Please join us at the Art Loft for November’s Gallery Opening when we feature the work of resident artist Karen Olsen. Karen will be instructing her “Live Creatively” classes at the Art Loft throughout November.
Karen Olson shares the result of her latest passion project in which she brings together years of creative exploration together in a unique process. With a background in acrylic painting and collage, Karen has developed a technique in which she combines layers of images to create conceptual photography. Hand-painted expressionist work is photographed and combined with portrait work and pure light textures.
The images will be collected into 3 distinct groups and displayed as a slide show. The first, simply entitled ‘Emotion,’ is a group of 7 images, each depicting phases of emotional trauma.
The second, entitled ‘If Only in a Dream,’ illustrates the feeling of freedom, weightlessness, and joy with layers of light and strong contrast.
The third, entitled ‘Drama,’ is a play on 1950’s movie star portraiture. Shots taken at the Camden Opera House with two different models are combined with light textures and expressionist painting. The models are Midcoast residents with no modeling experience. The work can be described as poetic abstraction.
Karen will be joined by Catharine McCann of Maine 1 Photography. Her breathtaking, atmospheric Maine landscapes have won her award and acclaim. Paula Apro of Maine Photo Adventures joins the show as a third photographer, displaying her popular slow-shutter abstract digital photography. Sure to be an exciting and diverse show!
Karen Olson is a photographer, digital artist 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, WordPress, and computer skills specific to your needs. Karen wants you to have all the tools to manage your own website and tell your story with amazing imagery. She is a patient and kind instructor that has worked with many individuals to do just that.
“Our very being compels us to create things. It is the means by which we make sense of the world. Each method or medium, each creative endeavor or personal expression brings clarity and sight.”