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Places We Remember- On View for April

April 2, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - April 29, 2022 @ 6:00 pm EDT

Places We Remember

Featuring works by : Lois Berardi, Katherine Parfet, and Beau Wild.

“Our memories are unique, and our art is quite different. Yet the desire to creatively express what we remember unifies us.”

by Beau Wild
Beau Wild 

As long as I can remember, I was an observer. A “people watcher”. Several questions intrigued me and continue to intrigue me now- why do people do what they do? What motivates their actions and reactions? What makes us all “tick”? Whether it is an elderly woman’s feeling of isolation, the outsider’s anxiety when courting a new friend, the conflicting joy and sadness of the surrogate mother, the unforgotten lives of those who have passed, these deeply empathetic connections are sensitive glimpses. Recently, I am compelled to address some of our most pressing and often most contentious social and political problems within the topic of women’s issues such as domestic violence, body size acceptance, and a closer look into our indigenous women and girls who are disproportionately targets for hatred, violence, kidnapping and murder. Whether I create work in a non-objective or figurative abstract format, the personal glimpses open a small window through which I can hopefully increase understanding and inspire change for the benefit of us all

by Katherine Parfet
Katherine Parfet
Artist Statement: I have always been involved in some type of artistic pursuit, first in high school and then at Scripps College where I minored in studio arts. I began my career in 1972 when I started a needlepoint design business. I specialized in custom and liturgical work, along with creating a signature line of designs which is still distributed nationally. After retiring  I turned to painting full time, with acrylics as my medium. My Landscape and Bird Series are based on memories I have of growing up in the Midwest, living on an eighty acre farm in Minnesota and traveling further north to summer on Madeline Island in Lake Superior. My intention for these paintings is to not represent any specific place or thing, but rather to create an emotional sense of place, one that evokes a feeling of stillness and calm. My work on paper is influenced by my growing interest in abstraction. I create my collage material by using acrylics and mediums applied in various techniques to very thin paper. I incorporate pieces of this material into my work, which produces added texture and color interest. Memory Series are simply layers of paint applied to thin paper with no additional support other than the paint itself. They become fabric in a sense. I summer on Madeline Island in Wisconsin where I maintain a studio and gallery, and winter in New Smyrna Beach in Florida where I  share a studio with three fellow artists. Represented by: Moondeer & Friends in Boulder Junction, Wisconsin Bell Street Gallery in La Pointe, Wisconsin Madeline Island Candles in La Pointe, Wisconsin Katherine Parfet Studio in La Pointe, Wisconsin Janes Art Center in New Smyrna, Florida ​Studio 1248 in New Smyrna Beach, Florida Beaux Arts of Central Florida
by Lois Berardi

Lois Berardi was born in New York City and spent her early years there and Boston. During that time her artistic skills were nurtured by her father, a professional musician, and recognized by her teachers.  Now, over 50 years later, Lois’ inspiration for her paintings comes from an appreciation of the natural beauty of her surroundings, especially the greater Ormond Beach area. Her interpretations of water and other nature scenes are characterized by a gentle touch with interspersion of intense colors. Her portraits are realistic, candid, and intense. Lois moved to the Daytona area in the late 1950’s. Her formal education and life’s work was in the mental health field, primarily in educational settings. Now retired and living in Ormond Beach, she expresses herself artistically through painting.   Lois is a student of Florida artist Beau Wild. Additionally, she has studied with Eric Wiegardt, of Ocean Park, Washington and Tim Wilmot, United Kingdom. Lois’s acrylic and watercolor paintings are in the homes of private collectors in the United States. She is an artists’ advocate, having served on various arts related community committees, such as the Art in Public Spaces Committee for the City of Daytona Beach. Additionally, she is a member of the Florida Women’s Art AssociationOrmond Memorial Art Museum,  the Artists’ Workshop of New Smyrna Beach and the Museum of Arts and Sciences.

Also Featuring Live Music by Sea Grapes & Refreshments from Gold Leaf Coffee co.Rose Villa Southern Table & Bar


April 2, 2022 @ 5:00 pm
April 29, 2022 @ 6:00 pm
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