The Bedford Art Gallery will host a reception on Monday, June 13th at 7:00pm located in the Art Gallery inside The Fly Art Center to honor the artist of the month. This month's featured artist is kind of a "what" rather than "Who." The Bedford Art Gallery's featured artist for the month of June is Zephyr Art, which was created in 2001 by Julie Barrett Cataldo and Eppie Cataldo Bailey--sisters in-law who also term themselves sisters in art. They form a close collaboration of creativity that spans from Wartrace, Tennessee--where Julie lives--to Pennsylvania--where Eppie now lives. According to both Julie and Eppie, their long-distance working relationship has not slowed them down a bit (at least not much).
The two travel back and forth in order to get some 'in-person' work done every few months. They also phone one another constantly to discuss ideas, and are always at work on new Zephyr Art creations in their own studios. The two often joke that they dream of the day when a tele-portal machine will bridge the 800 mile gap more quickly than their automobiles, but then confess that anything they might invent would be interesting to look at but would probably scramble their molecules.
Zephyr Art prides itself on promoting their life philosophy of designing and creating using natural recycled or reclaimed materials. The artists sort through thoughts and philosophies to bundle art, design and education for themselves and others. Both women teach their children at home, participate in their community Arts scene and also help to bring art to their local homeschooling communities.
I have met both women, and I have had the pleasure of working with Julie Cataldo in our local Bedford County Homeschool Enrichment Program (HEP) over the past few years. Julie inspires her students to reach inside themselves and tap their creative fountains...the kids are always lined-up in a hurry to sign-up for one of her art classes at HEP registration.
Please take a moment to stop by the Art Gallery and see their beautiful works on display, which features a special selection of multimedia art, including wearable art and jewelry. There is no admission fee or charge for this event and the gallery is open to the public. If you are unable to attend Monday's reception, you can stop by anytime during the entire month of June to see the special works on display (many will be replaced in July, so hurry before they're gone). The Gallery's new summer hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11am-4pm, and on Saturday from 10am-1pm (closed on Wednesday and Sunday). Several new artists and new works are on display in the gallery, all of which was created by local talent. I hope to see some of you there!