Catch up with Laura Hudson and Briony Morrow Cribbs!
LAURA HUDSON Several of our clients have collected work by Laura Hudson, a Whidbey Island native and daughter of Georgia Gerber and Randy Hudson. Since we have had various inquiries about Laura we thought it would be great to do an update about her.
Laura Hudson had a few shows here at Brackenwood Gallery before going back east to further her art education. Ms. Hudson was just awarded her Masters in Fine Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Currently living as an artist in Residence at Gallery Four in Baltimore, Laura also works as a cocktail server at Woodberry Kitchen.
Laura's first solo show is up right now in Baltimore called, TUG OF WAR - a chanty for the studio practice (Thank you Patti Smith). This year Laura was also a semi-finalist for a prestigious prize in Maryland called the Sondheim and has one painting up right now at MICA for that prize. Laura was recently in New American Paintings, which was her entré into a show in NYC in Tribeca this fall. Currently Laura is working on a solo show that will be up in October at the Arlington Arts Center outside of D.C. Since Laura’s work is on a large scale, she is unable to have work here at Brackenwood Gallery but we continue to follow her career and are delighted she is doing so well back east!
Another artist many have inquired about is Briony Morrow-Cribbs, who will have work in our upcoming Print Show opening on Sept. 1. Briony grew up on Whidbey and is the daughter of local artists, Buffy Cribbs and Bruce Morrow. After earning her BFA at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Briony moved to Vermont where she opened Twin Vixen Press in Battleboro, Vermont with fellow printmaker Helen O’Donnell.
While in Vermont, Briony began a professional relationship with Amy Stewart and Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, NC. Between 2008 and 2011, Briony illustrated two New York Times bestsellers: “Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities” and “Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon’s Army & Other Diabolical Insects.”
A few years ago, Briony moved to Madison, WI to continue her art education and in May 2012 Briony was awarded her MFA in Printmaking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While in Wisconsin she was the recipient of the University Fellowship, a Vilas Travel Grant and several professional development awards. Briony was recently offered an appointment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to teach etching.
Briony’s work from her MFA show is spectacular and looks at animals through the “lens of what we have in common”, revealing “parts of ourselves otherwise hidden”. Briony’s “menagerie is an exploration of the categories, ‘human’ and ‘animal’ and the intersections between the two. The work uses groupings of animals inhabiting a psychological space usually identified as the domain of the human: emotional interactions and complex relationships.”
In her artist statement, Briony examines what happens when familiar “human” sentiments are portrayed in the space between two animals: “Can we continue to define ourselves in opposition to a scene that is charged with the delicate nuances of passion, shame and excitement? And why do we often reserve animal imagery to represent us at our “worst”?”
Briony Morrow-Cribbs continues to show at Brackenwood Gallery, sending us new work from time to time and will be one of our featured artists in the upcoming Print Show which opens on September 1, 2012. We look forward to having new work of Briony’s in the gallery and encourage her collectors to come see the show!