"Burn Bambi Burn," is part of a good-versus-evil storyline.
Sally French loves to tell a good tale through her art; her latest show does so in paintings and drawings
STORYTELLING through art has been a lifelong hobby for Sally French.
"I did drawings at age five that were storylines of characters I created -- the moon people," she says in discussing her penchant for drawing and the works in her latest show, "Fuzz and Fury," opening today at The Balcony Gallery in Kailua.
This time, the characters in an ongoing saga are the earnest Workabees and the evil Stupor Heroes, who struggle against each other over the Blue Egg of the Future. Workabees are protectors of the egg, while the Stupor Heroes "are out for their own means."
"The Workabees represent all of us little guys," French says. "They're so highly culturated, so defined, they work together so well, that they win. And that's my point."
French, long a well-respected artist on the local scene, is a leader in the art community on Kauai, where she's served on the board of the Kauai Society of Artists for more than 15 years and is currently president of the group. French also teaches workshops ("everything from fabric painting to children's classes"), gives lectures and does critiques all over the country. Her Kauai studio serves as a space where visiting artists can do their work.
"The Revenge of the Workabee."
Other pieces in "Fuzz and Fury" include portraits that reference French's favorite vintage toys as source material.
"The imagery is from Japanese anime and 1930s space pulp illustrations," she says. "I was an illustration major, so I like to go back and use those skills. It's what I enjoy doing, as much or more than painting."
"Fuzz and Fury" continues through March 5 at The Balcony Gallery, located at 442-A Uluniu St. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays. Call 263-4434.
"The Tragedy of Jeremy and Theresa."