Robert LaDuke and Karen Shapiro are two artists that are fond of things past. LaDuke paints old-fashioned cars and antique airplanes that take you back to a simpler time. Shapiro recreates pop icons from 30s to 50s, like retro-style Clinique lipstick and Heinz ketchup bottles. LaDuke and Shapiro want to remind people of their roots. Whether that’s a small town with simpler ways to travel, or growing up while playing with mom’s Revlon Mascara and helping dad finish off his Coke. While both artists are making sure that you’re still thinking about the good ol’ days, they have very different techniques.
LaDuke paints using vibrant acrylics that really draw you into the scene. His subjects – typically a retro form of transportation – are in front of other, small-town icons, like a local diner or an old-fashioned house. Shapiro, on the other hand, uses raku ceramic, a traditional form of ceramics that involves reducing the amount of oxygen in the firing process to give things a unique look.
LaDuke and Shapiro’s artist reception will take place on April 7, during the “Spring into the Arts” ArtWalk, from 6-9pm. Both shows will be up from then until April 25th. Make sure you stop in between now and then to see this colorful, filled-with-personality show.