Wendy Orr – October – The Purple Pomegranate

The Purple Pomegranate, a fine craft specialty store, is featuring work by Wendy Orr during the month of October. Wendy has been offering graphics and photography services to clients nationwide for more than 25 years. Her art career has taken many twists and turns from the time she began providing graphics services in San Bernardino, CA, her home town, more than 20 years ago. While keeping up with ever-changing technologies and the location transfers required for her husband’s profession, Orr raised five children, all the while feeding her entrepreneurial spirit at her company Porr Boy Graphics, which began in 1990. There soon followed a position as a graphics instructor at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA in the late 1990s. In 2005, just after moving to the Flathead Valley, she began an additional business, Fairytale Photography, which continues to flourish with offers of fanciful images and photo settings for children.

In both her design and photography businesses, Wendy works with the human face, altering and improving upon it. Now a graphic design and photography instructor at Flathead Valley Community College, Orr became interested in ceramics when she encountered the face jugs made by David Smith, a Ceramics Instructor at the college. With David as her mentor, Wendy discovered that working with clay provided relief from her daily job of perfecting photo images for the advertising industry. Ceramics is hands on and has allowed her to explore the asymmetry that makes faces quirky and interesting. Each of her unique pieces of art is ready to amuse and delight those who appreciate the lighthearted approach she takes in her new medium. She welcomes you to enjoy her new art adventure, Mud in Montana.

Meet Wendy during Whitefish Gallery Night, Thursday, October 7th, 2010 from 6-9 PM. Their work will be displayed during the opening and throughout the month of October.