The Gathering Room Gallery
Making art is how I make sense of the world. My work has been cathartic in times of loss and celebratory in times of joy.
My current work focuses on our fragile planet, the damage we are inflicting on it and our fellow creatures that we are mistreating and neglecting. I belong to the Unitarian Universalist Church, and our seventh Principle commits to being “in harmony with all creation.”
I believe that deeply. We have a responsibility to “hurt not the Earth” nor our fellow creatures.
This work has evolved from cautioning about creatures and elements we are losing (pollinators, whales, glaciers), to positive possibilities of turning the balance around (reintroducing wolves or otters), and finally my current series involving a cautionary Gaia demonstrating how our actions are destroying the earth. My hope is that this helps raise further awareness and encourages action on the part of the viewers.
Laurel Winters received her B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.
Although her degrees focus on painting, drawing and printmaking, Winters enjoys a wide range of media,
which has been helpful in her career as a teaching artist both in private schools and universities,
as well as workshops at art centers, museums and social service organizations.
Laurel thinks Akron is a hidden gem of culture and hiking trails
and a wonderful place to raise a family – she and her husband, Bill Jordan,
raised two boys and an evolving menagerie of fur babies in Highland Square.