EBSQ Spotlight on Portraits & Figurative Art: Sandy Farley

This month’s featured gallery is Portraits & Figurative Art. Portraits are the artistic representation of an individual or individuals with the face as the focus. The term “figurative art” most frequently refers to the representational depiction of a human or animal figure. Often they are deeply personal – either to the artist, because of the emotions being expressed by the subject or because of the emotions these works elicit from us. They delight, disturb and connect us. During the month of May, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of the EBSQ artists that create some of these evocative pieces of art.

Sandy Farley

Hee-Haw - Sandy Farley

Animals have very rich social and emotional lives.  Their capacity for empathy, their delight in play: these are the very things that we first seek out in them when we wish to bond with or understand them.  I often take my artwork to middle ground between animal and human — a place where characteristics of both are blended, and perhaps a bit of humor is added to sweeten the mix.  My human and animal portraits share these traits. – Sandy Farley

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EBSQ Spotlight on Fibre Art: Lisa Monica Nelson

This month’s featured gallery is Fibre Art. The fibre arts involve creating art with fibre. It sounds neat and simple, but the fibre arts are so varied that it is like saying that there are fish in the sea; it’s hardly an adequate description. Fibre art includes spinning and weaving. Also quilting and collage. It encompasses sculpture and apparel and felting and more. Fibre art is any piece of art made with fibre and it’s application is almost endless.

Lisa Monica Nelson

Tuxedo Cat Art Quilt - Lisa Monica Nelson
Tuxedo Cat Art Quilt - Lisa Monica Nelson

Traditionally, I’m a painter, but I’ve always enjoyed painting fabric and enhancing with embroidery.  During the 70s, I painted a heck of a lot of denim jackets and jeans in high school for my peers and actually embroidered an entire pair of jeans for a boyfriend at the time.  What I would do to have them back today (the jeans, not the boyfriend).  A few years ago, I learned about this thing called “Art Quilts” – It was an epiphany to learn there was a real name and an art category for what I was doing!  Basically, I love to paint on unbleached muslin and take it from there with sewing, vintage buttons and perhaps a hand-dyed textile or two. There’s something about using fabric and stitches that adds another dimension to creating.  I love texture and color, so the use of textiles in my art is very natural.  I’m learning more about fibre art everyday thanks to the many blogs out there and the very generous quilters who share their vast fountain of knowledge.  I’ve also explored art dolls using fabric, dyes and paints and I must warn you, it’s very addicting.  Recently, I purchased a sewing machine which means you’ll be seeing more of my fibre art in the near future! – Lisa Monica Nelson

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