After a spring and early summer of hailstorms and searing heat, hungry deer and nibbling rabbits, the flowers in my garden that have survived are showing crooked smiles on their usually cheery faces. But the flowers in the “Floral Bouquets” show at the LAC Gallery are colorful, bold, graceful and frame-worthy, and sure to put a smile on your face.
Artists were free to interpret the theme, incorporating flowers or plant life into their artwork. Mediums ranged from oils, acrylics, watercolors and photographs to the glowing mosaics created by Lynnette Kupferer.
Lynnette's mosaic and Gail's watercolor
Also on display in the upstairs gallery are the 3-D works which comprise the “From the Earth” exhibit. Gretchen Larson’s popular clay pots with their humorous expressions combined with beautifully finished wooden vessels, wire and stone sculptures and whimsical figurines offer a wide range of artistic expression.
Pottery by Gretchen Larson
It was fun to view all the different characters and features of Teryle Wilder’s clay and acrylic figures that clown around, swing on hoops, or pick flowers.
Teryle Wilder and Barb Tobiska enjoy Teryle's clay figures
Charlie Casper also contributed a sculpted scene with his take on a visit to the dentist, which will generate a laugh.
Charlie Casper's sculpture
Thursday evening’s reception for both shows brought out a nice crowd who enjoyed the exhibits, sampled the delicious refreshments and took advantage of the opportunity to view and bid on silent auction items. (Online viewing of auction items is also available.)
“Floral Bouquets” and “From the Earth” will be on display through July 27. Take the time to stop and smell the roses. Come on out to the Lac Gallery and leave with a smile!
Kathy Berls, Gail Firmin and Lynnette Kupferer
photo by Charlie Casper