Current Tin Shop artist explores the pioneer spirit
February 8, 2008
BRECKENRIDGE ” Entering the Tin Shop Thursday night, visitors were greeted by a petite, smiling Lorraine Lagerbloom, current resident artist at the Arts District of Breckenridge’s rotating artist space on Washington Ave. Surrounded by viewers eating cheese and cookies, she graciously answered questions pertaining to her art and personal life.
“It’s my first time in Colorado and I’m loving it,” she said to one man to her left.
“I work intuitively,” she said to another, nodding.
A large work table covered in white canvas sat in the middle of her studio, set up with a sewing machine, a tool box filled with items like a needle-nosed pliers and scissors, markers, different sized paper pads, cloth and colored thread in various natural shades.
Visitors milled around and viewed her art ” papier-mache sculptural objects and framed sketches of prairie scenes, birds and flowers.
Lagerbloom often studies “the pioneer spirit,” wanderlust and traveling through wide open spaces.
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“I’ve always been drawn to fields and wildflowers,” she said.
Much of her work is homage to wild places and the itchy feet that draws people to inhabit these fascinating localities.
Lagerbloom is a multi-media sculptor who’s homesteading on her family’s 25-acre compound in Hopewell Junction, N.Y. Her work mingles printmaking, sculpture and drawing techniques to touch upon topics pertaining to the character and will of the modern-day pioneer.
During her stay at the Tin Shop, she plans to study “nesting” by work with lights and fabric. Nesting can be defined as making a home and settling in one place.
“I often work with domestic items found in the home,” said Lagerbloom. “… In fact, themes of my work can be summed up by ‘home and away.’ … I’m connected to having a home and staying in one place … I love to travel, but only when I have a place to come home to …”
She received a BFA in printmaking from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2005. Since graduation, she’s worked as a fine art printmaker and, most recently, as a gardener while continuing to create her own artwork. Her work has been shown in several galleries in and around the Hudson Valley.
She will hold a free workshop, Paper Lanterns a Glow-Glow!, on Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. Participants will create paper lanterns that glow. All spaces are currently filled.
Open studio hours are held for the public on Wednesdays through Sundays until Feb. 23 from noon to 5 p.m.
All events are held at the Tin Shop, 117 East Washington Ave. For more information, contact Jenn Cram at (970) 547-3116, or WebsiteArt@townofbreckenridge.com