I was given my first set of oil paints in 1961 and have been painting ever since that day. My development as an artist has moved through many stages as I multi-tasked through life as a painter, wife, mother, and student.
I took courses whenever possible and feel lucky to have met many teachers who believed in my creative potential. My move to Rhode Island was a crucial step because Rhode Island School of Design classes demanded artistic growth. In 1992, I fulfilled a life-long dream and graduated from Brown University at the age of 49. After graduation, I became a full time artist and moved towards brining my unique vision as an artist to fruition.
My primary body of work is called INFIGO. My artworks include paintings, photography, assemblage, and mixed media. Small works of art in these areas, can be seen at HOTPOINT EMPORIUM.
If you happen by the Hotpoint Emporium Gallery during the month of August, be sure and have a good look at this month’s display window featuring the work of member artist Lauren Lake.
Ms. Lake’s photographic collage series, entitled “Distance Traveled” explores dreams, memory, myth and ‘internal landscape’ using imagery and, at times, poetry and music(lyrics). Lauren became interested in photography long before attending the Rhode Island School of Design, where she earned her BFA in Industrial Design in 91, though it wasn’t until studying in Italy on RISD’s European Honors Program that photography became more of an ‘art form’ for her.
“In this series I use several decades of collected photographs, in addition to new imagery, mixed and combined in some way, either with drawings, written word, poetry or lyrics, to ‘solidify’ an experience or give form to an elusive idea or feeling…But I invite people to create their own narrative when viewing one of my image collages. Our own history informs our outlook and it’s what makes art so distinctly personal and unique for each of us.”
Also Lauren continually ‘experiments’ with different forms of technological processes which, most recently, gave birth to Kiiltaa.com a little over a year ago for jewelry and more personal one of a kind objects. In addition to her current window display, her jewelry is on the main level of our gallery with more two dimensional work in our “underground gallery”.
If you’d like updates about her any of her works email: info@Kiiltaa.com with “updates” in the subject line.
Bonnie Blue creates beautiful bronzed sculptures in stone and clay. Many of her sculptures are cast by Mike Koscis of Bristol RI using a secret formula created by the late Len Shartle, whose monument to Christopher Columbus graces Independence Park.
When Meredith Brower’s circumstances led her to a place of deep introspection, she knew it was time to take the risk and let her photography light shine. Like a firefly, she felt the light growing stronger the more she envisioned herself creating great imagery and making connections with her community. By letting her “inner fire fly”, she founded the Firefly Yoga Festival, opened a photography studio on Spring Street in Newport, RI, created a barn studio in Tiverton, RI, and launched her series of Mandala Note Cards.
An afternoon of snacks, surprises, shenanigans and secrets to be revealed!
Meet some of our new artists and don’t miss the new Hotpoint Underground. We’re expanding into our lower level where you’ll find an art gallery, a clothing boutique and even an underground planetarium… you’ve got to see it to believe it!
The garden is an endless inspiration for my work as an artist. I have a huge garden that is grown for my PAPERMAKING STUDIO. The papers I make use all the different kinds of flowers and leaves to make a very artful and sophisticated product. Florabunda is what I call the look of my papers. there’s a complete bouquet in every sheet of stationary. perfect as a wedding invitation jacket.
The POTTERY STUDIO uses the inspiration in a more indirect way. Vines, leaves, flowers, and seeds are painted over a shino base glaze. The pottery is functional. I love all materials maybe I should call myself a mix-media artist.
I became interested in ceramics through frequent visits, as a child and young person, to the Asian Art collection at the de Young Museum, in San Francisco. I came to marvel that many of the pieces in the Japanese collection had grace and simplicity combined with great movement and dynamism. I came to work in clay myself. Currently I have been exploring surface design through slip trailing. I like the way it imparts a tactile sense to the work. I have been developing a line of glazes that works well with this technique and lets the slip designs shine through it.