Roland Bernier “For almost fifty years I have been making art with words. I began using words in my art in the early 1960’s in Houston, Texas and I am still using and experimenting with words to this day.” “I use words, phrases, and sometimes images combined with words. Many of my pieces have specific references both verbal and visual. I often purposely use clichés and combine them with imagery from various sources (i e. designs and photographs that are Xeroxed). The pictures and title combine to re-invent the cliché for the viewer. Over time and repeated readings, unexpected connections and narratives are made.” “To me, making art is chancy and uncertain; but these are also essential ingredients for a determined innovative approach to art. Ideas can be re-used for a thousand variations supplying the framework for a whole body of work rather than just a single piece.” Roland was an abstract and conceptual artist. More information on his work may be found at www.bernierart.com. Roland received a BFA from the University of Texas, Austin, TX, and a MFA from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. He has exhibited throughout the USA with exhibitions at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (2008), Phoenix Gallery, NYC (2005), the Denver Art Museum, CO (2004/2001), and the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, GA (2001). Bernier’s work is included in the collections of the Kirkland Museum, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Denver Art Museum, Denver CO.
Judy Laine I am primarily a self-trained artist, and I have been making paper since the early 1980’s. I have been creating since my childhood when I first learned to crochet. Today, I consider myself a multimedia artist, with a penchant for experimenting with and combining artistic mediums. I work in oil, watercolor, colored pencil, clay, fibers, photography, and other art forms. I sew, knit, crochet, weave, and stitch needlework. When I create my handmade paper pieces, some of these other art mediums may find their way into my creations, and my paper often winds up combined with works in other mediums. As a lover of Mother Nature and all that she creates, I enjoy borrowing from the world around me, finding vines, twigs and roots, leaves, blossoms, shells, and more to incorporate into my artwork. I have harvested weeds and other materials from my uncle’s Texas farm and from roadsides as fiber for my paper. My friends save their floral arrangements for me. I am also fascinated with the effect Mother Nature can have on man-made objects such as metal and cloth. I am always picking up items to upcycle into my art. I especially enjoy using fibers that are not traditionally used for paper-making. I like to experiment with flowers, plants, grasses, and other items. I have used Catalpa tree blossoms, corn husks and silks, prairie weeds, and the fibers of a silk blouse to make paper. Almost anything can become a part of my artwork. I surround myself in my studio with all kinds of “stuff” and I create by picking and choosing from it. Some of my pieces are planned, but many more are simply happy accidents of experimenting with and combining my “stuff”. My paper works take many forms: collage, sculpture, note cards, mixed media, and more. I am continually thinking of different ways to use my paper. I share my love of art with students in my paper-making and collage classes, and I sometimes learn as much from them as I teach them. One of my primary goals in creating artwork is to make people smile, whether it be from a whimsical element or simply from the beauty they see in a piece. I create to feed my soul, and I hope that others also find something in my creations to feast on.
Miriam Young Art is the latest in a series of careers for me. In “former lives” I have been a librarian, computer programmer, and chef. My former lives have all influenced who I am as an artist. I am drawn to color and texture (chef), order and symmetry (librarian) and mathematical sequences such as the Fibonacci sequence (programmer). My art life began with creating wearable knitted and crocheted art - hats, shawls, capes, scarves - that were hand-made and one of a kind. I was drawn to vintage crochet work and buttons and used them as part of my designs. I also made lampshades using these techniques (plus weaving and macrame) and attached them to vintage lamp bases. Several of these lampshades have been shown in local galleries. Then I was introduced to wet felting and fell in love with the technique. Felting is transformation. Thin, fragile wool roving is transformed into strong and vibrant felt by my hands, soap, water and agitation. The colors, textures, thickness of the product, and ultimate shape of the felt are determined by me and the techniques that I use to create it. I feel that I am creating something at a very fundamental level when I am felting. I embellish my felted pieces with beads, hand embroidery, vintage lace or crochet work, and natural objects such as vines and driftwood. The use of vintage work ties me to the strong women in past generations who created beauty and art in their everyday lives by making pieces such as quilts. Natural objects tie me to the earth, its intricate designs and rhythms, and our need to care for it.