3 generations of women share their art at Irving Park Art & Frame
By: Terry Rader
“The Golden Thread – an Art Show of Three Generations” will feature a special two-day reception of three artists: a mother, daughter and granddaughter on April 12 and April 13 in the boutique gallery at Irving Park Art & Frame. The show will be up through May 3 and will feature 60 or more works of watercolors and mixed media, and is free and open to the general public.
Katherine “Katie” Lee Armistead is excited to be sharing a show with her mother, Alberta Chandler Armistead, and her niece, Lindsay Armistead Vance. She said she felt the best thing about this show is being able to work with her mother and niece, who have a common bond in art. While they each express themselves uniquely in their work, art is “the golden thread” that ties them together. Katie and Lindsay will each speak about The Golden Thread and their earliest memories of drawing on Friday night, and the majority of the artwork will be for sale.
Katie’s part-time job at Irving Park Art & Frame is one she has had since college. She and owner Renee Lauver were both mutual friends with Elisabeth Pugh, who sold Irving Park Art & Frame to Lauver in 2007.
“Getting to know our customers is important to us,” according to the Irving Park Art & Frame website. “We develop a trusting and helpful environment and offer a quality product so that our customers will continue to bring their art in to be framed and tell others about us.
Katie said she has been painting her whole life. She was a professional art educator and teacher for Guilford County Schools for 31 years and grew up doing some kind of art every day, which continued with her students. She has regularly been painting for the past 25 years and said that art requires discipline.
She primarily works in watercolor and likes to work in mixed media using oil pastels and painting watercolors on altered paper, a technique she does by adding collage paper onto watercolor paper. She said it is very freeing and very much like a science experiment when the paint hits the pigment in the creases of the paper, and it runs across the paper on its own. Her pieces are mostly medium-size for this show and will include a series of botanicals as well as varied subject matter of things she has done in the past with landscapes, animals and birds.
“Nature is my go-to subject matter,” Katie said. “It brings me a lot of joy, and I want my art to bring the viewers joy. We don’t have a lot of time to get out in nature. My art captures certain moments I am experiencing in nature that are fleeting before I have to walk away and it’s gone forever. We are all nature lovers, and there is so much beauty in the imperfection that only nature can produce.”
She said that she is grateful that she doesn’t have to support herself as an artist and can enjoy it as a hobby.
Alberta, now in her 80s, continues to paint casually from time to time and likes to give her paintings away. A commercial art major from Mississippi University for Women, she worked in advertising doing drug store ads when she got out of college. Later, she worked as a fashion illustrator in Goldsmith’s Department Store in Memphis, Tennessee. After moving to Statesville, North Carolina, she became a mother and worked as a freelance illustrator while she raised four kids. It was in her 50s that Alberta became serious about her painting. She paints traditional watercolors and still life.
Lindsay has been actively painting for six years and received training in graphic design in college and through her job at A Place For The Heart, located in Sophia. She primarily paints watercolors and will be displaying some work from her trip to Italy and other travels. She has done a new series of abstracts or nonobjective pieces for this show that portrays her experience of being a new mother and bringing a new person into her family’s lives. Katie said that these pieces are mostly geometric shapes and when she looks at them, she said she could see a lot of symbolism in the way the shapes interact with each other.
“Art has certainly been a blessing, and I realize this more and more,” Katie said. “When you create art as a hobby and interest, it is something you can always go to in order to make your life more fulfilling.”
TERRY RADER is a freelance writer, storyteller, poet, wellness herbalist, flower essences/energy practitioner and owner of Paws n’ Peace o’ Mind cat/dog/house sitting.
April 12- May 3, The Golden Thread – an Art Show of Three Generations, April 12 at 5:30-8 p.m., Friday, Opening Reception, April 13 at 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Afternoon Reception at Irving Park Art & Frame, 2105 W. Cornwallis Dr., Suite A, Greensboro, NC 27408, 336.274.6717. Store hours: 9:30-5:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat., Closed Sun. https://www.irvingparkartandframe.com/localartevents, https://www.facebook.com/shoplocalwithrenee/