Amanda and Judith Dunbar “Home for the Holidays”
December 1, 2017,  through January 7, 2018

We are thrilled beyond belief to have both Amanda and Judith return “Home for the Holidays” to Blue House Too again! Amazing women and amazing talent!!

Amanda Dunbar

Art has a language all its own. The language of my art is not limited to the dialogue between the process of painting and the surface of the canvas alone, but also embraces a dialogue between the viewer’s emotional experience and their perception through sight. When a subject is deemed “worthy” of being made into a work of art, the viewer has an opportunity to view that subject in a different way. It is important to me that I respect the viewer’s dignity, spirituality and humanity while conveying these messages predominantly through color, texture and representation.

Communication is achieved in many provocative ways. For me, the process of painting in oil, my instinctively chosen medium, allows me a sensual catharsis among liaisons with color, smell and touch. The tactile whispers of this medium compel me to create art that honors who I am as a person and to create works that speak to those who share my muse or find inspiration among my processes. It is both an honor and a responsibility to communicate in this way. Mine is the communication of but one voice. I want that message to be heard, seen, felt and experienced.

Perhaps due to my youth, I am driven to explore the wonders of simple experiences, nature and the sacred values of humanity among seemingly hostile climates. A major theme that reoccurs in my artwork is the idea of facets; by this I mean different levels of meaning; many parts making up a whole. Mine is a confusingly complex world. As I learn and mature both physically and artistically, I strive to achieve greater understanding while I capture worthy subjects with honesty and grace. I will forever be a student.

Art is communication. Art seeks to inform. Information is power. Art equals power. Amanda Dunbar

© Dunbar Studios, 2015

Judith Dunbar

Judith Dunbar embraces the idea that “involvement in art is never ending.” She has shed the more traditional genres of her past to experience a more abstract and intuitive direction. She explores oils, acrylics and mixed media with great enthusiasm and is in constant drive and desire to experiment with art’s limitless boundaries. She admittedly loves the way that paint builds on a canvas and she has a magnetic attraction to the use of color and form. Her paintings are not about representation, but about essence. Judith Dunbar’s art, while being representational is without form creating a visual world where reality is mixed with images from her memory and fantasy.

Judith continues a long-standing theme of painting skewed memories and blurred perspectives. There is always a struggle between the ambiguous and the recognizable yet each painting is tied to the present moment in the viewers feeling of “knowing that place”. Judith’s professional life is spent working as a registered nurse caring for the critically ill. In order to “decompress” from her medical life, Judith began a small interior design business. It was through this business that she began developing multiple skills as a proficient faux finishing artist. Judith studied under many of the contemporary masters of the faux finishing trade and acquired a unique ability to meld both traditional methods and contemporary methods within her work. The combination of skills and her interest in fine art soon guided Judith into her own artistic direction.

In 1999 Judith took on a management role to support and care for the unexpected career of her then 13 yr old daughter. In a strange twist of fate, Judith’s eldest daughter Amanda Dunbar began suddenly painting at a remarkably masterful level while still in middle school. Her phenomenal overnight success required careful thought and guidance. Charged with the responsibility of protecting a very young artistic prodigy, Judith put her own artistic career goals aside. With Amanda’s coming of age, and education and career secured, Amanda encouraged her mother to return to her art and revisit a passion that had been quieted for several years.

© Dunbar Studios, 2015

Exhibit Dates and Hours

Friday, December 1, 2017, through Sunday, January 7, 2018
Wed – Fri: 2 pm – 8 pm
Saturdays: 1 pm – 9 pm
Sundays: 1 pm – 6 pm

Holiday Reception

Come meet these amazing women, celebrate the holiday season with beautiful artwork, music, friends and festive bites and drinks!
Wednesday, December 20, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

‘Guided by Angels’, by Amanda Dunbar

This beautiful coffee-table book of paintings by Amanda Dunbar is organized into three distinct styles: French Impressionism, Abstract, and American Expressionism. It was published in 2001, and showcases works done by Amanda when she was still a teenager, including a photo and the story behind her very first oil painting. The book is available for purchase at  Blue House Too.

Hardcover, 144 pages.