I interviewed the artist Judy Callas at her home studio as she was getting ready for an upcoming show. She is a mother of three and an art teacher at Springside School. Judy makes mixed media assemblages using metal, wood, and even bugs. The title of hershow is Layers of Life. Judy picked this title because most of the items that she uses in her pieces are stacked into layers. Herfavorite material to use is rusty metal and other items that show their age. Ordinary things that most people consider trash, shecalls treasures. Judy is very interested in nature and the environment and it shows in her artwork. She puts things together that might not seem to have a connection to create messages withher artwork that mean something to her. Judy also paints and sculpts, and sometimes combines these techniques in one piece.Her show will be at the Briar Bush Nature Center at the soon-to-open Treetops Gallery. She will be the first artist to show her work in this space. After her show is over, she will stay involved with the gallery, helping to curate future shows. Layers of Life will open on Friday, November 19th from 7:30-9:30 PM, and she will hold a meet-the-artist children’s workshop on Sunday 11/21 from 2-4 PM.
I would strongly encourage you to come to this show because shemakes very complex artwork with layers of meaning that will make you think. See you there!
Tags: Briar Bush Nature Center, Judy Callas, Springside School, Treetops Gallery