The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) Auxiliary is featuring the artwork of Lori Barker now through early December 2018 in the hospital’s main lobby hallway, 540 Litchfield Street, Torrington. The public is invited to view and buy the works during regular visiting hours as part of the Auxiliary’s ongoing “Artist of the Month” program. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the artwork support the CHH Auxiliary and Charlotte Hungerford Hospital.
Lori’s mixed media work blends nature and spirituality into an exploration of the rhythms of life. Angels, in particular, inspire her and are Lori’s trusted muse. The work is about the poetry that lives beneath the surface of things where layers of paper, paint, wood, fabric, metal and images come alive, creating an altered world.
“This work is a reflection of me. I work with a collection of materials creating a unique conversation within each composition. Creativity allows me to crystallize my experience and tone the muscles of imagination. I’m truly doing the work I was meant to do, and can’t imagine doing anything else,” says the artist.
Lori has devoted 45 years developing, learning and teaching techniques. She is a former teach and graduate of Southern Connecticut State University, with further studies at Savannah College of Art and Design, Bennington College and Omega Institute.
In addition to many solo exhibits throughout Connecticut, Lori’s one-woman shows include the Smith Gallery in Manchester, VT and the Santarella Museum in Tyringham, MA, where she was an Artist in Residence. She won Best in Show and other prizes at numerous galleries and art events throughout New England.
Lori lives with her husband, Ernie Barker, in Goshen, CT where they have established a charming gallery and sculptural grounds. The Touch House (a straw bale construction building), Labyrinth and Purple Door gallery are open to the public by appointment or by chance.
The Auxiliary’s “Artist of the Month” program has been featuring paintings, photographs, and artwork each month from local artists for over 25 years. Their over 200 member supporters assist in raising money for the hospital through dues, donations, volunteering at the gift shop, and a variety of events including an annual fashion show.