Please join us at the Art Loft for the August Gallery Opening when we feature the work of resident artist Karen Olson. Karen will be instructing her “Live Creatively” classes at the Art Loft throughout August.
This show entitled ‘If Only in a Dream’ is the collective works of Karen Olson’s year-long photography project. Four distinct groups of images span the project, beginning with a series of 7 images depicting stages of emotional trauma and ending with a series styled in fairytale settings in the Midcoast Maine woods. The entire collection is a work of conceptual, fine art portraiture.
Karen’s thought process for the project centered around using creativity to process emotion and bring healing and light into one’s life. The work showcases the inherent beauty of Maine ’s most precious asset, it’s people. The images depict her young women in ethereal light and were taken in a variety of outdoor and indoor settings.
The women that were chosen for each series have no modeling experience and work in various local businesses and the service industry here in Midcoast Maine. Each photo shoot was designed to help the individual come into their own place of peace and story. Eight women are represented.
Karen will be joined by Catharine McCann of Maine 1 Photography whose breathtaking, atmospheric Maine landscapes have won award and acclaim.
In addition to the Art Walk hours, the gallery will be open again on August 17th and 18th, 1:00-5:00 pm. The gallery will also be open by chance and by appointment. To make an appointment, please contact Karen directly at (207) 542-5845.
“Portrait work is my passion, still life photography my joy! Lighting, props, costume, and flora are the elements I
use to create conceptual work and fairytale-like composites. My work is dreamy, emotive, contemplative. I try to depict the inherent beauty and raw qualities of my subject, bringing to the surface that which is deep within.”
Karen Olson is a photographer and creative business mentor who loves to help artists and entrepreneurs navigate technology and craft their own brand presence on the web. She offers online classes and one on one mentoring in photography, website construction, and computer skills specific to your needs. She is a patient and kind instructor that has worked with many individuals to help them realize their vision.
Visit Karen’s website at renukostyle.com