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High Point Neighbors: Door County’s Fine Line Designs Gallery Final Artist Reception of 2009, Thursday, August 6


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.

We hope you can join us for a wonderful evening of beautiful art and pleasant conversation.

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.

High Point Neighbors: Door County’s Fine Line Designs Gallery First Artist Reception of 2009, Saturday, May 23

Fine Line Designs Gallery Artist's Reception

Fine Line Designs Gallery Artist Reception

Three artists inspired by sweeping landscape and nature set the scene for Fine Line Designs Gallery’s first exhibit.   The artist reception for Exhibit I is scheduled for Saturday, May 23 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm. Featured artists  Sally Mortenson-Korolewski, Ken Bronikowski, and Gene Reineking will be on hand to meet and greet visitors as well as discuss their work.  Reineking will also be part of a special artist demo on Sunday, May 24 from 11:00 – 2:00 pm. Exhibit I runs May 15 – June 10.

Sally Mortenson-Korolewski’s medium of choice is egg tempera with watercolor – and says that this specialized technique allows her to build layers of color into her paintings – “similar to the layers of an onion.”  “The egg/water mixture, when added to the paint, creates this beautiful luster,” she says.  “The depth and color that can be achieved is simply beautiful.”  The last student of the late Gerhard C.F. Miller, Mortenson loves to paint grand landscapes and architectural subjects – anything with a “strong element in the work.”  “Gerhard always said that watercolor was the ‘sportiest medium,” Mortenson says, “And I wholeheartedly agree.  It’s an unpredictable and often uncontrollable medium – and that’s precisely why I’m intrigued with it.”

Oil painter Ken Bronkowski often paints with a limited palette of only four or five colors, and he says that these few colors “keep him honest” in his work.  “I try to be very honest in my art, concentrating on draftsmanship, values (light and dark), edges, temperature, and color.”  The particular concentration on temperature rather than values is of great importance to him – an ideal instilled in his from his studies under William Mosby at the Academy of Art in Chicago.  “Mosby’s favorite quote was ‘Never change a value in a painting until you have to. Always change the temperature first – and that’s why I tend to paint warm to cool instead of light to dark.”  Bronkowski tends to paint landscapes and still lifes, but finds that he especially enjoys painting portraits, which are a constant learning device for him.  “Art is a continual learning experience for me,” he says.  “A new painting is akin to attending school.”

A former studio potter, Gene Reineking turned to wood sculpture after a hand injury, and began to draw his inspiration from the creatures and forms that inhabit the woodlands, lakes, and streams that surround his studio in the glacial moraine country of Central Wisconsin.  As a result of his surroundings, his work for the Fine Line show will consist primarily of stylized mammals and birds such as hawks, herons, eagles, and sandhill cranes – “mostly animals that I know,” Reineking says.  “It’s so much more enjoyable to carve something I’m farmiliar with.”  Carving out of wood burl from trees growing in Oregon and California that are often five feet wide by ten feet high, Reineking’s free-standing and wall-mounted sculptures can range anywhere from two to six feet. Gene will be onsite demonstrating his carving techniques on Sunday, May 24 from 11-2pm.