And this is how it happened – 22 images quietly marched in and consumed the space on the SheBreathes Balance and Wellness Studio gallery wall.
Abstract inks and realistic colored pencil drawings by Jill Barry, next to inspiring 12 year old perspectives by her son, Luke. At first glance you might think, “hey, that kid is pretty talented with a box of Crayolas.” But when you take a few moments to study the titles, you realize this young man sees this world through a refreshing and unique lens.
Then, there are these beautiful and bright pieces done by Jill Barry, floating clouds of amethyst, aquamarine, and rosy pinks, surrounded by the true faces of a jaguar, a gorilla and a rhino. Jill’s creative ability to switch mediums and genres like we switch from one day to the next will have you in awe. Oh, and when she’s not doing that, she’s hand making beautiful strings of mala beads for meditation, some that are similar to the colors in her paintings.
Together, they are The Art Parade. No rules, no rhyme or reason. Just a mom and a boy, marching at you with their creativity.
Jill is a self-taught artist who specializes in stained glass mosaics, colored pencil, and ink. Luke is her sweet, loving, happy, and incredibly bright 12 year old son. He also has autism. He loves music, animals, and parades. And he loves to draw, and brings his crayons and paper with him everywhere he goes.
Luke and Jill spend a lot of time drawing together. It helps them both relax and connect, and she is truly thankful to be able to spend such quality time with him. Luke’s art makes you think, and makes you smile. He draws very quickly, and most drawings only take a few seconds to a few minutes to do. Through his eyes Jill sees the world differently, and it is a view that she wouldn’t change for anything. He makes her world a much brighter place, and her hope is that his artwork will help make your world a brighter place, too. While Luke’s style is quick and free flowing, Jill is slow and deliberate. They are two peas in a pod, yet exact opposites. And they are The Art Parade.
Our art on display for the month of August is the photography of Frannie Downey, local artist and award winning photographer from Canton, Ma. She received her first Nikon camera as a birthday gift 20 years ago, and hasn’t stopped taking photographs since she ripped the wrapping paper off of that box.
She is able to capture the beauty in everyday life, while allowing her photos to speak for themselves with purity, love and the music in her heart. She sees art in every shape and color in her surroundings.
What I like about Fran is that she doesn’t manipulate her photos much. She’s willing to do some editing, but they are either the right shots for her or they are not. There is an instinct and a bravery in making these choices, and I admire that.
She’s an explorer, seeking out moments of beauty and joy that she captures spontaneously, and is then willing to share with us. Her pictures are pleasing to the eye and warming to the spirit. They are laced with travel, and represent being in the right place at the right time.
She has taken photos as far away as San Francisco, Aruba, and Italy, and from local areas such as Canton, Nahant and Duxbury.
Not only is she an intuitive photographer, Fran Downey is also the lead singer for The Coinz, a local cover band.
Please join us this Thursday, August 10 at the SheBreathes Balance and Wellness Studio from 6:30 to 8:00pm, to take in the love, joy and happiness Fran finds through her camera lens.
Since October 1st, we’ve had the pleasure of hosting 8 of Martha Wakefield’s acrylics and watercolors from her Slip Series in our SheGallery at the SheBreathes Balance & Wellness Studio. The only reaction you can have when you walk in the room is to look at them immediately. They draw you in, not only with their vibrant colors, or need to focus your attention to grasp what you’re looking at, but with the true concept that something is being lost, drifting its way off the surface. In her artist’s statement, Martha explains that this body of work symbolizes loss of a deep love, once protective and intimate but now a memory of what existed previously. And isn’t it true, how something or someone can become such a natural part of our lies that we move through our days routinely, and if we don’t find a balance between comfortability and awareness, they can drift off, pulled back by the wind, or life, or another world.This collection of works will make you stop and take notice of their beauty, the subtle movement, and the possibility of something of value disappearing while you’re distracted by something else.Martha’s art will be adorning our gallery wall until October 31st. Come see it now, because you will want to come back and take it in again and again. Her personal statement is available to read and to further understand her motivation for this series.You can view the art during any of our scheduled events, or come during one of our open SheSpace/Zen Studio hours to sit and reflect on its beauty. All works that hang on the gallery wall are for sale.