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Bumgardner named Bay School’s Artist of Month

Judy Bumgardner was named the August Artist of the Month at the Bay School Community Arts Center in Mathews. Her exhibit includes seven paintings. It may be seen online and in person at the gallery through Aug. 31.

A watercolor painter, Bumgardner began her career creating polychrome sculptures from found materials. During a sabbatical from teaching, she lived in Mexico, where she began painting in watercolors and exploring transparency and the paradox of imagery of the face. During this period, the image and symbolism of the metamorphosis of the butterfly came into play, while the foods and painted tiles of Mexico and Spain were inspirational, as well.

The juxtaposition and interplay of color and form are an integral part of Bumgardner’s still life painting, informed by the historical symbolic importance of food. Her artwork, said the release, “celebrates the pleasures of the table with the communion of joy of the human spirit.”

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