CONTEMPORARY PRIMITIVE - wax & willow by Kathleen Otley
JUNE 3 - 26
Artist's Reception Saturday June 3, from 5 to 7 pm
during Langley's First Saturday Art Walk
Kathleen Otley works in mixed media, include willow sculpture and encaustics. Herstunning willow sculptures are created from farmed willow that she peels and dyes before joining with ropes, metals, leather and wire to transform into wall sculptures, which she often refers to as “shields” or “banners.
Her encaustics are skillful assemblages of wax, resin, and pigment - multi-layered and hand painted with archival inks. The final surface is highlighted or antiqued with oil paints, tar, or graphite to create a depth of time, as if the piece is an archival finding rather than a newly completed art object. Fusing each layer and technique with heat marries it to the whole piece. A finished piece is up to a fourteen layer process.
Otley's ‘contemporary primitive’ art is a bridge for the artist and the viewer to connect to the past–to a time when the spiritual journey was the measure of a life, when the human presence was a part of the natural flow of the universe, when our spirit and the spirit of nature were in balance–striving to find a sense of harmony that continues to live in our collective conscious.
The Contemporary Primitive exhibition opens in conjunction with Langley’s First Saturday Art Walk when Langley’s galleries and shops are open until 7 PM. Featured artist, Kathleen Otley, will be in attendance and light refreshments will be served.
JULY 1 - 31
Sailing to Alaska
oil pastel paintings of the NW Coast
AUGUST 5 - 29
new oil paintings
SEPTEMBER 2 - 26
new plein-air oil paintings
HOURS AND DIRECTIONS
May through Sept. OPEN DAILY 10 - 6
Oct. through April Tues. by appointment
other weekdays 11 - 4
weekends 10 - 5