Gallery 1001 is pleased to exhibit Flowers in the month of May, though the recent April rain showers are not responsible. Artwork by guest artists Clif and Sharon Flower will be featured in a special display.
Lifetime residents of Winfield, this husband and wife team enjoys creating art. Clif’s focus is wood carving, while Sharon specializes in pastels.
Clif met Linda Kenzy in 1978 and studied wood carving with her. He continues to work with Kenzy but noted that Rex Branson has also been influential for his projects.
Human heads and figures are common subjects under Clif’s skilled hands. A Winfield barber at Shear Point, he smiled when comparing his vocation with his passion for wood carving. He works on heads all day, and works on heads at night also. He trims a little here and shaves a little there and ends up with results that are usually pleasing to people. Sharon quickly pointed out that with his wood carving, if a little too much is removed, it won’t grow back.
Clif recently enrolled in a ceramics class through Winfield Arts and Humanities Council to learn techniques for creating a bust by adding clay, rather than removing chips.
Sharon, a 24/7 grandma to the eight children of the couple’s three sons, explained how she has always been interested in painting. In April of 2014, she enrolled in a pastel class taught by Martha Fitzwater, and has been creating pastel art ever since.
For both Sharon and Clif, ideas for their art are everywhere. They enjoy touring other art exhibits to glean ideas for their own projects. “Wood carvers are thieves,” Clif said. “They steal ideas.”
Sometimes Sharon works from a photograph. “It’s just a starting point,” she said. “The finished art takes on a life of its own.”
Both Clif and Sharon find that art enriches their lives. It helps them relax. “It gives me a chance to express myself,” Sharon said. Clif added that art can help anyone with self-expression. It serves as an outlet for the unique lifestyles of people in Winfield and Cowley County.
The sculptures and pastels of Clif and Sharon Flower will be featured at Gallery 1001, 10th and Main in Winfield, throughout the month of May. A welcome reception to honor them will be held Friday, May 8, from 5:00 to 7:00 at the gallery. The public is invited.