Mixed Media Exhibit at Stumptown Art Studio

Opening reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Aug. 7

By Beacon Staff
"Live Oak" by Kristie Caratelli. Courtesy photo.

Stumptown Art Studio is featuring a unique exhibition with an opening reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Aug. 7 First Thursday Gallery Night in Whitefish.

Ceramic artist Stephanie Seguin and Mixed Media artist Kristie Caratelli will present “Running Circles”.  Shape and texture are the elements that bring Stephanie’s and Kristie’s work together in this collaborative show.

“My goal as a maker is to create a sense of wonder and intrigue, to spark a curiosity in how something was made, or to question what the creative process was,” ceramicist Stephanie Seguin said.  “I want to create a desire to touch, to make a mug with a tactile path like that of a quilt, in an effort to pull attention of a viewer so much so that they need to pick it up and explore the piece.  My plates, bowls, cups, etc. should give each viewer and user a sense of joy and satisfaction in their every use.”

Although her work is highly decorative, she makes pieces that are primarily functional so that each piece can find use in an everyday kitchen and daily living spaces.

Mixed-media artist Kristie Caratelli uses circles in her current work to symbolically represent an evolving cycle of life and energy.

“I tell stories in my art, and I do my best work when I let the painting or sculpture unfold or speak to me,” Kristie said.  “Tucked within the layers of paint, texture and paint are positive messages, memories and the importance of being connected to Mother Nature and to each other.”

Kristie draws her inspiration from life experiences, music, adventures in the woods and the amazing people and pets that fulfill her life.

“Running Circles” will be on exhibit at Stumptown Art Studio through Sept. 2, 2014 at 145 Central Avenue in Whitefish, Montana.  The nonprofit community art center is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.  For more details on any of the many art activities please call 406-862-5929 or visit www.stumptownartstudio.org

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