Connection: Staci Swider & Amy Hart

Main Gallery

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Connection: the action of linking one thing with another.

Staci Swider and Amy Hart first connected via Ciel Gallery in Charlotte, NC where they were both exhibiting members. Their work compliments each other as they are both artists who repurpose the old to create the new in colorful often unexpected ways. While Amy uses reclaimed utilitarian objects to create her three dimensional fanciful creatures, Staci uses old canvases and papers from previous works to bring her characters to life. For both women reconnecting with the past to create something new motivates their use of materials. Their new reality laced with the odd bit of whimsy that can’t help but make one smile.  They create connections between the old and the new, the forgotten with the remembered, the tangible with the obscure. 

Both artists share a history as designers and trend setters in the home furnishings textile industry before setting out on their own as independent artists. Amy has her studio in Charlotte, NC where she works her magic with fire and paint transforming bits and scraps of old metal. Staci keeps her painting studio in Aiken, SC, nestled in the woods on a large pond both of which fuel her imagination. 

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Due to Covid-19, Gallery admission is by appointment only. Please email Heather Williams at [email protected] or call 706-722-5495 to schedule a visit.

Friday, September 18, 2020 - 10:00am to Friday, October 30, 2020 - 6:00pm
Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art