“The Winds of Creativity” August 16 – September 14

“We let the winds of creativity speak though mixed materials to make beautiful works of art.” Anne Legge and Denise DeKemper
In the ‘Tis Mezzanine Gallery
August 16 – September 14
4th Friday Art Walk Reception
August 23rd 5:00 – 8:00 PM

Anne H. Legge was born in Maryland and studied at Pacific University in Oregon. She lived for a period of time in New Orleans, LA and attributes its vast artistic culture and music as inspiration for her own artistic journey. Pulling from that experience Anne began to find her own unique style of art created on wood using wood stains and found objects. Moving to Los Angeles, CA in her twenties gave her the opportunity to work in the animation field for hit TV shows such as “Futurama” and “The Simpsons.” She was awarded the “Artist in Resident” for the Grand Canyon National Park in 2005 and fell in love with Arizona’s beautiful landscape. Anne now lives in Prescott, Arizona were she continues to paint and be inspired by the Southwest.

All of Anne’s art is created on a variety of wood. The movement in the natural grains varies with each piece, helping to dictate the unique compositions. Anne uses oil and water based wood stains as her painting medium. She also incorporates a wood-burning tool for line definition and containment of color. She then seals each piece with a protective polyurethane coat. Often there are added materials such as broken records, found metals, and paper mache’ to enhance the textures and diversity in the work. Some of the pieces are framed in antique boxes and drawers and extra antique items are included to help tell a story. Each work is one of a kind.

Denise DeKemper is a self-taught textile and mixed media artist, inspired by the beauty in nature and the commonplace. Most of her work begins with painting on silk, using dyes.

Silk painting is the application of paints or dyes onto silk fabric using watercolor techniques.  The colors are brilliant, vibrant, and translucent, and merge on the fabric.  Denise uses the intense color and movement of dyes on silk to create expressions of the joy that can be found “all around us.”

Denise also creates silk scarves, wraps, and capes using an assortment of materials and techniques. Hand -silk, light felting, vintage, and upcycled fabric or garments, and a hodge-podge of ‘bits and pieces from here and there’ come together in her creative process, resulting in dramatically original wearable art.   The inspiration for this work has a deep spiritual connection to time spent on her grandparents’ small farm, growing up in rural Alabama where folk art traditions and heritage were part of daily routines.

Her work is shown in galleries in Arizona, Alabama, Oregon, Montana, and North Dakota.