Thursday, November 17, 2011

Looking Through the Kaliescope

Looking Through the Kaliedescope, Mixed Media Collage and Assemblage, an art exhibit by Sylvia Falconer, at the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Greeley, 929 15th  St. and 10th Ave. First Friday artist reception Dec. 2 from 5 to 8 pm. The Artist will speak about her work at 7 pm. The Exhibit will continue through January 29, 2012. Open also Sundays 10:30 am-12 noon, sponsored by Chalice Arts.

Sylvia Falconer's Background:
Sylvia Falconer has followed a career as a minister, a writer and a speaker. She has become well known in Greeley as a minister and a writer. In addition to raising a family, she has spent 23 years as a Unitarian Minister. She has taught, counseled, has had two TV programs, and has lived in several different places in her life so far, including Seattle, the Netherlands, and Alaska.

Ms Falconer has been moved by art since she was a child, and it has been part of her life everywhere she has been, spending time studying, collecting art or supporting artists where she has lived.

Seventeen years ago, she developed Essential Tremor, which affected her voice and hands. She continued her ministry in spite of the devastating loss of the ability to speak, through writing for various publications, including Faith columns in the Greeley Tribune. After a friend suggested she experiment with art, she decided to try, and began with fabric collage. Thus began Sylvia’s expression through art.

“With my shaky hands, the cutting and placement was difficult, yet the joy of creating a story with fabric, paper, paints, or whatever trinkets I found filled me with delight.  I was creating something, not with words (though you’ll find words therein), but with a whole different part of my senses.” ,

Recent Art Experience:
The content of Sylvia’s work is related to all of her life experiences, including  family, feminism, and social justice, and simply the joy of creating beauty. She loves experimenting with various media. Sylvia has exhibited her artistic work now for around seven years, receiving awards  in Art from the Heart Competitions and Senior Exhibits, for her work in mixed media, collage, assemblage, oils and acrylics.

Deep  Brain Stimulation Surgery has enabled her to speak again, to use her hands, to write, and to create artwork with more dexterity, which she expects to continue for the rest of her life.

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