Literature, myth and poetry inspire truly unique nature paintings by Des Moines artist Mary Kline Misol.
Misol feels that time in her studio allows her to become familiar with aspects of herself that she can not reach in any other way. She cites Joseph Campbell, a great thinker of our time. He stated that as one ages one realizes the interference daily societal demands put upon our lives - demands which diffuse our sense of self. Thus an individual must find a quiet place, or a "bliss-station", in which there are no outside distractions. Within this space, one can rediscover the radiance that comes from the "Thou Feeling" for life. Her time spent in the studio is this sort of experience for her.
Misol's paintings are produced spontaneously, with images unfolding as the work progresses. Her imagery revolves around figurative subjects, compositions, botanicals, and landscapes. She is influenced by literature, myth and poetry and draws on all three for inspiration. Her botanicals include the indigenous flora and fauna that grow and thrive in her woods.
Quiet Places Photography by Larry Mendenhall
A former newspaper photographer and editor, Mendenhall, began concentrating on landscape photography in the late '90's and began Quiet Places Photography in 2003. He uses line,pattern, texture and light to guide the viewer through his nature and landscape images.
Mendenhall will be showing pieces from his "Expressive Strokes" collection. "Expressive stroke" is a technique borrowed from pencil drawing defined as a line that varies in width, angle, and pressure. Expressive strokes "flow"-unlike a straight line drawn with a ruler-inviting viewers to experience the photograph rather than just being casual observers. Expressive strokes are abundant in nature and are often the subject of Mendenhall's black and white photography.
"An Intimate Encounter with Nature" opens on April 28
with an artist reception from 4 to 6 p.m. The show runs through June 21st.
For additional information please contact Heidi Brandt at 563-340-2611 or email@example.com. Visit the gallery at 2967 State Street, Bettendorf.
Beréskin Gallery and Art Academy represents twenty full time artists along with rotating guest artist exhibits. They offer a variety of classes for all ages and skill levels through the gallery's Academy. Their goal is to provide the community a warm and friendly environment conducive to collaboration and learning about art.