Northwind Arts Center presents "Inner Gardens"
May 3 – May 27
May 3 – 11:30 am Exhibit Opens
May 5 – 5:30 pm Art Walk and Reception
May 6 – 1:00 pm Art Talk
May 27 – 5:30 am Exhibit Closes
Flowers capture us with their micro-worlds of color, pattern and line. From the interplay of shifting forms and hues to the tapestry of varied textures, we are attracted to the pulse of life in botanical images. In this exhibit of mix-media painting and glass sculptures, three Northwest artists explore the timeless inspiration of the floral form. Erika Bass, Mary Flynn-Gillies and Richard La Londe each express a new spirit of the botanical in their abstract work, inviting the viewer to enter imagined spaces of inner nature.
Erika Bass explores patterns of floral shapes in her vibrant, yet subtly textured mixed-media art. She works from hand-cut collagraph prints adding pigments to build complex paintings which play with the connections between form and ground. Mary Flynn-Gillies uses meticulously placed found vintage papers to create the surface of her many-layered acrylics paintings. She captures opposing qualities of fragility and boldness in her work using sensitive charcoal lines contrasted with the lively washes of her colored stains. Richard La Londe works in glass creating sensual botanical vessels. He fuses crushed glass and silver foil in his kiln making slumped glass sculptures that radiate with color as they pull the eye of the viewer down into their organic centers. All three artists present a powerful body of work in a show that is both complementary in its shared themes and contemporary in its vision.