Updated: Oct 28
"She woke today saying 'I WILL FLY' No questions asked No how? No why? Her soul was amped and took a thrust. Wings popped out because of trust. FLY GIRL was born on hope conceived Because she woke and just believed "
-Karen Ann Polka (artist, writer, and Fly Girl
I want to introduce you to my new friend, Karen Polka. She really is as sassy and adorable as this photo suggests. She is an original piece of art herself and has created a line of paintings called Fly Girl, inspired by the twenties woman who had newfound wings brought on by joining the workforce, gaining the right to vote, and a sexual revolution that established that women were actually the makers of their own destinies.
I was sitting at Wine Down 109 in Englewood, enjoying a martini, when I happened upon Karen's artwork. It was perfect for what we wanted to do on the gallery walls at the Englewood Row Art Gallery. She had a few smaller paintings on display and I instantly felt that this was an artist that I would find a kindred spirit in. And when she called me a Fly Girl the first time, I knew that I had Become!
Karen's art is still on display at both the art gallery and Wine Down 109 through December. For information on how to purchase one of her Fly Girl paintings, message her directly on Facebook.