The Featured Artist Exhibit, for January 2018, will display the artwork of local artist, Frank Barrera. The show will run from January 6th through January 24th. The Arts Center Gallery is open from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, Wednesday through Saturday.
Houses of spirit and shadow - Frank Barrera
The inspiration for my art comes from my childhood and the fairytale books I write in my other life as a children's author. The shadow boxes reflect scenes and memories from my childhood. The fairy temples are taken directly from my stories and from the Spirt House traditions of Southeast Asia.
"A spirit house or 'house of the spirit of the land', is a shrine to the protective spirit of a place that is found in the Southeast Asian countries of Burma, Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand. Most homes and business have a spirit house placed in an auspicious spot. The house is intended to provide a shelter for spirits that could cause problems for the people if not appeased.".
I have chosen this style of model-making to interpret the fairy temples and houses build by the little people in my children's book, "Tales of the Blue Wizard". Each of the three tribes of fairies has their own unique style of building. I on the other hand, use whatever I can find in my garage and in junk yards. All of this is an attempt to appease the little people into staying and living among us, blessing us with their magic and granting our wishes.