VICALA FOLK ART AS FEATURED IN THE:
Denver Business Journal
She's the sleuth of discarded knickknacks with a one-of-a-kind Southwestern folk art style
You could call this artist “Trash to Treasures” or simply the “Queen of Green.”
Vicki Lindoerfer, aka Vicala (pronounced Vick-ah-lah) is a sleuth of discarded knickknacks, many with a Southwestern flavor. She has used her one-of-a-kind folk art style to “rescue” items she purchases at such places as (where else) but non-profit Goodwill stores.
Vicala, having rescued these items from permanent spots in the local landfill, then creates some of the most beautiful and whimsical art work around. Vicki, who has always been a very creative person, having worked in advertising, radio,TV and an accomplished singer, says, “I want to give each of these items a new lease on life with a loving touch. You might say that I am doing my part for the environment!”
Bev Lewey of Arapahoe County discovered Vicala at the Smoky Hill High School Original Arts & Crafts Show. She says: “While looking for some decorative items for an addition I am planning to build onto my home, I fell in love with her colorful display of decorative and eclectic artwork. The way she is able to turn ordinary, plain pieces into such festive, alive, folksy works of art captured me. I plan a Southwest theme in my home and purchased several pieces that day, because they had such personality and were just so FUN! She is also willing to put her touch of magic on any piece that someone brings to her. I feel that she is an undiscovered talent whose work is worth far more than she charges.”
Another art fair attendee, only twelve years old, was there with her mother and gravitated to Vicala’s art-work. She has started a collection of “fish” for her bedroom and was most happy when she was informed how the tchotchkes were saved from the trash and were now “her treasures”.
Fran Ambrose from Jefferson County, enthusiast of Vicala’s artwork says: “I have a really fantastic collection of Hispanic folk art in my kitchen which I’ve been collecting for more than twenty years. Vicki’s work fits right in and jazzes up all of the empty spots. Mine are great, but Vicala’s are one-of-a-kind.”
With all of her artist brushes and table full of paint containers, Vicala creates her specialized styles in between watching four grandchildren, washing up dishes, laundry and all the rest that goes with keeping a household with six plus people in it. “My relaxation is hunting for the perfect pieces and then putting my artistic touch to them. I always say that it’s cheaper than going to a shrink!”
“My style is very unique. I do have to say that each piece seems to have quite a few “dots” on them! The various knickknacks seem to somehow let me know when they’re completed. It’s almost as if they speak to me, saying I’M DONE!”
Vicala’s art has been sold in unique shops on Denver’s 16th Street Mall and also the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Wheat Ridge, CO. She also displays her work at various art fairs.
There is always such a personal touch to each piece. Vicki feels a real connection to, not only the piece, but also the people who purchase them.