7/9/2012 9:03:00 AM Village Gallery of Local Artists showcase work of new members Judith Skinner & Patti Stepp
Artist Patti Stepp uses a palette knife, bright colors and multiple layers of paint to create three-dimensional landscapes and still life paintings that depict the beauty, drama and serenity of "mother nature’s garden."
The Village Gallery of Local Artists recently welcomed new member and polymer clay jeweler Judith Skinner, whose necklaces and pendants are favorites throughout Arizona and beyond.
The former computer software engineer discovered the world of polymer clay in 1995, and in the process of combining her technology background with artistic curiosity, became known internationally for her innovative discovery of a color gradation technique known as the Skinner Blend.
"My work has a sense of whimsy and frivolity with just a hint of order and geometry. When I discovered polymer clay, I reversed my priorities and now use my problem solving skills to enhance my artistry," said Skinner.
Polymer clay, she explains, is an extremely versatile art medium; it is malleable at room temperature, allowing the artist to sculpt, carve, drape, stamp, mold or hand form pieces of jewelry.
The result for this artist is a distinctive collection of neck pieces resembling "calla lilies," which when hardened with heat and subjected to the Skinner Blend, are fused into a palette of colors from soft subtle blends to vibrant metallic tones.
Her newest colors are eye-catching petunia-pink and denim. She also creates special jewels using the ancient Italian technique of millefiore -- crosscut clay forms that when fused, do indeed resemble a thousand flower petals.
Artist Patti Stepp uses a palette knife, bright colors and multiple layers of paint to create three-dimensional landscapes and still life paintings that depict the beauty, drama and serenity of "mother nature's garden." She describes her work as "a blend of impressionism with a touch of surrealism."
The artist uses her knives and a linen cloth to build and release paint on canvas, and has developed the skill of applying several colors at a time to create and enhance shapes, highlights and shading.
Over her 35-year career as an artist, Patti has accumulated an extensive resume which includes an Associate of Arts degree, work with masters like former desert painter, John Hilton and a career as an art educator.
She has exhibited her works from New York to New Zealand and from Southern California to Hawaii and Oregon and currently teaches classes in her Dewey, Arizona studio.
"I encourage my students to be spontaneous with color and technique," she says. "I try to teach each one to see the leaf, then paint more than the leaf."
The Village Gallery is currently taking applications for new artists. The Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and is located at 6500 Hwy 179, Sedona, at the Cortez Road roundabout. The co-op artist-members are on duty at the sales desk 363 days of the year.
For info, call 928-284-1416, stop in or visit in person or online at ww.sedonalocalartists.com