Multi-media artist, Lisa Casperson, will display petite paintings at Metro Wines from Thursday February 8, through Sunday, February 12, 2018. The pieces will revolve around the theme of birds, some of which belong to a series the artist is presently working on, Birds of North Carolina. These are not Audubon style bird representations; Casperson has combined several techniques to produce very unusual likenesses of our North Carolina song birds.
Smaller framed prints mean more affordable art, just in time for that perfect Valentine’s Day gift. A bottle of wine, a unique piece of art — who knows where that could lead?
About the artist: Lisa Casperson is a multi-media artist originally from Duluth, Minnesota. Having practiced three careers — teaching, writing and hair artistry — she now focuses solely on her visual art. To learn more about her creative journey and peruse her work, go to www.playswellalone.com.
Reception for this event will be held on Thursday evening, 4:30-6:30pm at Metro Wines, 169 Charlotte Street, Asheville.
I was thrilled to discover there are LOTS of birds here in North Carolina. When we first moved to Arden three years ago in December, I was flabbergasted to hear so many birds during the winter months. In Minnesota, only the sweet songs of the chickadees or the raucous shouts of a Blue Jay can be heard. Every time I hear a bird sing, my heart smiles.
thus it's not too surprising that painting a series of showcasing North Carolina birds is right up my alley. I playing with a couple of unusual techniques throughout this series that will make them quite unusual. Because there are so many varieties of birds here, I can savor this project will take some time.
I had one hour to collect driftwood on the beach of Lake Superior. I kicked off my shoes and zigzagged through the warm sand as it encased each footstep, hauling armsful of small and medium pieces back to where my husband, Chris, was stuffing them into extra large trash bags. Back and forth, dragging large pieces, including this lovely tree. I was soaked to the skin in sweat with glasses steamed practically blind, running back and forth. The driftwood basically filled the back of his pickup truck. This full tree had to be cut off in order to be fit into the back of the pickup on the way back to North Carolina. After weeks of brainstorming, I decided to drill holes in each section, trying to get each one perfectly straight and exactly in line (not an easy task). Then we cut a single piece of copper plumbing pipe and glued it into those holes seeking to get the edges just right. It's close. Standing on a stepstool, I drilled tiny holes in the branches through which I hung random pieces of expensive sea glass and less expensive chunks of glass wrapped in copper and brass wire. 'Searched for unobtrusive lights to put on the tree, which took several shopping trips. I would have prefered to have lights on the branches as well, but that type of lighting has unsightly green three-strand cords. I finally found these lights at Ace Hardware. I had a selection of bases to choose from, and finally, since the tree itself is such a dense wood and very heavy, chose this smaller portion of trunk from a felled tree in our yard. I like the spiky texture in one area. Again with Chris's help, we stabilized the trunk with copper pipe at its widest the biggest portion but had to use very long screws (never knew they existed, a nice guy at Lowe's helped me). Voila! A cool piece of Lake Superior art. Makes me think of Gordon Lightfoot's song, The Edmund Fitzgerald. I think I'll put him on Pandora right now!
All that driftwood! When we moved to Asheville, I hauled several bins of driftwood in order to create this type of art: mobiles, wallhangings, or these long hanging strings. At first they were solid driftwood, but as my stash shrunk, I started adding beads and other things I have collected.
When I ran out of heavier pieces to hang on the bottom to hold the strings steady, I began attaching Lake Superior rocks. Because I am always looking for things to use in my art in second hand shops, on this piece I used a really cool African napkin ring holder I purchased at Lulu's. That's the joy of creating something: I have an idea in my head, but it is never exactly what Ianticipated, as ideas strike me along the way that make it even better. I have drawers and bins full of possibilities: pieces of nature from everywhere I go, scraps of paper, old books and postcards, small old game parts, clock parts, bike parts. It is like putting a puzzle together...and just ask my kids...I love puzzles. They know because I have a habit of buying gifts for others that I want.