Artists look outside the lines in new show
Two new artists at The Spiral Gallery bring international perspectives to their work.
Caroline Allen and Luke Lawrence are the forces behind the gallery's August show, "Outside the Lines." Allen, a painter, worked as a journalist in Europe and Asia, and Lawrence, a sculptor, worked on charter boats in the Caribbean.
The show will be featured through the end of August. An artist's reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at the gallery, 341 Broadway St.
Allen completed a painting-a-day project in 2014 and 2016 to push past creative blocks. Lawrence returned to Estacada after traveling to pursue a career in art and further engage his creativity.
"I'm showing a collection of pieces that were solely made to see what I was capable of. The designs are inspired by animals and people," he said.
"We're both trying to push arts to its limits," Allen added. "What the show does is push back about the notion of practicing art. If you look at the painting-a-day project, it's people practicing art and pushing on it as they try new things."
Though both Lawrence and Allen grew up around art, it hasn't always been an active part of their lives.
"I grew up around galleries and wanted to do something different," recounted Lawrence, a third generation metal sculpture. "I was on a road trip back from Alaska and camping in New Mexico, overlooking the Rio Grande. I thought, 'this place is awesome. I should do something artsy.' So I went and picked up some watercolors . . . I'm now falling in love with it for the lifestyle."
Allen frequently engaged with art as a child, but traded it for other pursuits like journalism.
"When I was a little girl, I won trophies for my art. I gave it up at age 12 and went back to it at 40," she said. "It was my calling that I gave up."
Lawrence's sculptures feature animals, including a giant rooster, and Allen's work stems from her painting-a-day project.
Both artists cite their time abroad as shaping their perspectives.
"The galleries in international cities are mind blowing. They spoiled me," Allen said. "It was a great environment for art, and it influenced me profoundly."
"I've traveled, and I've seen how everyone else in the world does it and had the realization that we can do whatever we want. There aren't any rules. I saw people doing the 9-5 things but I also saw others on the fringes," Lawrence added.
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