Erie Square Gazette Copy Editor Emily Mainguy recently opened her gallery entitled “A Splash of Color” in the SC4 Spiral Gallery at Studio 1219.
Mainguy, a second year student at SC4 was approached about the possibility of opening a gallery featuring her work in photography, drawing and chainmaille at the end of the winter semester.
From an early age Mainguy took an interest in art, being a Girl Scout, Mainguy participated in arts and crafts nearly every meeting, building a foundation for her artistic future.
“I grew up doing crafts, and I was always trying to find my medium, so I was trying a little bit of everything” said Mainguy.
Mainguy uses selective color in her photographs to highlight exactly what she deems most important in a photo. The gallery is entitled “A Splash of Color” partly because of the selective color method she uses in which she brings out a single color in an otherwise all black and white photo.
“I named [the gallery] because a lot of the photos I do are selective color or black and white so I was like, A Splash of Color, and the room is all white, so I wanted to add a splash of color.” Mainguy explained.
Another medium Mainguy showcases in her gallery is the art of Chainmaille. Chainmaille is made with a series of metal rings that, when linked form a mesh and ultimately a design, piece of jewelry or apparel.
Mainguy first started making chainmaille just before she was approached about having her own gallery opening.
“I learned because there was a chainmaille artist at [Studio 1219] and I said that’s cool I’ll take a class, so I did and got hooked on it,” said Mainguy.
“A Splash of Color” is open now through September 28 in the Spiral Gallery at Studio 1219.
For more information about Studio 1219 visit Studio1219.com.