originally posted on the Rapidian.org
If you have ever had the privlidge of meeting Silk Screen Artist, Amy TenBarge, you know she is a firecracker. She received a Bachelors in Fine Art and Fine Art Education from Kendall College of Art and Design, continued on to finish her Master of Art Education, and for the past five years, Amy has been spending all her time building herself to become a grade school art teacher. Now that she is finally coming to the closure of Graduate school at Kendall she is ending with a bang.
Saturday, August 28, TenBarge had her coming out as a serious artist. She presented her first public art show, Amy Tenbarge – “The Portrayal of Women” a visual representation of women in advertising during the 1950’s and 1960‘s, exhibited at The Mustache Gallery. The multi-media pieces were mainly two dimensional silk screen, hand cut spray painted mylar stencils, and hand painted acrylic. “This has been a learning experience”, Amy explained as she described the process. She attempted her first piece on canvas and switched to oak plywood because it was a more stable surface to work with.
Overall, the night was a success. TenBarge sold 8 out of the 11 pieces exhibited. Stephanie Strowbridge and Caroline Kampfschulte of Moxie Hair and Beauty Parlor transformed the cocktail servers into 1950‘s housewives to help set the mood of the evening. They served fifties style appetizers, wine and ice cold PBR. Moxie specializes in creating vintage looks from the 1920‘s – 1960‘s.
The show consisted of the body of work she has been consumed with for the past couple of years – a sneak peek of what is in store for Artprize 2010. That is correct! The ambitious artist is one of Grand Rapids’ own competing at Artprize 2010. The exhibit will be installed at The First Congregational Church. TenBarge said she has finally found a happy balance between teaching and creating. “Artprize is just another chance to build myself as a fine artist and share my passion with others.”
Her work reflects women and their portrayal in advertising in the 1950’s and 1960’s. The portrayal of women during this period were clearly defined by the advertisements that filled magazines such as Ladies Home Journal and Home and Garden.” Each piece shows a slightly different role that women played during this period. The imagery of these women are complimented by a series of backgrounds created with mixed media to resemble vintage fabrics, and wallpaper of the period. These designs are intentionally repetative much like the domestic roles that females played during this time. TenBarge stated she is most influenced by the work of Shepard Fairey – combining elements of pop art, business art, appropriation art, and a little controversy. If Tenbarge is anything like the artist she is inspired by, I am eager to see what the artist produces for her Artprize entry.
More to come!