December 9 - 30, 2020
“On Saturday, December 9th, Wally Workman Gallery opens a two-person show with California based Julia Lucey and Colorado based Julie Maren. Both artists take inspiration from nature. Maren works directly with natural materials like burr acorn shells and mica to create organically shaped wall installations. Lucey creates meticulous etching collages depicting the local flora and fauna. The wildlife in Lucey’s pieces look directly at the viewer, in judgement but also as a plea—as human activity is threatening their existence. This year California has seen devastating wildfires, turning the sky intense and unusual colors. These changing colors are reflected in Lucey’s new work. The sky has also been a focal point for Maren, a unifying source as it is shared by all humanity. Her works in the show, like Eclipse and Stardust, focus on moving from darkness to light, reflecting the changes above us but also a wish for mankind.
Julie Maren received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her artwork is exhibited in the U.S. and abroad, and is part of private and corporate collections around the world. She has illustrated two children’s books, “Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa” and “An Orange in January,” both for Dial/Penguin Books, received major grants from the Colorado Commission on the Arts and the Boulder Arts Commission. Her sculptural work was commissioned for Boulder’s Pearl Street pedestrian mall and she has attended sculpture symposiums in Wellington, New Zealand, Bangalore, India and Marble, Colorado. Most recently, Maren, co-founder of “The Women’s Art League” is featured in a short film with Judy Chicago, “The Famous Women Dinner Service: In Conversation with Contemporary Art,” by the Yale Center for British Art, filmed by the Brooklyn Museum.
A resident of Fairfax, California, Julia Lucey got her BFA in printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute. The inspiration for her art came from her years spent backpacking and working in the Western United States. As an Artist-in-Residence at Kala Art Institute, Julia has focused on traditional etching techniques and aquatint to create images dealing with the evolving issues of wildlife, its dissolution, and the attempt by many to direct its path. She has exhibited her work throughout the United States.
Wally Workman Gallery continues to be open by appointment only. Appointments can be scheduled online at the website.
Established in 1980 and located in a 100 year old historic house in Austin’s art district, the Wally Workman Gallery specializes in emerging and collected talent.
Send inquiries to Rachel H. Stephens at [email protected] or call 512.472.7428″
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