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Like a Box of Crayons

Aug 30, 2014
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location
Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts (FCCA)
813 Sophia Street
Fredericksburg, VA

Marti Belcher and Jeanne Tanks have come together to create a dynamic experience, rich in color, form and passion. ‘Like a Box of Crayons’ can be viewed at the Frederick Gallery (FCCA), 813 Sophia Street, Fredericksburg, Virginia.

“LIKE A BOX OF CRAYONS”

In 1995 ‘Forrest Gump’ won the Oscar for Best Picture of the Year. Tom Hanks took home the Best Actor Award for his poignant portrayal of Forrest Gump. All of us can still hear Tom Hanks saying, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

Like Forrest’s box of chocolates, a box of crayons also has endless possibilities.

As little girls, Marti Belcher and Jeanne Tanks both loved their box of 48 (crayons): all the colors of the rainbow and more; so many potential pleasures, only limited by one’s imagination. Out of this love of color in all of its forms, emerge two artists whose work feels like one of Crayola’s finest moments.

Jeanne grew up in the country in Michigan; Marti grew up in the country in New York State. They both gave birth to two daughters. They both married military officers. Those are shared happenings; the rest of their lives went in very different directions, as did their art and creativity.

Jeanne Tanks paints with glass. Most of us don’t even know what that means. Here is a tad bit of information about the process. One of the most difficult and challenging art mediums to master is the process of painting (fusing) glass onto glass to create a realistic picture. To create such a painting requires in-depth knowledge of the properties of glass, the color shifts that often occur when it is heated, its coefficient of expansion and the imperative use of only compatible materials, and the effects of time, temperature, and annealing requirements that are related to the mass of the project and colors of glass used. Jeanne’s imagination creates beauty, and permanently captures her vision at temperatures above 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. Her work must be seen to be appreciated by ordinary mortals.

Marti Belcher was missing creativity in her life. So she left the employ of the Federal Government when she turned fifty-five years old. Curiosity led her to her first loves, learning and the visual arts: art history, architecture, interior and graphic design. To receive a degree in Graphic Arts, photography was a requirement. That meant black and white film in the darkroom. It was an inauspicious beginning for a woman who did not particularly like cameras.

Marti’s often goes on a junket to Asia, particularly India and Myanmar. It is a long way from a dairy farm in New York State but the dairy farm was a good place for Marti to start her journey. She photographs ordinary people in commonplace situations on the other side of earth, rich in color, form and sensibility. Marti’s portrait work has hung in galleries around the country, drawing rave reviews: fascinating, handsome, turbanned men of Rajasthan, tattooed, exotic Naga women and beguiling children with magic in their eyes.

Marti Belcher and Jeanne Tanks have come together to create a dynamic experience, rich in color, form and passion. ‘Like a Box of Crayons’ can be viewed at the Frederick Gallery (FCCA), 813 Sophia Street, Fredericksburg, Virginia. (An Artists’ Talk was held during their Opening Reception Friday, 1 August 2014, 6-9 PM.)

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Event Link: http://www.fccava.org/main_gal/8-14/