Kacey Stafford is an independent, mixed media artist in Baltimore, creating beautiful patterned paintings filled with color and texture. Her one-woman art business, Found Studio, offers her own hand collaged paintings featuring uplifting sayings, botanical and animal imagery, and Maryland themes. She manages an aesthetic that could fit in at Anthropologie, as well as it could a pop-art exhibit, or child’s playroom.
If you haven’t already marked your calendar, here’s a “really, it’s happening this week” reminder. Charles Dwyer’s incredible solo exhibition at Renaissance Fine Arts opens this Thursday (and remains up only through Friday). At the Thursday evening reception, Dwyer will be on hand to meet with guests as they experience Dwyer’s diverse collection of works including original works on canvas and paper, hand-embellished giclées, and an exclusive collection of limited edition photographs.
There are art galleries and then there are Art Galleries. And we’re not here to cast judgments on one versus the other. After all, so many of our now-revered masters died long before receiving serious recognition or seeing their works on the walls of Respectable Institutions. And besides, the whole point of art (sorry if we’re getting a bit heady for a Tuesday) has more to do with expression and beauty than it does with status and who’s who. As Picasso once said, “art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” And whether it’s on a museum wall or a refrigerator door, that’s what we’re looking for, right? In which case, it’s worth penciling in a visit to Renaissance Fine Art Gallery’s upcoming show—(more toward the museum wall end of the spectrum, to be sure).
On her website, Baltimore-based artist Kelly Walker says she makes her action-packed, explosively colorful abstract paintings – using a diverse array of materials, from acrylic to lacquer, car paint to spray paint, metal leaf, oil, and asphalt – because she cannot stop moving.
Born in Evansville, Indiana, in 1975, Walker does comes across as, well, hyper-energized, in person – judging by her extra-chatty, big-bespectacled persona, you might guess she’s a brand-new “Saturday Night Live” cast member before you’d say she’s the serious fine artist who shows her work at the BMA, Silo Point, and so forth, and the design talent who commands high-end clientele, collaborating with Patrick Sutton and others.