Krystal Gardner Doesn't Whine About Winter; She Uses the Time to Prepare for the Wine About Winter Show at Lee & Birch, Grand Haven, 1-17-2014, 5 - 9 PM
The writers at Captain Art Walk had a few moments to catch up with a favorite local artist, the painter and troubadour, Krystal Gardner. Gardner has been invited to exhibit at Lee & Birch for the ever-popular version of the Grand Haven Art Walk, Wine about Winter. I don't think I have missed a single one, including the year when wine service had to be halted at the request of the police department. Those overachievers at Gallery Uptown already have their show up for Wine About Winter. So to bottom line this. Our local artists are not whining. They're planning and painting. Gardner was using the evening towards that very end, completing a portrait of her friend who looks beautiful behind and in front of the camera, Jennifer Reyes, a well-known and trusted photographer in Grand Haven, specializing in wedding photography.
Gardner has made herself the delight of art historians yet to come by documenting her creative process with her cellphone's applications. It's well worth reaching out and friending Gardner on her page to see paintings come to life over the course of one or two days.
In our conversation today, thanks to Facebook messenger, Gardner discussed two items I find present in her work, the presence of jewel tones and the intuition that her work might transfer well to woodcuts and reliefs carved into wood panels. After all, during the day, she works with scissors as she practices the art & business of cosmetology at Glamazon Artistic Hair Culture. Rare pleasure to talk with a truly creative person and wonder out-loud how long until she attempts Matisse style papercuts or even mosaic work, such as practiced by Mike Coleman of Second Avenue Arts. Turns out, as the reader can see for herself, that Gardner is way ahead of the critic. Please enjoy the paper mosaic of Red Poppies, and let it make all of us think of the spring promised to come.
I've attached the Wine about Winter invitation. The event follows a route through the downtown and Centertown shopping districts and usually wraps up with a show, hot beverages and awards at the Fire Barn Gallery. Put it on the calendar for that cold Friday after next Friday, January 19th, 2014.