Discover Local Artists: Karen Ann Shlomberg Windchild

The Craft Gallery’s FACES, FACES all over the PLACES showcases 12 emerging ceramic artists including Cheryl Tall, Katherine Mathisen, Debra Fritts, Nancy Kubale and Katie Deits. The exhibit runs from December 5 through 12.

Karen Ann Shlomberg Windchild

For a taste, here are some pieces of local artist Karen Ann Shlomberg Windchild of Delray Beach. She has been using clay and mixed media since she can remember.

She received her BFA from University of Michigan, her MFA in ceramics from Penn State University. Additional studies include Alfred NY State College of Ceramics,Hartford Art School, Sacramento State University, and Florida Atlantic University where she also taught as an adjunct professor for 6 years.

“You Think You Are A Wave But You Are Part of the Ocean,” a Retablo 31 by 26 inches, priced at $3,600

Windchild has additionally taught clay since age 19 at Penn State, SUNY Fredonia, CCRI Warwick,and numerous art and community centers. She has been the resident head of the ceramics department at the Jewish Community Center in Boca Raton for more than 15 years.

Windchild has been a self-supporting  street art show artist exhibiting at venues in Sausalito CA, Park City UT, Cherry Creek CO, Milwaukee WI, and Winter Park and Coconut Grove FL.

She has exhibited at many galleries and museums around the country, won numerous awards and her work has been reproduced in books and periodicals.

Her work derives mainly from her imagination and spiritual seeking. She has practiced and studied metaphysics, native  spirituality of world cultures, yoga and Buddhism.

Her newest body of work, from a seven-month stay in Texas, was built using debris from the remains of hurricane Ike. Cedar fence posts, blown down by the storm and weathered to a silvery sheen, were made into traditional “retablos”, a South American traditional altar form dating back to the earliest days of European conquest.

Retablo: “Her Robe is the Night Sky Filled with Stars,” is mixed media, 18 by 28 inches, priced at $3,900.

These were originally designed for travel, to spread European religion, but were later adapted by the locals to incorporate native spiritual beliefs and daily customs.

“I began this new series of retablos ( scenes inside boxes) in Texas, where I had no clay studio. I used whatever I could find to make art, and was influenced by the strong Hispanic tradition there. It was a time of deep introspection. These pieces are very personal spiritual statements, that have waited along time to come out. They are stories from the super-conscious.”

The “Waves” retablo refers to a quote from “Tuesdays with Morrie,” Windchild said. “The interchange was about death, but it is not about a wave hitting the shore, rather, as Morrie pointed out, we are part of one spirit.”

The “Night Sky” retablo refers to the goddess, Astarte, as well as to the Virgin Of Guadalupe, with her blue cloak embellished with stars. The two seem related to Windchild. “You can see the night on one side and day on the other side. Astarte is pulling night with her,” WIndchild said.

The “Sitting with the Unknown” retablo is about dealing with emotions, including fear, by being present, rather than pushing them away, she explains.

Windchild, who was renamed by a Seneca medicine woman, uses this form to tell mythical stories that line up in her head waiting to be let out. “The juxtaposition of varied traditions, both artistic and spiritual, is welcome evidence of our universal connection,” she said.

“Shapeshifter Flies at Night” is part of the Shamanic Series, 16 by 14 inches, priced at $1,600.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The exhibit runs from December 5 through 12 with two receptions: Saturday, Dec. 5 from 5-8 p.m. and Thursday, Dec.10 from 6-9 p.m. Craft The gallery is at 5911 South Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach. For more information, call (561)-585-7744,
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“Sitting with the Unknown,” a Retablo, 28 by 24 inches, priced at $3,000.


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