The Gallery at Town Center is exhibiting a selection of works by Potter's Circles Artist Rick Holst and Acrylic/Resin Artist Kimberly Leo. See these works and the creations of over 90 other local artists during gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, Noon to 5pm
Show runs March 31 – May 9, 2020
I have been a potter and an art educator for over 45 years. My current work, which I call Potters Circles, is an outgrowth of a teaching experience I had with a class of special needs students. Several of the children had limited fine motor control but were able to create circular designs and experiment with color using liquid media on a spinning potters wheel. My students found success and I saw unique surface qualities and linear designs in the circular shapes they created.
In my work, I use a potters wheel to paint and cut circles and rings from paper. I enjoy the repetition and precision of creating the circles and appreciate their individuality. I have made tens of thousands and no two are exactly alike.
The individual circles are arranged to create two and three-dimensional compositions. Acrylic sheets, pins and springs are used to elevate the circles and give depth to surfaces. I often imply subject matter by use of a suggestive title, which helps the viewer to make an imaginative connection to the work.
Kimberly Leo | kjleodesigns.com
I am a resin artist inspired by crystals, the moon, ebb and flow, relationships, and the cycle of life. I am drawn to clean, vibrant color and biomorphic shapes. My work allows me to live in the moment. When I am creating I feel complete. When I am not creating I’m dreaming about my future pieces. Crafting each piece is very cathartic with lessons learned along the way and ideas sparked for future work.
Everything about working with resin intrigues me. There is a need for precise measurement when mixing the resin and a limited application time involved with each piece. Before each painting I sketch out the shape and choose all materials and pigments. There is a certain stress because of the minimal work time before the resin begins to set. But this stress leads to a hopeful anticipation and excitement to see how the resin takes shape and flows on it’s own before settling down and curing. Resin does what it does and that may be why I am so obsessed. Even the most well thought out plans change, as the resin does it’s “resin thing”. It is because of this that I love working with this magical medium. The unpredictability mirrors life but it all works out in the end. I also love the freedom to experiment with color, line, crystal, stone, glass, gold-leaf, glitter, and basically anything I choose to mix into the sticky medium. The final result, a shiny, sparkly, treasure to the eye.
Kimberly Leo is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana and has been living in Greater Seattle since 2000. She has a degree in Fine Arts from LSU. Kimberly has a long history with oil painting and abstract landscapes but has recently become obsessed with working with resin and mixed medium. Her art is inspired by natural shapes, crystals, the moon, ebb and flow, friendship, and the cycle of life.