Madame Bricolage Prints from Warsaw, Poland
First Friday Artist Reception: January 4th 6pm - 9pm
Exhibition Dates: December 27th - January 27th
A NOTE FROM THE ARTIST Collage is my favourite creative technique. I love to assemble my original art with antique engravings from past centuries. I work with images from antique engravings found in books and magazines dating from medieval times to 1920, combining and altering them.
Among my mentors are many of the great collage masters of Dadaism and Surrealism - art movements whose artists painted unnerving, illogical scenes with photographic precision, created strange creatures from everyday objects. Their works feature the element of surprise and unexpected juxtapositions.
I’m drawing inspiration from surreal humour of the Monty Python's Flying Circus and Terry Gilliam's cartoons as well as fantasy worlds populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures of Lewis Carroll in Alice in Wonderland.
At Madame Bricolage Print I upcycle genuine antique dictionaries, often 150 years old. Pages are carefully selected and removed from antique books and have warm golden tone that gives them that special charm and makes perfect background for the images.
"It's Simple" Prints by Melissa Holden from San Francisco, CA
First Friday Artist Reception: February 1st 6pm - 9pm
Exhibition Dates: January 28th - March 31st
Melissa Holden grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She left California to pursue a degree in fine arts from the University of Colorado. She focused on printmaking, mostly intaglio and woodcuts, and found she has an affinity for the medium. Melissa moved back to the Bay Area to teach visual art to children for many years. She now runs her small business making and selling block prints and screen prints. All her work embraces a minimalist aesthetic of clean, bold shapes and lines, and high contrast. Everything is completely produced by Melissa from start to finish using top of the line materials.