The works of two distinctly different Door County artists are the focal point of Fine Line Design Gallery’s final exhibit, which runs from Thursday, August 6 through Thursday, September 10. The exhibit reception occurs the evening of Thursday, August 6 from 4 – 8 pm. Metal sculptor/furniture builder Nathan Hatch and oil painter Pamela Murphy will be featured. The artist’s will be on hand to meet and greet and discuss their works.
Wine and hors d’ oeuvres will be served from 6-8 pm.
Pamela Murphy found her inspiration for her oil paintings through old photographs she would find at garage sales. “I could understand how they ended up there – if someone is unable to remember, the people in the photographs become strangers,” Murphy says. Not wanting these memories to end up in the trash, Murphy began collecting these photos and eventually began using the figures from the images as her “models.” These models are placed on a textured canvas, which Murphy creates by sanding and scraping layers of paint off the canvas.
Murphy likes how the distressed surface of the canvas complements her subject matter, saying, “There’s a sense of history in the canvas revealed in the layers of the paint.” Besides her oil paintings, Murphy is also revealing a series of distemper (glue paint) works, which she has never shown in Door County. Murphy’s oil paintings tend to be more impressionistic; her distemper paintings linear and lyrical.
During the month of August, Pamela will be having a satellite show at Mr. Helsinki’s in Fish Creek. The show will be a retrospective of past works. It will be on display from August 1st – 30th.
Working with his “comfort materials” of wood, metal, and other raw materials, sculptor and furniture builder Nathan Hatch finds his ultimate reward as an artist is when his work becomes part of someone’s daily life – especially when that person might not always be conscious of it. Hatch tends to place more importance on the “structural integrity” of a piece rather than trying to convey a specific emotion. “My work is more about my love for certain design elements – shapes and curves – rather than an emotion I’m hoping to convey.”
Hatch tends to gravitate towards the creation of larger sculptures, saying that they invite investigation among his viewers. “I admire the strong sense of place a larger piece has,” Hatch says. “Structures of that magnitude, no matter how simple they are in form, are always impressive.” Starting out with the most fundamental products that he can, Hatch says it is most rewarding to transform that rough-hewn piece of wood or metal into a polished sculpture or a piece of furniture – and the result of those rewards is materials of wood, metal, and glass translated into crisp and clean designs.