Customers come for the pop-up art sale

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Eight-year-old Maren Moore wanted to do something creative and… different on Saturday.

She had learned, she said, to dip strings in paint, sandwich them between two sheets of paper, and slide the strings around, creating a swoosh of colors resembling flower petals.

“I learned how to do it in a camp and I’m trying to do it again,” Maren said, while standing at Imagination Station at Capital Arts.

Nearby, her 11-year-old cousin, Macy Moore, sat at a table, sketching the likeness of a nearby ballerina figurine. She said drawing was kind of her thing.

“I just see something and draw it,” Macy said.

Maren’s mother, Sally Moore, said the family takes the day off to enjoy community events, such as the Capital Arts Pop-up sale held earlier in the day.

Moore admitted it was her first time at Capital Arts, and it was Maren who encouraged her to stop by the gallery for part of the day. Moore said Maren has been to Imagination Station several times, where kids can come in and use the art supplies and “make any mess and have creative fun.”

“It’s a hidden gem,” Moore said.

While the girls were creating, the adults were buying the sale. Moore acknowledged and highlighted the works of some of the locals she knows.

Several artists exhibited their works during the sale.

Sharon Kliethermes Gulick offered a variety of pieces she made.

Gulick said her main focus was photography, which she did for years. She created greeting cards and things like that with her images. She goes to watercolor. She displayed each of these media.

But, her current passion, Gulick said, is fiber art.

She exhibited landscapes and still lifes on Saturday, each image created using only scraps of fabric.

“The Cardinal is more of an example of a collage,” she said, pointing to one of her works.

She then moved on to a winter landscape, showing a cabin in a snowfall. In this piece, she said she added pulled wool to represent smoke.

“I do a lot,” she said.

The artist builds dimensions into the works using layers of colored fabrics.

“One of the beauties of this is that you can pull them out and rearrange them,” Gulick said. “You use a heat vapor method to melt that (back) and it will stick together. Then I’ll move it to whatever background it is.”

It all depends on the piece she is working on. Landscapes are very popular.

“I kind of do these fancy cottages and these little birds,” she said.

Debbie Engle, a “fluid artist”, said she often uses a “blooming” technique for the works. In flower, or acrylic pouring, the acrylic paint is poured onto a support and superimposed. Then the artist blows against the paint causing it to create patterns.

The paints need to be prepped so they flow properly together, Engle said.

“You must have the magic sauce,” she said. “You blow on it and it creates these cells.”

There are other techniques, she added. Engle featured tiles, coasters, bookmarks, paneling and canvas.

“The easiest thing to set up is smooth, hard surfaces,” she said.

Engle even offered swirl painted stones, which she donated. She uses leftover paint for stones, she says.

Lina Forrester worked nearby. She says she does a number of illustrations. But she also makes “intuitive art”.

Intuitive art, she explained, is improvised art.

“You’ve just started working – it’s kind of a meditative thing where you sit down and focus mostly on painting or coloring. You don’t think about where it’s going or if it’s going to be a masterpiece “, Forrester said. “You just do it for the love of the art. You enjoy the process.”

Fluid artist Debbie Engle exhibits her artwork for sale at Capital Arts’ Pop-Up Market in Jefferson City on Saturday, July 30, 2022. (Ken Barnes/News Tribune photo)
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