- 12th Annual FALC Senior Exhibition
- Medium: Mixed
- Dates: August 25 – September 19
- Artist’s Reception: August 29, 3-6 p.m.
Learn more about the unusual art form Pareidolia from creator Justin Leitner. View some of his work and you will want to sign up to take a class. Justin will show you how to bring out your own pareidolia. We also have photographs by Harry O’Conner of the Cary Photographic Arts Group. You can meet both artists while enjoying free coffee at our artist reception, Aug 29 6-9PM. These shows run Aug 26 through Sept 23. Stop by anytime to feed your curiosity with art and feed your belly with Coffee & Crepes!
For this month’s Final Friday event we are so happy to celebrate our two year anniversary in business. We are so thankful for the support from the community and the amazing local artisans we have met since we opened our doors in 2012.
Please join us for:
- Free wine
- Live music
- and arts n’ crafts for the kids.
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!
Join us at Studio 180 Salon for this upcoming Cary Art Loop Final Friday art crawl August 29th as we host works by artist Lauri Arntsen.
Dream • Create • Inspire…
“…it’s how I live my life”
Lauri grew up a little girl in northern Wisconsin. She helped her friends care for the pet raccoons, ducks, goats and chickens and they helped her build tree houses, look for bats and gather clay pigeon pieces in the fields to put back together like a puzzle. The only time spent indoors was to make cinnamon/sugar toast for a snack or watch Little House on the Prairie. Her dreams of life in the country were strong until at the age of twelve her world seemed to fall apart and her only friend was a duckling who had wandered away from it’s mother and was found all alone.
Following High School graduation and with seemingly no where to go, Lauri applied, and attended, the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. This was a big city to Lauri and the rules were suddenly wide open. It was an interesting juxtaposition in life as she struggled to find her own way as an adult. While on one hand she could not afford to stay (in school), on the other hand she could not afford to leave. She was a curious individual and loved the learning the independence and responsibility. But all three were secretly killing her at the same time.
In the early 90’s, she married, had a little girl and moved to North Carolina. The happy family of three bounced along and Lauri worked as a successful graphic designer and marketer for environmental firms and her talents and skills eventually moved more toward fine art. From newsletters, brochures and logos she went to billboards and trade show design and eventually murals and large scale display work. In 2002, she opened a public studio and was gaining Triangle wide recognition for her large contemporary and brightly colored landscapes. Life was great!
In 2003, a dear friend passed after a short battle with cancer. It was a difficult time for Lauri but, the next several years would prove arduous. A devastatingly painful divorce, a rash of personal attacks including a break in at her home and eventual loss of her job proved taxing. While taking some time to refocus her personal life, she maintained her focus in the fine art world as best she could. Taking part in juried shows mainly, she won a number of awards. In 2009 she was chosen as one of 12 Triangle artists to participate in the Scrapel Hill art exhibition at University Mall in Chapel Hill. The theme was to reuse otherwise thrown out materials to create artwork. Luck would have it that Lauri saved a broken up door that she held from the B&E at her home a year prior. She used the door and some other materials to create a large living sculpture. It proved to be instrumental in getting her back to creating after a hiatus of several years.
Today, she enjoys using recycled materials to create the highest quality of fine artwork. “Sometimes, life is ugly and all you can do is create beautiful or, at least, interesting art”, Lauri seems to have said.
Lauri Arntsen works mainly in oils, encaustic and mixed media. I am happy to share my knowledge with others and hold encaustic workshops throughout the Triangle. My art, workshops and other information may be found at: www.Arts-n.com as well as several popular social media sites.
On each of the Final Friday Art Loop Events, August 29 and Sept 26, Lauri will demo her encaustic process as time allows. Event visitors may try their hand at the craft and create a small work for a nominal fee starting at just $10.
Lauri will also have her home studio open to the public for the Wake Forest Area Studio Tour. You are invited Sept. 6-7 to see how the artist lives, works and plays while enjoying refreshments at her little white house on the hill.