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Julie Lamp’s Eclectic Artwork on Display at BRAC

Anderson Artists Guild member Julie Lamp’s work is currently on display at the Blue Ridge Arts Center (BRAC) in Seneca from July 16 to August 21.

The exhibit, titled From the Sea, is an interpretation of a single theme in various art forms. The subject is divided into three areas: “The Sea,” “The Shore” and “The Ships.”

There are 30 pieces in the exhibit: 10 watercolors, 5 acrylics, 7 baskets, 2 pastels, 2 photos, 2 stained glass panels and 1 collage. Lamp says she let the subject dictate which medium she used. Also included is an assemblage titled Catch of the Day, with a fishing net used to represent man’s destruction of the ocean environment: a floating island of garbage.

Here are Lamp’s reflections on three of her pieces:

The Day is Done (acrylic)

“Painting a large acrylic canvas was my biggest challenge. However, some of the images that I wanted to represent needed to be painted this way.

“We are fortunate to live on a peninsula on Lake Keowee in Keowee Key where we can view the sunrise from our front door and the sunset from our back patio. This piece combines several of those breathtaking views.”

Conch (basketry)

“When we built our home here, I discovered that my builder’s wife taught basket weaving classes. After several classes, I was able to create my own designs which have been in several juried shows.

“I have a large collection of shells from years of walking on the beach and visiting multiple shell shops. This basket represents a shell from my collection.”

The Race (stained glass)

“I started making stained glass in 1988. When thinking about giving away my supplies, I discovered that I had several unfinished pieces. Fortunately, I found a teacher in the area who helped me finish those and also create new ones.

“I owned a home on Lake Winnebago in Wisconsin, where I sailed on a Hobie Cat catamaran and competed in several races. This piece reminds me of the thrill of racing.”

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