Carol Schmedinghoff grew up fascinated by her natural surroundings and has traveled extensively along the East Coast. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Technology and enjoyed a 30 year career as a floral designer before dedicating herself full time to her art.
As part of its ongoing mission to support the arts in the Greater Westerly/Pawcatuck area, the ACGOW features the work of various groups and organizations in its Back Room Art Gallery (BRAG) . This month, the BRAG room will feature the art of students at North Stonington’s Wheeler High School.
Special Thanks to Perks and Corks for donating wine for all our events!
Special Events coming to the gallery!
Coming in April:
The Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly is celebrating its 25th year. Special events throughout the year will celebrate this landmark anniversary, culminating with a special invitational show in September celebrating all the artists who have been part of ACGOW over the past quarter century.
With new shows and openings each month and special Westerly Arts Café events, there’s always something new to see, and experience.