Artist Series ~ Creatures: Coretta Garlow at Cafe Buunni

Through November 17th

We have been so delighted to host local artist Coretta Garlow’s series of paintings this month at Cafe Buunni. Her oil on canvas series depicts animals, birds, and amphibians in a interplay of stark colors, bold strokes, and soft, unfocused blur. Each painting is devoted to a different animal, and lies at a point between still life and portraiture. The paintings are whimsical, yet the sincere attention to their subjects invests them with a quiet seriousness. Having them on our walls for this last month has bestowed on us the sense of being amongst nature, with these wild beings, and yet — imminently safe.

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More about this series, in Coretta’s own words:

I am an artist and student of early childhood literacy education whose present work emerges from my research and thought on how fascinated small children are with animals. I think of each small, square oil painting as a quiet, close, personal moment of connection between a child and a creature in the wild, The distorted colors signify that this is not a scientific study, but an emotional experience. The young human (or the viewer of the creature) is noticing some real aspects of the animal, but projecting some of their own inner life onto the living creature that they observe.

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If you would you would like to purchase one of the oil on canvas paintings or commission a new, personalize creature, you can contact Coretta at garlowcoretta@gmail.com.

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