Bio- Theresa Mueller is the self-taught artist behind Wunderkammer, specializing in urban and abstract photography. Combining her love of art and natural elements, she creates thought-provoking images that strike a balance between abandonment and the human condition.
Born and raised around the world, she is educated in the Fine Arts and History. Her photographic work has been exhibited in galleries around Europe and the United States.
Artist Statement- For me, photography has always been an exploration in creating a work of art. With each piece, I hope to captivate you, evoke an emotion, and form a relationship. Through my work, I wish to inspire dialogue about the beauty, wonder, and composition of the world we share together.
My interest in dereliction and decay is often reflected in my current photographic practice, each object representative of a person, a time, or moment, discarded for unknown reasons. I am fascinated by the tragic beauty of abandoned places and the individual attachment to objects found amidst the backdrop of rot and decay. While exploring, I attempt to learn something about the people who once occupied these hallowed places - within are incredible stories to be told. When viewing these photos, visually explore, consider, and take something with you.
My latest project, Abandoned Chairs, was birthed in a crumbling Belgium château, and has since been the target of my recent photo expeditions. The project now spans seven countries on two continents.
I prefer to work with natural lighting, lens hacks, and camera settings, in lieu of heavy post editing. While I love my digital camera, I am falling back in love with old, faithful film cameras and film development.
When we look at art, it changes our mood. More specifically, faces can change our moods. The face of someone strong and powerful can transfer some of that emotion to you and make you feel a little stronger and more powerful. Beautiful faces can make you feel good, more relaxed and optimistic. They transfer some of their emotion and qualities to the viewer. When we look at the faces of those we know and love, the emotion is typically even stronger.
I have been intrigued with capturing beauty and emotion on canvas. For me, beauty comes in many forms, whether it is found in the traditional symmetry of an Adonis or the striking features of an aged Indian street vendor. Light and shadows can help accentuate the beauty and features of a person as well as add drama or create an atmosphere. I love the contrasts, highlights, and mood that light creates.
My hope is that my art reflects my love of beauty and light found in the human form and that I can evoke some of those emotions in the viewer.
Her paintings are a wonder of blended colors and shapes, with hues that are exciting but with a feeling of peace.– Andrea S.
Lacy primary works with acrylics, with a favor toward the impressionism feel. Every landscape painting tends to have a mix of various colors, wildly placed but appealing to the eye. Lacy also enjoys working with various other mediums, oils, clay, paper mache, and assemblage. Some three-dimensional works have encapsulated the influential political climate and grabbing at the emotions. She’s a young artist, with a fresh eye and obsession with bright colors, and a vibrancy for life that shows through each piece.
Tamisha is currently working primarily in photography and watercolor but loves to create a variety of art with any media that peaks her interest. She's always looking for new ways to create and share her art and ideas with others. She sees life as an adventure and wants to share those adventures with others. Much of her art has to do with nature but she also enjoys creating more political art from time to time. But sometimes she just makes “art for arts sake” just to enjoy creating something new and beautiful.
Norman Burket took sculpturing and ceramics at Napa Community college in Napa, California. He had the two bronzes, Gotcha and Victor Hugo cast after moving to Independence, KS. They were cast by the Bronze Horse in Pawhuska, OK.
Norman Burket has also done multiple stained glass projects. They currently reside in the home in Independence, KS. .
There were 3 bronzes cast of this figure. The figure is approximately 7-1/2" tall including the base. Numbers 2 and 3 are available for purchase for $995.00 each.
Jean F Barnett
Jean works mostly in watercolor or acrylic.
She was trained by two artists in Santa Fe, New Mexico when she was just out of high school. She lived with them for 3 years and absorbed as much informaton and training as she could. They taught her photography, perspective, watercolor, airbrushing, pencil, animation and figure drawing.
Over the years she has taken courses at various colleges and private lessons on various aspects of art including glass painting, comic art, pastels plus continuing education of all previous art. disciplines.
Colored Pencil Blue Birds
Colored Pencil Downey Woodpeckers
Watercolor Yellow Lab
Acrylic Brown Lab
Water color German Shepard
Acrylic - Owl & Wagon
Donna is an independence native who has been artistic throughout life. At the tender age of 5 she could be found creating vast murals along the entire bedroom walls which were all of 3 feet tall.
