Flavors of Place

By on May 24, 2018

Two artists hang works that capture subtle moments in time and place

Works by Adam Wolpert (left) and Katy Ann Fox debut at Center for the Arts Thursday and Friday.

When Katy Ann Fox bought a Polaroid-like camera, she noticed the simplicity of colors the camera captured was akin to the colors in her work. She began to use it to photograph the landscapes she wanted to paint.

“I like painting from poor photo references,” Fox said. “It demands more of my brain and my paint.”

Fox’s latest show “Hit Pause” features work inspired by the images she’s taken with her camera and its instant photo prints.

The exhibit is a continued exploration of the pace of life. Fox isn’t drawn to the big vistas many landscape artists gravitate toward. She often photographs fleeting moments, those in which she wants to spend more time.

Fox plein air paints, as well as works from photographs she takes herself. The simple snapshots from the camera inform Fox’s design, color choice and paint texture. Working from photographs makes her work “pure and honest,” she said.

“I get to design them more and pay attention to brush stroke and texture. All the information isn’t there but I was there. My expression is my filter with my paint.”

Her work tends to feel peaceful, she said. Her art is a way to share something positive. Her latest exhibit, which features work in her primary medium of oil paints, is a tribute to what’s important to her. She hopes people can relate to it as they walk through the gallery.

Fox grew up in Idaho and was equally a natural at math as she was with art. She went on to earn a master’s degree in fine art from the Academy of Art University.

“Katy is one of the most interesting and exciting artists we have working in the valley right now,” said Carrie Richer, creative initiatives coordinator at the Center for the Arts. “There is a really amazing sense of humor that comes through all of her work and I’m struck by the maturity and restraint in her work. She captures one quick moment and you kind of get sucked into the painting and it becomes so powerful with the weight and way she paints it.”

While Fox’s work hangs in the Theater Gallery, a series of paintings by California artist Adam Wolpert hang in the Center for the Arts’ conference room. Wolpert’s “Pond Series” features 70 paintings of the same scene painted throughout a year.

“It’s so easy for artists to get carried away with subject matter and looking at something and wanting to change the view, and this is a good example of how you can look at one location and every day it’s different and you notice those subtle differences,” Richer said.

Wolpert’s work complements Fox’s, Richer said. Each painting is beautiful on its own, but the series has a greater impact when viewed all together, Richer said. Its new for Center for the Arts to show work in the conference room.

“The series really looked like it belonged in that room,” Richer said. “I’m excited about environments and how art changes environments. This is the perfect opportunity to take this meditative, beautiful series and use those calming effects in the conference room where there are always meetings and such happening.”

Together, the two artists capture the nuances of landscape, Richer said. “These shows are almost like a launch of plein air season.”

 

Fox’s show hangs in the Theater Gallery in the Center for the Arts through June 26. She will discuss her work at an artist talk noon on Thursday. A reception for the show is at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Wolpert’s show hangs Thursday through August 20. He gives an artist talk at noon on Friday. Later that day there will be an opening reception at 5:30 p.m. in the conference room at the Center for the Arts.

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