New work by a trio of our artists, Judith Cherry, Karen Kunc and Diana Woods, will be on view March 23rd through May 4th. An opening reception for the show, Layers and Lines, will be held on Friday, March 23rd from 6 to 8 p.m.
Each of the women bring decidedly unique methods to the exhibition. Ranging from the fabricscapes painted in oil by Judith Cherry, to the colorful and innovative woodblock prints of Karen Kunc, to the paint and metal assemblage works by Diana Woods, the exhibition unites the three artists in an exploration of line and form.
Judith Ernst Cherry received her bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University in Indiana and her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She paints contemporary subject matter in the super-realistic genre of trompe l’oeil.
She has exhibited her work regionally and nationally in group and solo exhibitions, winning numerous awards. She has exhibited in solo shows at the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney; the Quincy Arts Center in Quincy, Illinois; Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery in Lincoln, Nebraska; and Collin County Community College in Plano, Texas. Her solo exhibit in New York City made The New York Times’ gallery recommendations for August 2003.
Karen Kunc’s images are combinations of multiple shapes and colors that suggest, rather than identify, the disparate natural forms that served as their models. Although the artist’s primary medium is woodcut, her methods are not entirely traditional to that field. Her artistic and technical innovations have distinguished Kunc from other artists working in the woodcut medium.
Kunc’s work has been featured in several publications on printmaking. Her prints are contained in the collections of numerous major museums worldwide including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and the Victoria-Albert Museum in London. She is a professor of printmaking in the department of art and art history at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Diana Woods is a contemplative artist who works in an experimental manner, exploring universal truths.
Using wood as a painting surface, Woods incorporates anything from paint, to found metals, gold and silver leaf, and bees wax to create layer upon layer of texture and luminous color. The artist allows the forms to spontaneously emerge to direct the painting. Her new works address imagery of natural transformation and evolution, loss and the passage of time. Though based primarily on natural forms and spiritual embodiments, Woods creates a dream-space, a realm characterized by imagination and mystery. These multi-layered pieces evoke the ever-evolving meditations of spirit…nature, beauty, and the divine.
Diana Woods received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from William Woods College in 1980 and has worked as a professional artist and for more than 20 years. Diana was honored in the 2009 November issue of Southwest Art Magazine as one of the “21 Over 31” Artists to Watch. She lives in western Colorado at the base of Red Canyon in the Colorado National Monument.