Christine Alfery, an International Award-winning Conceptual Artist from Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin, will be opening her art studio during The Northwoods Art Tour. The Northwoods Art Tour is a self-guided tour through some of Northern Wisconsin’s finest artist owned galleries and art studios. Participants will have the opportunity of meeting Christine in her studio, where she will have many of her award-winning paintings on view along with prints of her work on display and for sale during the tour. As well, participants will be able to see the artist at work in her natural habitat and enjoying the inspiration she draws from the surrounding area she lives and works in the Northern woods of Wisconsin.
The Tour begins on Friday, July 26th 2019 and will run thru Sunday July 28th 2019 from 10am-5pm daily. For more information about the tour, visit http://northwoodsarttour.com/.
Concept Driven Journeys
Alfery describes her work as ‘’concept driven journeys’’.
“For the longest time I have been working on artwork with contents that are represented by the concept of “journey”. The journey for me can be, concept oriented. That is what it takes to get an idea going, the research, the breakthrough and discovery of something new, different, unique, original. My journeys in my work are always concept driven.
There are other journey’s to be considered when I create. They might be context driven. For example, some might include the paths others take to reach a certain point, solve a certain problem. The context can be animal driven, like a herd of elk migrating for the season. The migration of monarch butterflies, birds. The historical context of intuits, or tribal travelers.
We have all heard the saying that life is a journey. For me this saying is a journey of contents. How do I feel about this or that? Often art or any kind of work for that matter can be content driven that is political, makes a statement about one thing or another. Women’s rights is an excellent example.
The journeys in my work are mainly concept driven, but can include, mostly by accident contacts and content. My circus series is an excellent example of combining content, concept and context. Most of my work is a journey. For the most part if it is a personal concept driven journey I will put this work into my journey series. The works you see are concept driven journeys. When I am looking for something – solving a problem – the work is concept driven.
There is usually a path in these works- where I leave my footprint. Like a footprint in the sand only this is a journey taken in my work. -Christine Alfery
ABOUT CHRISTINE ALFERY:
Christine Alfery has been creating and selling her art since the 1960’s. In the 1990’s she was a creative force on the national interior design scene. As her style has evolved, so has the interest, intrigue and demand for her work. Christine’s paintings have been widely exhibited in museums, galleries and in corporate and private collections throughout the United States and the world.
Her artistic style shows a maturity that comes from a lifetime of creative exploration. Christine’s “experimental abstractions” are filled with playful iconic symbols which enable her to “integrate the real with the abstract”. Christine is deeply influenced by the abstract expressionists, including: Hans Hofman, Mark Rothko, Elaine and Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler and Cy Twombly, to name a few, yet her style is uniquely her own.
Christine earned her Bachelors of Science degree, her Master’s degree in Education, her MFA degree and her Ph.D in Contemporary Art History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
She shows her contemporary, conceptual watercolor and acrylic paintings nationally and internationally. She competes in watercolor competitions around the world. Christine has won over 100 national awards and is a signature member of 10 national watercolor societies throughout the United States. She has been in more than 65 publications.
For more information about Christine, visit her website: www.christinealfery.com.
ABOUT NORTHWOODS ART TOUR
The Northwoods Art Tour was established as an educational, interactive event, taking place primarily at artists’ studios. This year marks 20 years of offering free annual art adventures with a record number of northern Wisconsin’s finest artists opening the doors to their galleries and private studios from 10am-5pm daily, July 26th, 27th and 28th For more information and a self-guided tour map, visit: http://northwoodsarttour.com.