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Paris meets Preston at French Quarter style art show

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

Two Friends, Two Countries, Two Cameras is the motto Stacey Hildebrandt and Lynn Lutzi Léger use on their business cards to promote their photography and their art. These photographers will be offering their work at a French Quarter style art show outside of JuliaClaire Repeat Boutique on May 11th from Noon to 3:00 PM.

Stacey and Lynn are both from SE Minnesota: Stacey from Stewartville and Lynn from Byron. They have been friends “forever”. The two women share an interest in capturing memories through pictures. Lynn loves to travel and documents her travels through pictures. In 2011 Lynn moved to Paris, France to be with her husband and it only seemed natural for her to stay connected to and share her experiences with family and friends through her photographs.

Stacey has had the honor of participating in life changing moments with others through photography. Whether it be a wedding day, birth of a new baby or capturing the last memories a family has with their loved one, she has done it all. “In addition to capturing life events, photography allows us to have a glimpse into one another’s lives. It is also a way to share with others sights they may have yet to explore,” explains Lynn.

Stacey and Lynn have amazing photographs and they apply those photos to repurposed materials to create unique art. Old boards, cupboards, doors and canvas are just some of the mediums used for their art.

“When Stacey brought their photographs to my shop, I was very impressed but what really amazed me was the interesting and unique character the photos took on when they applied them to the different textures and mediums,” stated Trish Keating, owner of JuliaClaire Repeat Boutique in Preston.

“When I asked Stacey if she would like to participate in an art show at the store, she informed me that Lynn would be home in May so we scheduled the French Quarter style art event for the Saturday of Mother’s day weekend,” explained Keating.

Keating has been to New Orleans many times and decided to create an art show with a French Quarter flavor. “One of my favorite places in the French Quarter is Jackson Square. There is a black, rod iron fence that surrounds the block-sized park that the artists hang their works on. Tourists are able to view and purchase the works from the Artisans themselves. It is like an outside museum and art fair all in one” explains Keating. “I thought that the rod iron fence outside my shop would help to create a French Quarter ambiance and that my customers would appreciate the relaxed shopping experience and meeting the Artists.

In addition to Stacey and Lynn’s works, Keating will also show case three other local Artisans.

Sheena Tollefson has been creating custom letter art, greeting cards and framed art from her photos for JuliaClaire customer’s since the shop opened last April. “Sheena has photographs of all of the letters used in her art and then combines them for custom prints,” states Keating. “She has a great eye for photography as well as for bringing her photographs together to create a unique flavor for different tastes. One of our customers asked for a rustic quality and she was able to create that feeling through combining specific style letter photos she had taken. The customer was thrilled with the results and indeed the rustic feeling was apparent.”

Deb Topness is also a local photographer who’s work will be featured. Topness has been selling her art at JuliaClaire since its opening also. Deb’s scenery and wildlife photos have a country flavor and depict a very serene and peaceful feeling,” said Keating.

Jereme Suckow is a metal artist and his art will be at the event. “Jereme is an extremely creative Metal Artisan. His use of horse shoes and repurposed silverware to create garden ornaments is something I believe many will find fun and interesting and will add a special touch of whimsey to their own gardens,” says Keating.

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