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Art for Two: Tangled Up In Hue hosts husband-wife art show

Jessica Mahlum

MAKING A SPLASH IN THE ART SCENE. Artwork by Wendy Beringer (above) and her husband, Jeff Bucklew (below), is on display as part of a joint show throughout the month of May at Tangled Up in Hue, 505 S. Barstow St.
MAKING A SPLASH IN THE ART SCENE. Artwork by Wendy Beringer (above) and her husband, Jeff Bucklew (below), is on display as part of a joint show throughout the month of May at Tangled Up in Hue, 505 S. Barstow St.

Throughout all of May, Tangled Up in Hue will feature a small variety of Wendy Beringer and Jeff Bucklew’s diverse artistic works.The gallery opening spotlighted the husband-and-wife duo on May 3 with a meet-and-greet, snacks, and live music.Both artists’ work are on display on the main gallery wall at the entrance of the store. Beringer is a painter who focuses on pen, ink, collage, and watercolor, while Bucklew works with photography, prints, mats, and framework.

Beringer has been painting since she was 15 years old. She was first inspired by watching her mother and grandmother sketch and paint throughout her childhood. Like her mother, Beringer has also drawn inspiration from her travels. Barely a day goes by that she doesn’t paint or experiment with new techniques. “I view art as something all ages can express and that everyone has something creative to share,” she said. Much of her art features the whimsy of colorful, exaggerated, mixed-media portraits.

Bucklew became interested in photography more than 30 years ago after picking up a camera while serving in the military. He’s mainly self-taught, and has practiced new techniques throughout the years using his personal darkroom.

“When making photographs, hours can seem like minutes to me,” he said. “I get a little bored with the technical side.  Finding the creative zone while shooting and capturing a feeling or mood in a photograph that draws me in, holding my attention is where my passion lies. This is what keeps me interested, my passion, this is what I believe helps make a good photograph.” Provocative shots of nature, wildlife, stunning landscapes, and street life mixed with graphic work make up a majority of his portfolio.

The duo find inspiration from famous artists including Frida Kahlo, Ansel Adams, and Henri Cartier-Besson. Beringer shared her favorite quote by Kahlo: “I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to.”

No worries if you can’t make it over to Tangled up in Hue for Beringer and Bucklew’s feature. Hop on over to their website to enjoy more art and to purchase pieces: www.bucklewphotography.com.

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