Artist Profile

Lori Barker

Medium: Mixed

Description:  Photography on metal and fabric

Lori Barker’s mixed media works blend nature and spirituality into an exploration of the rhythms of life. Angels, in particular, inspire her and are Lori’s trusted muse. The work is about the poetry that lives beneath the surface of things where layers of paper, paint, wood, fabric, metal and images come alive creating an altered world. ‘This work is a reflection of me. When I am creating, I often feel frustrated until the materials begin to speak to me. At that time, I feel like I’m flying and lose track of time. I work with a collection of materials creating a unique conversation within each composition. Creativity allows me to crystallize my experience and tone the muscles of imagination.’ Lori is a former teacher and graduate of Southern Conn. St. University; with further studies at Savannah College of Art and Design, Bennington College and Omega Institute. Solo exhibits in Connecticut include: Miranda Winery, Jerrum Winery, The UCONN Library, Norfolk Artisan's Gallery, Atelier Gallery in New Milford, Church House Concerts, Haddam, the Gathering Place, Hartford, Underground Gallery Collinsville, Unitarian Society of Hartford and New Milford, Torrington, and Waterbury Hospitals, St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury and numerous libraries including the New Milford Library, Oliver Wolcott Library in Litchfield and the Hunt Library in Falls Village. Lori’s one-woman shows in other states include the Santarella Museum in Tyringham, MA, and the Smith Gallery in Manchester, VT. She was an Artist in residence at Santarella Museum in Tyringham, MA. Lori was featured in magazines including the Crafts Report , Artitude, Artella and on the covers of Reiki One and The Door Opener. She exhibits her work in galleries and art fairs throughout the year. Lori won Best in Show and other prizes at numerous galleries and art events throughout New England including the Essex Art Association, the Norwich Arts, Milford Fine Arts show, Hillsdale festival, New Milford Fine Arts show, Hartford Riverfest, Trumbull Arts and Danbury Arts Fest In June 2009, she was awarded the Museum of Contemporary Impressionism's award for excellence.

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