Donna grew up in the independence school system and was highly encouraged by her art instructors who helped develop her natural talents. She is now a full time medical specialist working towards an advanced practice nursing degree.
She spends time painting with a focus on acrylic abstracts. Her style incoorperates vibrant colors in dreamlike settings. "For me painting is a way to turn reality into a colorful dreamworld". Donna continues to develop as an artist, "It's been several years since I was able to work creative, it's nice to have a place locally for artist to be expressive."
Donna has had several pieces showcased as a student through ICC, and won best in show for a pencil drawing at the verdigris valley exhibition in the early 2000's.
Fiona & Emily
Fiona and Gracie are a mother-daughter duo who create jewelry. They began with beading and wire working, but are expanding to include chain mail and more intricate designs. They work with semi-precious gem stones, like lapis lazuli and crystals using silver plated or sterling silver wire.
Andrea started painting in the late “60’s”, having no previous experience. She has had numerous excellent teachers.
She has always been more interested in color, shape, design and texture, than subject matter, working in acrylic, watercolor, alcohol ink and resin. Andrea’s paintings done on glass, ceramic tiles and Yupo paper are created with alcohol inks in vibrant, flowing colors.
She also paints small tiles that are protected with resin, and can be used as coasters. She wants you to experience “ART WITH COFFEE”.
Art with Coffee
“My paintings bring me joy which I hope you experience also. It connects me with the Master Artist who creates all our beauty.” “To God be the glory”.
Duane started making jewelry with sterling silver in the 1970's. Mostly self-taught he has participated in a number of workshops that included lapidary, precious metal clay, fusing glass, and most recently metal forming with hammers and stakes. Most of his current work is sheet metal formed with hammers over stakes made of metal wood or plastic.
Duane works with sterling silver, copper, and jeweler’s brass also known as Nu-Gold.
Sterling Silver Feather Pendant
Brass Fluted Cuff
Brass Fluted Cuff
Copper Fold Formed Cuff
Sterling Silver Fold Formed Cuff
Brass Hammered Cuff
Sterling Silver Long Triangle Ear Rings
Sterling Silver Medium Bracelet
Brass Medium Triangle Ear rings
Sterling Silver Long Triangle Ear Ring
Sterling Silver Medium Traingle Ear Rings
Sterling Silver Narrow Bracelet
Copper Narrow Triangle Ear Rings
Sterling Silver Narrow Triangle Ear Rings
Brass Oval Ear Rings
Sterling Silver Square Ear Rings
Brass Wide Triangle Ear Rings
Sterling Silver Xlong Triangle Ear Rings
Rachel Unruh has spent most of her life in Independence, graduating from IHS, then teaching there for 25 years in the art department. She loves all forms of art and has been especially interested in collages, mixed media, painting, calligraphy, ceramics, printmaking, and batiking. During the first ASTRA Festival she was chosen to be the apprentice for the mural painted at the intersection of Locust and Penn Avenue.
Rachel has made many banners with fabrics, some of which are displayed in the Independence Presbyterian Church. Creative greeting cards with calligraphic words in abstract presentations, Pet Portraits, and realistic watercolors have been her most recent focus.
Rachel loves to garden, and plans to use photos she has taken from her yard and others to incorporate into paintings. Healthier eating habits and becoming a Wellness Counselor spurred the creation of a children’s book which she wrote and illustrated: McGrew and the Big Zyme Meet. Her formal training was at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where she earned her MFA degree in design.
Rachael paints pets when requested. this one was for a client.
M Zoe Bulik Wahl Biography:
After spending 28 years in the insurance industry and raising my children, I finally had the opportunity to explore my creative side taking courses in Garden Art Welding, Drawing, Ceramics, Landscape Design, Watercolor and Pastels.
I found my passion with Stained Glass. I can get lost for hours in my studio creating. Glass led me into exploring fusing, upcycling and mosaics.
So there will be more to come in all areas of glass.
A Louise Woodard
Graduated from Emporia State University with a certificate in teaching art in secondary schools.
She taught in various schools in Kansas enjoying every minute.
Her passion is painting with watercolor, oil and pastels. She is active with the Art club at the Independence Historical Museum & Art Center. She always enters in the Verdigris Art Exhibit each year. winning multiple awards.
she loves to teach and will be holding classes at the Eclectix Art Gallery frequently.