January 18 - March 25
“Two Friends: A Retrospective”
Howard Young Art Gallery
January 1 – March 25th
Reception March 7th 1:30-3 “Lets Talk Art.”
The exhibition currently at the Howard Young Art Gallery titled “Two Friends: A Retrospective” is a retrospective of Christine Alfery’s work done during the mid 1990’s and turn of the century and the work of her dear friend Nancy TeWinkel.
Christine Alfery has been an artist ever since she won first prize for her “Snowman” in the all school art show at the end of the year. She was in kindergarten. She had a teacher who recognized that Christine was a visual learner and allowed her to paint at the easel any time she wanted to. She would daily come home with paintings on newsprint that had vibrant oozing, dripping, tempera paint on them. The fascination with paint is still with her today. There is a larger story about this snowman which Christine will share during the “Art Talk” Reception in the gallery on March 7th 1:30-3.
During the mid 1990’s and turn of the century, Christine taught at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and earned multiple post graduate degrees. She chose not to sell artwork during this time and rather focused solely on pure creativity and artistic authenticity.
Building upon her extensive oeuvre, her style continued to evolve, mature and she felt free to push boundaries. Experimental works from this time are now on display in this retrospective in the gallery. Other works from this time period remain in Christine’s personal collection in her home and studio.
Nancy TeWinkel is also an award winning artist and poet living in Arbor Vitae Wisconsin. The following are a few of her thoughts on art, the inspiration for her life and art.
Living in the Northwoods has given me countless opportunities to capture with my camera and brush the amazing nature that surrounds me. It is always a privilege to record and share this beautiful place.
Many years ago I began a journey in the healing Arts. This has led me to places and faces I’d never dreamed possible.
Nancy states: I have flown with angels and danced with Shamans. There have been innumerable opportunities to share faith and ideas with the most inspiring souls. I have borne witness to many miracles of people being healed. The moments shared with an intricate flower, newborn fawn, emerging butterflies or magical hummingbirds are miracles beyond words. there is oneness that is found between both nature and artist.
I seek to capture that intimate moment with whomever or whatever is framed within the camera lens or canvas. I try to see beyond the obvious to what treasures lie beneath. It is an opportunity to peer into the space of the unseen and rest my soul.”