Sparkly Kari Tarr

Menomonie artist scores Martha Stewart show visit

Bailey Berg, photos by Leah Dunbar

ALL THAT GLITTERS ... MIGHT GET YOU ON TV. Stout art professor Kari Tarr’s glitter-tastic painting (above) caught the eye of Martha Stewart’s “ReMarthable” craft contest, earning her an appearance on Stewart’s TV show.
 
ALL THAT GLITTERS ... MIGHT GET YOU ON TV. Stout art professor Kari Tarr’s glitter-tastic painting (above) caught the eye of Martha Stewart’s “ReMarthable” craft contest, earning her an appearance on Stewart’s TV show.
The artist Kari Tarr
 
The artist Kari Tarr

UW- Stout painting and drawing professor Kari Tarr watches Martha Stewart’s show religiously. But never did she think she’d be the one teaching the domestic diva herself how to craft.

Tarr’s glitter paintings were selected from more than 3,500 applicants as finalists in Stewart’s “ReMarthable” craft contest.

“The contest was revolved around the idea of being ‘ReMarthable,’ ” Tarr explained. “Basically, the way she put it, it’s Martha Stewart with a twist.” Tarr learned about the contest while watching her show in late January, and contemplated about entering a piece.

“I only use Martha’s glitter in my pieces, because of the high quality,” Tarr explained. “I thought, ‘Well, I’m making art out of her craft materials, maybe that’s ReMarthable,’ so I just entered my painting into the contest to see what would happen.”

I’ve always loved glitter, and it was just so gorgeous and sparkly. I always knew I wanted to do something with the glitter, I just didn’t know what that was.” – Artist Kari Tarr, who used said glitter for a piece on The Martha Stewart Show

Tarr says she draws inspiration for her work from 60s minimalist paintings, namely the work of Joseph Albers and Albert Kelly. Her first piece – a 25 square piece, each square a different color scheme – was based off of Joseph Albers Homage to the Square. It was the same piece that Stewart displayed on her show, along with Tarr’s striped painting, which was Tarr’s actual contest entry.

Tarr, who has always enjoyed crafting, picked up Stewart’s glitter at a craft supply store several years ago, but until just over a year ago it sat unused.

“I bought it because I’ve always loved glitter, and it was just so gorgeous and sparkly,” Tarr said. “I always knew I wanted to do something with the glitter, I just didn’t know what that was.”