Ernst’s new exhibit, ‘Land, Sea and Sky,’ on display at EAM


Salina Bowe

Ernst’s new exhibit draws inspiration from the natural world.

This month, the Erie Art Museum will be presenting a new exhibit by Karen Ernst entitled “Land, Sea, and Sky: Details from Nature.”
Ernst’s pieces draw on inspirations from geological, marine and botanical forms. She uses both traditional and contemporary woodworking and finishing techniques in many of her exhibit’s pieces.
The local Edinboro artist prefers to use locally-sourced hardwoods to keep pace with her respect for nature.
She then uses the natural materials in the wood in tandem with other art materials, like paints textures, to create the right look for her unique pieces.
During her process of creating the work, Ernst connects the elements and then shapes and sculpts them until they become a piece that is satisfying and intriguing.
Throughout her career, Ernst’s work has been exhibited at The Hoyt Center for the Arts, Seton Hill University, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, and Fifth Floor Gallery in Los Angeles, CA.
The exhibit, sponsored by Dovetail Gallery, will be on view from Aug. 28 to Jan. 8. The celebratory opening will be held Sept. 25 from 7-10 p.m.
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