Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather: Monday, August 21 – October 15. Opening Reception: At ArtWalk on Friday, September 22, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Free.
Long regarded as symbols of the human psyche, birds are a recurrent theme in the imagery of Laura Elm and Mary Tuck’s artwork. 
Abstracts and nature are the two subjects artist Mary Tuck loves, and she has combined them for this colorful, whimsical joint show. Executed on canvas, paper, rocks, wood and silver jewelry, there is something to delight everyone! 
Meant to tickle your fancy and dance subliminally along the edge of thoughts where reveries, dreams and memories meld together; Laura’s metaphorical compositions depicted on clay, canvas and in print intuitively entwine bits of reality with a seriously playful imagination revealing the underlying essence of soul.
This show brings together two like-minded friends who are clearly two peas in a pod and definitely birds of a feather!

About Mary Tuck

"Creating is my life's breath" states Crested Butte artist Mary Tuck.  Mary worked in the advertising/graphic arts industry in corporations such as Fluor Engineering, Hughes Engineering, the Los Angeles Times and other smaller agencies and print houses before becoming a teacher. After 20 years she retired from Los Angeles Unified School District as an adult educator of Commercial Art, Graphic Design, Advertising, Illustration, and made her home here in Crested Butte. Living in these beautiful mountains inspire Mary every day, and she loves to create in many mediums such as Silver Clay and beading, acrylics, water color, silk dyes, color pencils, pastels and ink. "If it stands still I paint it," says Mary, working on many different surfaces such as River Rocks, wood, silk, walls, pottery, canvas and paper – all a challenge and a joy. That is why her work is so eclectic. She is a lifetime student of the arts, and also the theatre as an actress/singer/ director. She is always evolving and creating, as it keeps her looking forward to the future.

About Laura Elm

Laura Elm is a typical renaissance artist - a master potter and painter whose expressive work is brilliantly detailed and multifaceted. Her openness to experience and theoretical temperament are integral to a passionate pursuit of a wide variety of art forms. She possesses the rare combination of being incredibly focused and detail-oriented while retaining optimism, idealism and vision.
A prolific maker of lyrical things; searching for sublime and hidden meaning; she uses a painterly palette of high key color – difficult to achieve in studio ceramics, that segues seamlessly with her painting and works on paper. Elegant forms and expert drawing are developed from analytical observation of the natural world and then re-tooled, tweaked and intensified imaginatively.
The graphic quality of her work stems from a love of anything beautifully designed and well crafted; especially calligraphy, typography and the printed page. Book arts and textiles form a cohesive connection with pattern and repetition.
Laura’s clay work encompasses functional vessels and sculptural forms overlaid with painterly content like tattoos on skin. The Tattoo Foo Series imparts inherent luck, often blind; sometimes dumb, to traditional tomb figures aka Guardians of Soul. These figures are the domain of Heaven and Hell based on the metaphorical fine line humans tend to walk. Inspired by classic literature and romantic poetry, common features in her work include a strong graphic use of black and white, the sun and moon, and time.  The progression of this subject matter ties in nicely with charming Creatures of Habit showing off familiar quirks and playful mannerisms.
During more than a few paradisiacal island years, while living in Micronesia, Elm traveled extensively embracing and incorporating the history, mythology, archeology and art of many cultures including her own oddly American heritage. The overlapping spheres of influence are evident.
Bringing over 30 years of artistic and teaching experience, she thoroughly enjoys the process of learning and quickly draws parallels and cross references ideas that translate intuitively and connect with people young and old.