June 15, 2024


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Artwork exhibit by Kirsten Bowen, Karen LaValley operates as a result of April 9

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"Peonies" by Karen LaValley

Individuals seeking a splash of spring and an case in point of artistic friendship will find it in “When Character Speaks” at Money University’s Schumacher Gallery.  

Painters and longtime buddies Kirsten Bowen and Karen LaValley have collaborated on an show of 40 works bursting with vibrant flowers and trees and a sprint of poetry. Each individual artist delights in the beauty of mother nature, primarily in the spring and summer season months. 

Bowen, a previous Columbus resident who now lives in Harrison, New York, creates text-dependent Venetian-fashion frescos with dye on soaked plaster. Into her paintings of woodland scenes or flowers, she surreptitiously incorporates terms from her individual poems or the poetry of many others.  

“Sun Drenched Days” presents pine trees right before a pond. Foliage on the floor as well as the h2o and the clouds are produced with rounded brush strokes that camouflage letters from Bowen’s poem: “Flesh streaks on sun-drenched days (glistening, quivering flesh)…” 

"Sun Drenched Days" by Kirsten Bowen

1 of her smallest performs, “Amongst Trees,” honors author Katrina Mayer (“Time spent amongst trees is never wasted”) and is positioned in the vicinity of Bowen’s enormous triptych, “Of Meadows and Desires.” This large, bold portray in blue and white involves terms from Bowen’s poem of the very same title.  

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Installing the show, Schumacher Gallery Director David Gentilini interspersed Bowen’s paintings with LaValley’s, often according to a color scheme.  

“They’ve been close friends without end and I required to demonstrate them with each other and select pieces that dance alongside one another,” he claimed. 

Bowen’s “Take It Easy” (with phrases from The Eagles song) hangs beneath LaValley’s “Peonies.” The two operates rejoice the large pink blossoms of the flowers. 

"Take it Easy" by Kirsten Bowen

In her operate, LaValley is clearly enamored of flowers and adept at capturing them. Sunflowers, daffodils, roses, peonies and more star in her oil paintings. 

In her “Table for A person,” a glass vase of sunflowers stands on a little table in front of a lush array of what appear to be pink hydrangeas. The scene glories in an abundance of blossoms. 

"Table for One" by Karen LaValley

When LaValley departs from bouquets, she is even now preoccupied with character, capturing apple orchards, California’s Joshua Tree Countrywide Park and bare, exquisite tree branches in the wonderful portray “Sycamore.” 

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The show has the atmosphere and satisfying character of French floral portray. It also demonstrates how will work by two artists can cohabit in suitable, complementary design and style. All the improved that the artists are good friends. 

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“When Character Speaks: Paintings by Kirsten Bowen and Karen LaValley” proceeds by means of April 9 in Funds University’s Schumacher Gallery, Fourth Ground Library, 2199 E. Main St., Bexley. Hours: midday to 3 p.m. Mondays by means of Fridays, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Connect with 614-236-6319 or stop by www.cash.edu

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