Artist brings new ideas to local group

Kathy Triplett will have work on display when gallery can reopen

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Artist/crafter Kathy Triplett is one of Littleton Fine Arts Guild’s newer members and she brings different ideas into the always-interesting mix of art offered by Guild members.

During better days, one will find her work displayed at the Depot Art Gallery (depotartgallery.org) in downtown Littleton and possibly at Littleton’s Town Hall Arts Center, where the Guild has taken on responsibility for art exhibits.

Triplett’s work will be in the Depot for gallery-goers when the facility is able to open under COVID guidelines. (We hope to soon report open hours again.)

She wrote: “Since I was a little girl, I’ve enjoyed crafting. When visiting my grandmother, I recall being given a box full of yarn, beads and other items and being told to `create something.’ This nurtured my love of all things handmade.”

She discovered the extensive variety of shell, stone and wooden beads that are available and began making necklaces ...

She says she is now drawn to “anything with a domed shape, including fused glass, natural stone and old buttons ...” and then there are mosaic tiles!

A period of family and work engaged her for a number of years, but retirement has allowed more time to create — and an old violin with a backstory, acquired from a friend, started a new series after she retired from work with the U.S. District Court.

She has been beading for 20 years and started mosaic work six years ago, she said. “Live Music” is the title given to the highly decorated violins, which will hopefully return soon to the Depot Art Gallery.

One can envision one or more of these displayed on a shelf or perhaps on a table in front of a sun-lit window.

Triplett’s other work includes cabochon necklaces, as well as “fancy, intricate woven beaded jewelry for special occasions and wedding wear ...”

She has researched and created a process for “cutting vintage china plates and setting them on tables and cabinets. The first summer of my retirement was spent in my garage perfecting my craft.”

“I am self-taught and have been beading for 20 years now. My mosaic work has been perfected over the last six years. I don’t have an art degree but what I do have is a love and passion to create and try new things,” Triplett wrote.

Note: Readers who see an item on the guild’s website at depotartgallery.org that they wish to own can contact treasurer Carl Paulson: treasurer@depotartgallery.org.

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