Weems resident to showcase watercolors, acrylics and other mediums
Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury Resident Program Development Coordinator Amy Lewis is relatively new to the artist community, but already she is experimenting with watercolors, acrylics and a new technique called, “Yupo.”
Lewis is the featured artist during June in RWC’s Gallery Hall and also will showcase a few pieces at RWC’s new Life Enrichment Center next door, which opened May 4.
“My latest love is Yupo,” Lewis said. “This is a plastic coated paper and I use watercolors or alcohol ink to disperse over the paper, giving it a tie-dye effect. The paper is difficult to work with, but really fun too. You have to train yourself to work with a brush on it unless you want to be really abstract. The Yupo just does wild things with the paint.”
Lewis, who has worked at RWC for 14 years, had a joint exhibition with other staff members a few years ago, but this is her first one-woman show here.
“I’ve also been inspired by sugar skulls, [an old art form] created for the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead,” she said. “You create human skulls made out of sugar or you use animal skulls and you decorate them with dots and dashes and write the person’s name you are honoring on their skull.”
While no human skulls are featured in Lewis’ exhibition, she does have a deer and an opossum skull in her collection. The Weems resident will have about 35 to 40 pieces of artwork on display including more traditional watercolor and acrylic paintings, but even here you will see the budding artist experiment with texture by using plastic wrap, bubble wrap, salt or glue to achieve various effects.
Residents and community members are invited to view Lewis’s exhibition from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily throughout June in Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury’s Gallery Hall and in the Life Enrichment Center.