There’s nothing better than one of our artists coming up with a brilliant new idea – but when three talented artists join forces to present a new concept, we’re positively giddy.
We’re delighted to introduce Reflections of an Artist, a new collaboration between artists Melissa Payne Baker, Andrea Costa and Stacy Milburn. Of course, we’ve worked with Melissa and Andrea for years but it was a pleasure to meet Stacy when the trio came to the gallery to pitch us on their new idea.
Their new concept marries their collective talent with a new surface: mirror. So clever! The smooth mirror acts as the most wonderfully reflective surface for the paint which means the images are full of light, dimension and texture.
We’re debuting this lovely line of painted mirrors this Friday and Saturday, August 25th and 26th from 12-5 at Huff Harrington Home and Melissa, Andrea and Stacy will be on hand to chat about their colorful mirrored collection.
It all got started when, after years of admiring each other’s work, the trio came together over coffee and hit it off like old friends. A year later (and as they jokingly say, a lot of coffee), Melissa, Andrea and Stacy’s brain-storming sessions turned into a beautiful reality. Melissa says: “we all had a deep desire to create something different in the art and design world.”
The mirrored art has a multitude of uses, marrying form and function perfectly. They can be used as table tops, back splashes, panel inserts, art or an entire wall of reflection with color.
Photo credit: Brian Bieder/Swatchpop.com
Brian BiederEach member of the trio has a special talent that she brings to the table. Stacy perfects the mirror with her unique and exacting process. “I like to consider a mirror as my canvas. I came up with this concept to give designers another way of bringing light into a space with specified colors that compliment a client’s existing artwork. Through careful experimentation I liquefy the copper, silver and tin within a mirror and move them around in abstract patterns leaving just the right amount for color application. The copper and silver muddled together bring out an aged beauty and texture.”
Melissa Payne Baker, an abstract painter and a Huff Harrington artist for almost a decade (thank you, we’ll take those bragging rights!) was immediately intrigued by a new process. “As an artist, I was starving for something new. This collaboration has been a wonderful path to create something beautiful and unique with two artists that I admire. The process has taught me to think of the final product first rather than building on a piece to create it. It took me a while to grasp painting in reverse but the effect is spectacular.”
Andrea Costa, a talented landscapist and another Huff Harrington artist whom we just adore (sorry, more bragging), also took to the mirrored process like a duck to water. “My rural roots and endless love affair with the land and water are my source of inspiration. I approached and embraced this create process but incorporated my classical training to create landscapes that give the viewer a moment to pause, breathe and reflect. Mirror is a perfect canvas for that.”
The mirrors are just magical. We love the idea of using them as art where they will fill a wallspace with reflection and light. We had some fun imagining them hung at Huff Harrington Home in a pretty vignette:
Hope you can come on over to Huff Harrington Home (at 3872 Roswell Road, Atlanta 30342) this coming Friday and Saturday to check these beauties out and to see which mirror is the fairest of all – we think they are all pretty much fabulous!