May Guest Artist - Jay Moore
Jay Moore's Artist View
I am a creative person and I see art in everything. I have a great appreciation for all forms of art including visual art, theater, poetry, etc. From a child I would look at something and try to figure out how it was made which triggered my creativity. I would imagine and visualize something and try to bring that vision to life. I like to design and make all sorts of items, from clothing to electronic circuits! I have been sewing clothing since the age of 7 and not soon after drafting my own patterns. I have degrees in Electronics and Internetworking. I have been an electronic journeyman for 39 years. Since the early 1980’s I have had careers that encompassed electronic technology, computers, computer systems and networks, telecommunications, IT, troubleshooting, maintenance and research and development.
I was inspired to become an artist one day, by challenging myself to make portraits of people out of thread. And In order to accomplish this challenge, I decided to combine my passions. I attempted to create a portrait that looked realistic and that captured the essence of my model’s personality using fabric as my canvas and thread as my paint. This has been over 35 pain staking years filled with trial and error, personal tragedy, numerous software applications and various hardware & peripheral interfaces. I ultimately succeeded in reflecting the character of the individuals in every one of God’s unique designs which I lovingly call THREAD FINE ART. I previously shared my artwork with only close family and friends. But my sister and a dear friend told me that my artwork was beautiful and if I shared it with the public they would love it. I didn’t believe them. One day my friend convinced me to visit my local Public Library to apply for a Local Artists’ Exhibit. I filled out the application, turned it in and the rest is history.
The purpose of a portrait is to memorialize an image of someone for the future. It can be done with painting, photography, sculpture, or almost any other medium. Portraits have always been more than just a record. They have been used to show the power, importance, virtue, beauty, wealth, taste, or other qualities of the subject. The thing I enjoy most about being an artist is creating artwork that is detailed and that has character and looks great at a distance as well as up close. The most challenging part for me is to create a piece that looks exactly like the vision I see in my mind’s eye. And hopefully others will see what I see and appreciate the detail that goes into producing it. I enjoy the fact that my God inspires my artwork.
This exhibit is called Jay’s Artist View which is my creative artistic expression of people, objects and events that interest me. The artwork in this exhibit was inspired by life and visions that God inspired in me. I hope that everyone who views this exhibit will go away with something that resonates positively within them.
You can see more of Jay Moore is Digitalmama on her website www.digitalmama.net
Coming to the Gallery in July
Previous Guest Artists & Lecturers
Aakruti Liva presented "Environmentalism and America's Landscape in Photography."
Former Senior Advisor at the Environmental Protection Agency, Liva took us alongside her travels through her photographs as she discussed current environmental issues and ways to protect the environment.
Antonia Ruppert is a local artist and entrepreneur who has been painting for more than 25 years. Ruppert creates paintings that connect people and tell a story. You can see more of Ruppert’s work on her website www.antoniaruppert.com.
Le'Ana Asher is an artist, creator and an Anishinaabe/Ojibwe Indin from L'Anse Indian reservation. She is a painter of the enduring Native American spirit and the legacy of indigenous people and their ways of life.
Karla Wong grew up in Oaxaca Mexico. She is a transgender MTF Artist whose work reflects her Istmena roots. She paints magical characters using emblematic symbols and bright colors. She pushes the limits and steers away from more traditional elements.