Artist of the Month - September 2017
by Judie Apablaza
Many of our sturdy and determined members braved the smoke and freeway closings, to bring artwork for display and treats for the table to enjoy for our first meeting of the season. Kimberly Ann Talbert was our blue ribbon winner with a photography piece titled, “Bridge of Dreams.” We see a familiar Japanese bridge at Descanso Gardens, but no, the bridge has been changed to a teal blue! Because the textures, values and tone have been altered, it creates a heightened awareness in the observer that would otherwise be overlooked. True to Kimberly’s quest, we look at the bridge with fresh eyes. Our winner has used the “Picasa” computer application to manipulate and change an original photo into something unique and a one-of-a-kind work of art.
Kimberly has stated, “Through my photograpy I want to show people what I see. There are so many wonderful things to see in the normal world, but most of us are so busy that we simply do not take the time to stop and enjoy what is around us. So in essence, I want to share the beauty and awe of the everyday things surrounding us. if I have done that, then I am happy and am accomplishing what I have set out to do.”
Kimberly works with gourds, photography, watercolor, oils and hand-strung jewelry of semiprecious and precious gems. She also works in leather, producing “Medicine” bags for various Native American groups. She is very attuned to nature and is especially drawn to the peace and beauty of Descanso Gardens. She is active as a docent with school children with official tours of the garden.
We are very pleased to have Kimberly’s energy and dedication invested as a member and board member of Verdugo Hills Art Association. If you wish to keep up with Ms. Talbert’s shows, visit her website kimberlyann-talbert.pixels.com.