Art show by Kirsten Bowen, Karen LaValley runs as a result of April 9

"Peonies" by Karen LaValley

These seeking a splash of spring and an case in point of artistic friendship will obtain it in “When Mother nature Speaks” at Funds University’s Schumacher Gallery.  

Painters and longtime good friends Kirsten Bowen and Karen LaValley have collaborated on an exhibit of 40 functions bursting with colourful bouquets and trees and a sprint of poetry. Each individual artist delights in the magnificence of character, specifically in the spring and summer season months. 

Bowen, a former Columbus resident who now life in Harrison, New York, produces text-dependent Venetian-type frescos with dye on moist plaster. Into her paintings of woodland scenes or bouquets, she surreptitiously incorporates phrases from her personal poems or the poetry of many others.  

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

"Sun Drenched Days" by Kirsten Bowen

One particular of her smallest operates, “Amongst Trees,” honors author Katrina Mayer (“Time put in amongst trees is under no circumstances wasted”) and is put close to Bowen’s massive triptych, “Of Meadows and Desires.” This significant, daring portray in blue and white incorporates phrases from Bowen’s poem of the identical title.  

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Installing the show, Schumacher Gallery Director David Gentilini interspersed Bowen’s paintings with LaValley’s, frequently in accordance to a coloration plan.  

“They’ve been friends without end and I wished to present them together and pick items that dance together,” he explained. 

Bowen’s “Take It Easy” (with text from The Eagles music) hangs below LaValley’s “Peonies.” Each will work rejoice the significant pink blossoms of the flowers. 

"Take it Easy" by Kirsten Bowen

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

In her “Table for One,” a glass vase of sunflowers stands on a small desk in front of a lush array of what glance to be pink hydrangeas. The scene glories in an abundance of blossoms. 

"Table for One" by Karen LaValley

When LaValley departs from flowers, she is nevertheless preoccupied with nature, capturing apple orchards, California’s Joshua Tree Countrywide Park and bare, sophisticated tree branches in the stunning painting “Sycamore.” 

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The exhibit has the atmosphere and pleasing mother nature of French floral painting. It also demonstrates how performs by two artists can cohabit in appropriate, complementary design and style. All the improved that the artists are buddies. 

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“When Nature Speaks: Paintings by Kirsten Bowen and Karen LaValley” continues through April 9 in Cash University’s Schumacher Gallery, Fourth Flooring Library, 2199 E. Primary St., Bexley. Hours: midday to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Simply call 614-236-6319 or check out