We keep our guests updated about events and happenings via our email list which you can easily be a part of! Simply subscribe to the K email list! We send out event emails every other week to inform interested guests on upcoming events, specials, limited menu items, etc.
Wine Flight Friday is hosted on the third Friday of the Month. Each month is themed by a region/state/country/continent. December 15 theme Italian - you can expect a White, and three Reds. Ticket for the flight is $25 per person.
Reservations not required.
K Restaurant is co-hosting an art show featuring the illustrative silk works of Leslie Koren MacMillan. You are invited to attend the opening night of “Silk Scenes” on December 6 at 6PM. Opening reception will have refreshments and the art for this event will be on display through the end of January. All the artwork can be purchased. Come out and support your local artist!
Reservations Not Required
Drawing has always been my joy and I have dabbled in illustration and a wide array of mediums. When I was a teenager in I was introduced to silk painting by a family friend and began experimenting with it. Life took me down a different career path, away from art, and for many years I just did whatever art projects suited in me, in a wide variety of mediums familiar to me. Several years ago I was able to focus more on art and decided that it was time to go pro! I had honed my skills and passion for silk painting and realized that I had something unique to offer. My style is always evolving, I am forever learning new things about my medium, and I am finding inspiration in new places all the time. I like the idea of stepping outside of the bounds of what is traditional silk art and entwining it with illustration. The end results are often a curiosity and something that you don't see everyday.
My work almost always begins with a very small, very dirty little sketch, whose sole purpose is to get the idea I've just had, out of my head. It may even include some written notes and directions I can reference later. I often work on 3-4 pieces at the same time, so I tend to be otherwise occupied when I have a new idea and need to come back to it later. As a result, by the time I get around to my new sketches I generally have a few ideas to work from and a new batch of paintings to get to. Bundling the work together makes sense because the process involved in making the paintings contains a few steps and it's easier to go through each phase, which includes different tools and mediums, doing a few pieces rather than going through all the steps once and then starting all over again. Also, finding the right silk anymore involves an online order, and I have to plan my order to include more than one piece at a time.
There are many cultures that dye, paint, and batik fabric, with many different techniques and tools; and what I am most familiar with is the French Serti method. So, when I am ready to begin, I decide which of my little sketches I want to use and I make much larger (I like working on a larger scale), much cleaner drawings on a waxed type paper. Then the drawing is traced in bold, dark lines with a Sharpie marker. Now what I do varies a bit from tradition and I omit the use of stretchers. I adhere the paper directly to my cut silk with heat, thus eliminating the need for the stretcher and allowing freedom to create in any shape or size I like, without being restricted to what size stretcher I may have. An added benefit of working like this, is that my drawing is there and visible through the fabric, which makes it very easy to follow the design, use intricate detail, and have excellent control over my line work. As controlled as it can be anyway. Silk painting is not conducive to perfectionism, as it is a very imprecise medium. You have to be able accept that there will be mistakes and be OK with them. I have learned to embrace the accidents and rarely let them fluster me any more. Once the silk is adhered to the paper I begin tracing my lines on the silk with the resist medium. I use gutta, which is a bit like rubber cement, in an applicator bottle. When the line work is dry it is alright to begin application of the dye, and by nature it is largely like water color painting. In this phase I will often incorporate texturing effects, which can be made with different salts or alcohol applied to the fabric. Depending on what I am trying to achieve, this may be the final step of the process, however; I usually batik my work, which comes after the silk painting process has dried thoroughly. I have an old 70's electric fondue pot I use to melt wax, which I apply to the picture, then strategically crumple and re-apply, and paint, as needed. When that has had a day to dry I remove all the wax and reveal the final image.
I sincerely hope you enjoy what you see here, and it is as unique and exciting to you, as it is to me!
-Leslie Koren MacMillan