30 Dec Win Lisa Shimko’s Original Artwork!
Lisa Shimko’s Original Artwork for the Charleston Marathon is going to be raffled off! Don’t miss this chance to win a one-of-a-kind piece titled “Magnolia Run” created specifically for the 7th Annual Charleston Marathon. The print will be signed by the artist. Value is $500. The piece will be displayed at the Health and Fitness Expo on January 13, 2017 at the Charleston Convention Center. Tickets are available to purchase online through Eventbrite or at the Expo. All proceeds benefit Engaging Creative Minds.
About Lisa Shimko
Lisa M. Shimko enjoyed her childhood in York County, PA, where she spent most of her time collecting rocks and exploring the terrain of forests and farms. Colors, forms, and textures from nature and the simple designs of Pennsylvania German folk art infused the foundation of her artistic aesthetic. In 1990, she earned a BFA in Painting with a minor in Art Therapy from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. The urban landscapes of the Northeast supplied a different kind of nature for her to explore; from architecture, social issues to history and all the music in between.
Hilton Head Island, SC became Lisa’s home in 2000 where the terrain of the coastal south added a new chapter to her aesthetic book. Childhood memories intertwined with the urban to Low Country experiences initiated her call to explore environmental issues. The unhealthy encroachment of people on the estuaries of her current South Carolina home struck an activistic chord in Lisa’s art.
She finds researching topics ranging from endangered animal species, the plastic garbage island in the North Pacific Gyre, fossil fuel extraction to agri-business imperative to informing her as a responsible part of the planet and artist.. Her paintings reflect the influence of the new research and old memories. The idea of activism inspires Lisa to “see unlimited possibilities in art. It can be a catalyst for more than aesthetic pleasure and a great tool for education on so many levels,” (The Post and Courier, Feb. 25, 2010).
Lisa’s paintings in the past few years have also been imbued with an allegorical curiosity. Animals are the common subject, and the painter uses them symbolically to create a visual language of storytelling. She has a personal mantra that “absurdity shocks you into freedom”, and takes pleasure in letting the irrational nature of daydreaming be the guide.
She has called Charleston home since 2006, enjoying a downtown studio and representation at Mitchell Hill Gallery.