Local native twins Holly and Heather Blanton have a collaborative gallery opening at HobNob on July 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be art, cheese, wine and social things such as verbal conversation (hopefully the wine will help you out with that part). Best of all, it is open to all ages and it’s free — although you are encouraged to grab a table at the restaurant (make a reservation here).
I met up with the girls to learn about them a bit more … and I also wanted to see if I could tell them apart.
“What do you do that’s different? Ya know? There’s not a lot of twins out there who are making artwork collaboratively,” Holly said.
Heather started her creative career with some trippy manipulations with a now extinct Polaroid film. I had flashbacks when I looked up her work … just kidding … kind of. Her sister, Holly, who had been doing high-end interior finishes, encouraged her to continue to create art after Polaroid stopped manufacturing the film. So, she started creating these simple, soothing images with an athletic theme.
Holly, who told me she never thought of being an artist as a career, was encouraged by her sister Heather to create, and create she did. Less linear than her sister, and therefore, more abstract, her paintings caught her sister’s eye.
“One time I was at her house, and I do the sports work,” Heather said. “And there was this three piece there, and I was like, ‘you know that’s just screaming for a triathlon across it. Can I take that?’ So, I took that, and we did really well, so we started incorporating a few more of the collabs into our bodies of work.”
They started working together with Holly creating background textures to subtlety compliment Heather’s impressionistic style.
I got a sneak peak at the show, and it’s dope. I’m not an artist, an art critic, nor have I ever taken an art history class, so my opinion should be taken with a grain of Himalayan Sea Salt. My point is, don’t take my word for it — go see it yourself.
Here’s a map——->MAP