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June Featured Artist: Burch Ward

June 1st - June 30th

From the age of nine, Burch grew up on the Cen­tral Coast sur­round­ed by par­ents and sib­lings that shared their love of life through artis­tic expres­sion. She was also blessed with a fam­i­ly his­to­ry of arti­sans dat­ing back many gen­er­a­tions. From sculp­tors and sil­ver­smiths to cos­tume design­ers and chore­o­g­ra­phers, she would join this lega­cy as a visu­al artist. Burch would show no bound­aries for medi­um or modal­i­ty, but rather reveal a life­time com­mit­ment to cre­ate’ that would span more than four decades.

Always chal­leng­ing her­self, Burch has been devot­ed to study­ing many forms and artists and has ren­dered pieces that range from abstract to impres­sion­is­tic. Her exten­sive port­fo­lio has impressed and delight­ed art lovers and gallery own­ers alike. Burch was hon­ored in 2005 to be invit­ed to the Turk­ish Con­tem­po­rary Art Expo in Istan­bul. In addi­tion, she has caught the eye of com­mer­cial design firms like The Art­line Group in New York City and a local inte­ri­or dec­o­ra­tor that paired her with world renowned glass sculp­tor Dale Chi­hu­ly. This col­lab­o­ra­tion pro­vid­ed the Lido restau­rant at the Dol­phin Bay Inn with one of a kind’ pieces that graced the space for over fif­teen years.

Even though Burch’s per­son­al art his­to­ry has been var­ied, she finds the great­est joy in a style and tech­nique she her­self devel­oped called throw­ing’ that organ­i­cal­ly grew out of her love of and respect for the works of Jack­son Pol­lock. Although her tech­nique might imply a cer­tain ran­dom qual­i­ty, its pre­ci­sion is both sub­tle and pow­er­ful. Burch orches­trates a dance-like move­ment as she throws’ her visions onto her hor­i­zon­tal can­vas­es. This focused inten­si­ty cre­ates pieces that are pro­found­ly unique. 

Free Art Showing

Gallery open dai­ly 10:00am‑5:30pm