Vintage Inspiration

Sculpture by Stephanie Evans.

Two of Door County’s most distinctive artists, sculptor Stephanie Evans and oil painter Pamela Murphy, will come together for Fine Line Designs Gallery’s third exhibit of the 2015 season. Exhibit III begins July 9 with an artist reception from 4 – 7 pm. Both Murphy and Evans will be on hand to share details about their work, and the reception is free and open to the public.

Oil painter and encaustic artist Pamela Murphy began collecting old photographs when she discovered an abundance of them at a garage sale, and since then, these vintage pieces have provided an endless stream of inspiration for her work. With the goal of wanting the subjects of these photographs to live on in a repurposed way, Murphy began using the figures from the images as her “models.” In some of Murphy’s newest work, there is a focus on animals, old barns, and houses rather than people, coupled with silhouette to explore another facet of form.

Using the form of the dress, Stephanie Evans explores the stories of that dress wearer through the exploration of objects, reliefs and textures. Working from photographs for references and looking at vintage and modern dresses for inspiration, she tells the stories of an imagined wearer’s personal thoughts and desires. “The idea that somebody wore that, somebody touched that – there’s such an energy that a person leaves every time they wear, touch, or use a particular garment,” said Evans.

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