A fascinating display of artwork created by six dedicated artists is on display now through July 30 at the Bonifas. The artwork is part of The 100 Day Project, and highlights the creative process that the artists went through while they were completing their artwork. The 100 Day Project encourages people to take some time to work on a creative project every day for 100 consecutive days. The idea is that through practice, we develop a creative habit, and through habit, we reconnect with and know ourselves again as a creative being.
This exhibit features the work of the following six area artists who have shared the results of their 100 Day Project experiences: Maureen Lapinski, Kathy McKernan, Phyllis Fleury, Mary Penét, Diane Kribs-Mays and Kate Oman.
The 100-Day Project is a kind of creativity excavation. It is about unearthing dormant or unrealized creativity by committing to a daily practice every day for 100 days.
One of the participating artists whose work is on display, Kate Oman, said that all of the artists had a different goal in mind with their artwork.
Oman created a total of 636 intricate paper cranes over the 100-day period, and said there were some unexpected benefits that happened during the experience. Though her initial goal was to make one thousand cranes, she said many unexpected twists and turns occurred in her life throughout the process.
“John Lennon famously said, ‘Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans,’ and that was the case for me throughout the one hundred days,” Oman noted. “I didn’t quite reach my goal of one thousand paper cranes, because I had to take time out to spend time with the people most important to me. Throughout the process, I learned a lot more about myself.”
Another of the six artists, Diane Kribs-Mays, had a theme of Mirrored Light for her projects. Following in this theme, she decided to study how light from mirrors would affect three different backgrounds: glass, fiber and man-made fiber. Each of her projects used mirrors and her flame-worked glass elements to capture light and enhance those backgrounds. Each finished project, when exposed to light—especially sunlight—with the addition of movement, made each one sparkle, she discovered.
For instance, one of her projects, a ceiling hanging made with crocheted 20-lbs. test fishing line, is entitled “Crystal Elegance.” “The big surprise to me was the fishing line, how much it was enhanced and glowed,” Kribs-Mays said of her creation.
Another of the six artists, Mary Penét, concluded, “and so my journey of 100 days of art making has sped by – some painting, some mixed media. It was a journey filled with delight, frustration, enlightenment, confusion, and enjoyment. I’m looking forward to the 100 Days of 2019!”
View the breakthroughs that come with practice and commitment and learn more about the practice by checking out The100DayProject.com, or for more information, call the Bonifas at 906-786-3833.