Monday, May 19, 2008

Perfectly Imperfect

I love to visit the studios of other artists. I enjoy seeing where and how they work. Are their spaces pristine or creatively cluttered? Do they have a dedicated space to create? Or do they spread out all over their home?

Regardless of their preferences, most times when I visit an artists studio, I find pockets of their creations on the walls, lining the shelves, or in bowls and jars everywhere. I'm drawn to these treasures like a moth to a flame. When I say, "This is beautiful! Why isn't it in a gallery?!?!?!" The answer inevitably, "It's a second."

They say that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, and I can attest to the fact that this is the case with most artists that I know. Often, even after they've explained in great detail to me why their work is not-ready-for-prime-time, I'm still at a loss.

I love the imperfections. In artwork and in life, they keep things interesting.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

On Friday, May 2nd from 5:00 – 9:00, Artist Alley will host an opening for Moore County Metal Sculptors, Karen Taylor and George Carling. Refreshments will be served, and George and Karen will be present throughout the evening to discuss their creations.

George and Karen began creating contemporary metal furniture together after an unsuccessful search for furnishings for their own home. They draw inspiration from each other and their varied backgrounds. Karen lends an artistic influence to their work, while George considers the weld quality and the fit of each piece.

They also happen to be two of the nicest people you'll ever meet! I hope that you'll be able to join us.