Kathy Weaver and Michael Cutlip Reception

On Friday night, ZIA|Gallery was abuzz with friends, art lovers, and curious passerby for the opening reception of Kathy Weaver and Michael Cutlip’s two person show. Weaver, who hails from Highland Park, airbrushes, embroiders, and paints on silk, velvet, satin, and cotton to create playful multi-media pieces with color palettes that excite the eyes. Her work often pokes fun at society or comments on socio-political issues, such as violence, technology, and gender roles. Cutlip, a San Francisco native, paints and collages on panel, and also utilizes printmaking to achieve his desired aesthetic. He experiments with found materials, and possesses an artistic freedom often lost among adults.  His work evokes a sense of nostalgia and child-like wonder.

Visitors to the gallery were impressed with Weaver’s intricate multimedia fiber pieces, and were inquisitive about the artist’s methodology and materials. Many people came from the Chicago area specifically to see her work. She spent most of the evening greeting visitors and posing for photos with them. Her work was described as “delightful,” “funny,” and “marvelous” by various attendees of the event.

Cutlip spoke to several people about his printmaking techniques, including his use of Xerox transfers to incorporate his children’s artwork into his pieces, giving it a personal, lighthearted, and sometimes mischievous touch. He described his monotypes as “uninhibited” and said that he enjoys experimenting with chine collé and his etching press to create new textures, patterns, and imagery. “The prints are intuitive, and that’s what I like about them. It’s all about the process.”

The exhibition continues through March 2nd, 2013.

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Michael Cutlip, center.

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Michael Cutlip, Kathy Weaver and Michael Cutlip’s work, Scribble Scrabble (right).

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Michael Cutlip and Kathy Weaver at ZIA Gallery

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On Friday, January 18, 4:30 – 7:30, join ZIA Gallery in welcoming two accomplished artists Michael Cutlip from San Francisco and Kathy Weaver from Highland Park. Both artists are inspired by the uninhibited nature of a child engrossed in creativity.  In his mixed-media paintings on panel, Michael Cutlip becomes one with whatever materials are at hand to apply color, make marks and intuitively, yet strategically, collage pieces of vintage illustrations, often resulting in both whimsical and sophisticated rhythms and patterns that amuse and delight. By nature of her process, Kathy Weaver’s approach is more deliberate, frequently applying airbrush on satin or paper, embroidery and a variety of collaged found objects. In addition she directly paints, draws and sculpts combining a wide variety of materials and techniques. Her themes circle through intersections of nature, technology and the human condition. She is inspired by robotics, microscopic life, nanotechnology, and human nature. Both artists evoke wonder.

Michael Cutlip exhibits nationally. In 2012 his work was acquired for the Microsoft Art Collection.  Kathy Weaver has work in the Museum of Art and Design in NYC. She, too, exhibits nationally.

The exhibition continues through March 2, 2013. All are welcome to meet the artists at their opening reception, January 18, 4:30 – 7:30. ZIA Gallery is located 2 short blocks from the Winnetka Metra Station.

ZIA|Gallery
548 Chestnut St.
Winnetka, IL 60093

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