Down the Creative Rabbit Hole

by: Liz McKay, Gallery Manager

Taking part in an Artist Challenge is a great way to shake the cobwebs off your creativity and to flex some often dormant art muscles.  So, every year, I participate in one or more of these challenges.  Once such artist challenge is the annual Mad Hatter’s Tea Party hosted by Gallery 27.

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party is a Gallery 27 tradition and, it not only invites artists to push their imaginations, it provides local collectors the opportunity to purchase fun and quirky original works of art. The participating artists are given mysterious prompts, or weird rules to ensure each exhibit is unpredictable in nature and a one-of-a-kind event.

This year’s challenge began with 5 initial artists who were invited to a secret group.  They were then presented with this year’s theme and each was asked to invite 5 additional artists. Those artist invitees were then asked to invite 5 more artists; creating a viral “rabbit hole” effect. The theme of this year’s event is Wanderland: A Fairytale Forest (a twist on Lewis Carroll’s fictional Wonderland). It’s hard to imagine a traditional fairy tale without an ancient forest. For me, it conjured immediate flashes of lush green forest floors covered with delicate and unusual flora.  After doing a bit of online noodling about for images of deep forest plants, I found myself slipping down the visual rabbit hole of fractal geometry and there found my inspiration.

If I’ve piqued your curiosity, I invite you to join us for the Tea Party on opening night and see what the artists have created. All works are available for purchase and will be sold in a silent auction. The auction will begin during the opening reception on March 10, 2018 and run until the last day of the show April 18, 2018.