|Boho Chic Gallery Opens at Bucktown Center for the Arts|
|News Releases - Art, Galleries & Museums|
|Written by Dee Oberle|
|Tuesday, 12 June 2012 14:09|
Dee Schricker, Heidi Brandt and Dee Oberle announce the opening of their new gallery, Boho Chic, “Art for your Bohemian Soul,” Suite 105, Bucktown Center for the Arts, Davenport, IA.
The artists of Boho Chic specialize in artistic accents and groupings created from clay, paint, fabric, photography and mixed media.
“We opened the gallery together,” says Dee Oberle, “Because our work complements each others and because we have similar philosophies. We believe life is too short to live without art. Our goal is to collaborate with our clients to find art that fits their personal style with the ultimate goal of helping them create an oasis of beauty in their home or business that they enjoy looking at every day.”
Boho Chic is open Wednesday – Saturday, 11a.m. to 6 p.m. or by appointment. The gallery will stay open until 9 p.m. the last Friday of each month when the galleries of Bucktown celebrate Final Friday with food, entertainment and other special activities. Bucktown Center for the Arts is located at 225 East 2nd Street, Davenport.
For information about Bucktown Center for the Arts go to; www.bucktownarts.com
( L.to R) Dee Oberle, Dee Schricker & Heidi Brandt
Meet the Artists of Boho Chic:
Creating, whether it is clay, painting, fabric art or even a new recipe, is Dee Schricker’s daily passion. She truly enjoys making something beautiful and interesting out of a lump of clay, a blank canvas, odd pieces of cloth and found objects.
“I love having the artistic freedom to try new approaches and challenge old techniques then mix media to achieve the look I want to express. I get a great deal of satisfaction,” Schricker says, “In creating something I can’t find anywhere else and when someone purchases a piece of my art to display in their home or business, I am truly honored.
Schricker’s clay work is Raku and fired using her own glaze recipes. “Drawing and painting the clay with a palette of glazes,” Schricker says, “adds texture and depth to the piece and Raku firing gives it life that can’t be achieved in other ways.” She will often create a design concept in both clay and canvas.
A life-long love and respect for nature and animals was the catalyst that led Heidi Brandt into the world of photography. A graphic designer by trade, she uses her knowledge of technology and her designer’s eye to zero in on the detail of a subject creating painter-like abstracts and still life images.
“My goal,” Brandt says, “Is to capture the essence of subject whether that is an owl living in the tree outside my house, the light coming through leaves or the graphic design of a piece of broken glass.”
Photography has been a hobby for Dee Oberle since her father first gave her a little Kodak box camera when she was 6 years old but it wasn’t until she took a black and white film class at St. Ambrose University that it turned into a passion. Working in the field of public relations gave her the opportunity to combine her writing skills with photography to tell a story and she still enjoys documenting a subject and sharing the story behind the image.
“Photography provides me with a connection to my spirit,” Oberle says. “It gives me an opportunity to see through my lens what we often take for granted and to translate my vision for others to enjoy. I’m still often in awe of the photographic process and feel there is something magical about capturing a milkweed seed in flight or the forgotten beauty of a rusty car door.” Oberle enjoys using hers photographic images as the basis for mixed media and image transfers.
Oberle and Brandt have worked together since 2005 under the name, Gypsy Chicks Photography. Their images are available as small “mailable art cards” that fit in a 5X7 frame, ready-to-frame prints or as larger images printed on archival paper and custom framed or transferred to canvas. They also work with clients to create custom images for homes and businesses and teach digital photography classes. Their work can be purchased on-line through their Imagekind gallery at www.gypsychicksphotography.imagekind.com
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