432 N. Ventura Ave., #30
Veronica Walmsley Lambert
Exhibit Title: Troubles II
Veronica Walmsley Lambert is captivated by the human face and by the symbolism found within human culture, which she currently expresses through painting media, assemblage and collage. Regardless of the media she uses, her work captures celebrations of life experience while telling an alluring visual story through which the viewer can connect.
For her solo show, on display during ArtWalk Ventura, Lambert will be exhibiting mostly assemblage pieces under the title "Troubles II" continuing a successful previous exhibition of her works featuring Guatemalan "trouble dolls." Explains Lambert, "It is our pain, our woes, our troubles, that provide us the vehicle through which emotional balance is maintained."
"The Guatemalan culture addresses trouble-solving directly with an old tradition. In Guatemala, one gifts trouble dolls to a loved one who is troubled. The loved one is asked to tell their troubles to the dolls before sleeping and to place the dolls under their pillow. Magically, the dolls will whisk away their troubles before they wake."
Her series of assemblages captures the trouble dolls in the act of managing troubles while one sleeps. It is important to note that while these pieces are fun and whimsical at first glance, a second glance reveals that they are satirical with underpinnings of social, cultural and political events.
Lambert has the unusual distinction of winning the First Place award in back-to-back exhibitions of Buenaventura Art Association's Annual Open Competition. Juror Carol Shaw-Sutton chose Lambert's piece "While the World Burns" for the top award in the 32nd annual competition in 2018, and juror William Wray chose "Catching a Buzz" for first place in 2019.
Have you ever wondered what an artist was thinking, feeling or experiencing when they created a painting? Is there a literary reference? A memory? A message? Member artists of the Buenaventura Art Association will exhibit their artworks along with a written paragraph describing the "story" behind the painting. Does the written word enhance your experience of the painting? Did you guess the message or feeling that the artist wished to convey just by looking at the painting? "Stories II" (a repeat of the popular first exhibit of the same name) demonstrates how we can communicate with and without the written word.