| June 14th - "Insects
and the Art of Being Beautiful"
The Wardrobe is proud to present a fitting event for the season: Insects and the Art of Being Beautiful; on Friday, June 14th from 7-9 pm. This event is free and open to the public, as part of the Second Friday Art About in Davis. For more information, call The Wardrobe at 530.756.1128 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The evening will feature the ethereal artwork of Yolo County artist Shelley Lafreniere along with Emmet Brady, Cultural Entomologist and host of the Insect News Network multimedia and radio program. The Wardrobe will also showcase pendants sustainably crafted from real butterfly wings.
Emmet will give a brief talk at 8pm about the powerful influence that insects have had on some of the most famous and influential works of creativity in the human world: fine art, dance, musical composition, graphic arts, cinema and more. Included will be MC Escher, Romeo and Juliet, Salvador Dali, Charles Darwin, Vladimir Nabakov, and Peter Jackson. He will also explain with detailed images that show some of the most remarkable creatures on the planet.
Lafrenieres artwork involves an intricate process of layering colored stencils on top of one another in a process she calls stencil and gesture. Her imagery extends to all aspects of nature and is inspired by the art of the natural world. As she explains:
I have always had a visual connection with an audio landscape. Living in a rural setting, I hear seasonal compositions tirelessly performed by the natural world. Roosters, hens and songbirds open my day, winds come, leaves flicker, the meter of chickens scratching, dragonfly shadows swirling, rhythms are all around. Movements contrast the stagnant landscape. These are the patterns I seek to express in my paintings. I use water based paints and stencils to create multi-layered pieces that hint at psychedelia.
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