This month art lovers are in for a special treat...2 for 1. The Bedford Art Gallery will host a reception on Monday, August 8th at 7:00pm located in the Art Gallery inside The Fly Art Center, to honor two very unique and talented women as the featured artist(s) for the month of August--Eva Berg of Christiana, TN and Clover Burton of Shelbyville.
Berg is native of Sweden who followed her heart to America after falling in love with and marrying an American gentleman several years ago. For as long as she can remember, Berg has enjoyed working with her hands and making things to treasure. She enjoys all types of medium, but her true passion was discovered less than two years ago after trying the age old craft of needle felting hats...she loved it and was instantly "hooked!" When asked, she said "it helps that I grow my own fiber, well not me personally but my Pygora goats that I raise, and my alpacas boys." Berg lives on a small farm in Christiana known as Everich Farm, and welcomes visitors to the farm anytime. Last fall she got involved with the fiberguild that meets at The Fly Arts Center, and in November of 2010 she was juried in to the new Art Gallery. And thus began the journey of the 'felt hat lady,' as she is affectionately known by many of the Art Gallery's visitors.
I would personally guess that--along with the scripture inscribed pottery created by fellow gallery artist Susan Rodehaber--Berg's felt hats and baby booties (among other knitted items) are one of the top selling items currently offered at the gallery/gift shop. I've pasted a sample photo below, but encourage you to stop by and see the unique and creative hats and other knitted items on display for the remainder of the month...you won't find quality and style like this at Wal-Mart.
This is my favorite patten...it's just darling with the trendy white flowers on it...too cute! But you better hurry before it's gone.
Berg's co-featured artist this month is a young and up-and-coming talent from our own hometown of Shelbyville, Clover Honey Burton...even her name is creative. Burton says she has always loved to paint and draw, ever since she was a little girl and for as long as she can remember. While oil painting is her medium of choice, she also enjoys pencil sketching and is featuring several new works on display this month. Burton first heard about Shelbyville's new art gallery when she came across an ad in the Times-Gazette. Although self-taught, it was clear to those jurying her work that she was a talent not to be ignored. Burton prefers more traditional art and paints things true to the way she sees them, but she hopes to branch her style to encompass more diversified abstract and modern works as well. When she's not cutting and styling hair at The Palace Salon, Burton is finding her zen in her work and hopes that others will achieve that same sense of serenity when viewing the finished pieces.
Burton prefers more traditional art and paints things true to the way she sees them, but she hopes to branch her style to encompass more diversified abstract and modern works as well. When she's not cutting and styling hair at The Palace Salon, Burton is finding her zen in her work and hopes that others will achieve that same sense of serenity when viewing the finished pieces. Please take a moment to stop by the Art Gallery and see their beautiful works on display. There is no admission fee or charge for this event and the gallery is open to the public. If you are unable to attend tonight's reception, you can stop by anytime during the entire month of August to see the special works on display (most will be removed from the gallery and replaced in September, so hurry before they're gone). The Gallery's new summer hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11am-4pm, and by appointment 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. As always, I hope to see some of you there!