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THE BIRDS AND THE BEES

Painting and Sculpture by
Jeff Kapfer and Karen Woodward

On View
March 13 - April 24, 2010


OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION
Saturday, March 13, 2010
7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

Just in time for Spring, The Birds and The Bees pairs painting by Jeff Kapfer and small scale sculpture by Karen Woodward to create a waggish display on view at PHD Gallery, March 13 through April 24, 2010 with an opening reception Saturday March 13, 2010, from 7 to 10PM.

Brightly colored and tightly composed bird paintings by Jeff Kapfer hearken back to 60's and 70's interior design. On view are more than 24 of Kapfer's clean edged, acrylic on canvas paintings ranging in size from one foot square to four feet by three feet. Clustered around the paintings are dozens of 1-2 inch high glass bees by artist Karen Woodward. Her bees are among her signature cast of peculiar characters she creates with flameworked glass. The interspersed bodies of work create a comical and playful dialogue and a humorous fantasy environment. In addition, Woodward's more complex narrative works, whose properties utilize humor to make social commentary, are featured in PHD's Portfolio Gallery.

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Jeff Kapfer earned a BFA from Webster University with an emphasis in graphic design. He has held graphic design positions for companies such as "Build-A-Bear Workshop" and "RIDEMAKERZ" and is currently the senior designer and art director for the new Vital Voice Magazine. Kapfer combines his graphic design influence with his childhood obsession with birds to create vibrant light-hearted paintings:

"I do quick bird sketches breaking down their complex form into simple shapes and lines. These sketches turn into black and white paintings, and later I add bold, bright colors. My bird paintings are based on design, focusing on color and composition. Each painting takes on it's own personality; some look cheerful, some serious, others look like they are waiting for something or calling to their bird friends. My work is a reflection of myself, positive and upbeat."

~Jeff Kapfer

Karen Woodward received her MFA in sculpture from Washington University. She is a mixed media studio artist specializing in the creation of flameworked glass sculpture and is Chair of the Glass Department at the Craft Alliance Education Center in St. Louis. "My art is about personality, character, and attitude. I create unique character portraits that explore facets of the human psyche. With a bright palette of colors and simple, cartoon-like imagery, my sculptures are light hearted and comical, illustrating both physical and psychological aspects of the individual. Although each piece can be appreciated for its individual qualities, my work is often displayed as an installation or as a narrative group. It does not take long for the viewer to see that humor and whimsy are utilized to make social commentary, though all of my work is created with the intention of entertaining the viewer in its exploration of personality and expression."

~Karen Woodward


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