Boundless natural world inspires exhibition at Imago


Imago Foundation for the Arts (IFA) is featuring paintings by IFA exhibiting artist Gary Heise, guest artists Katherine Lovell and Erin Spencer and other IFA exhibiting artists in a group exhibit called “Boundless Worlds” at Imago Gallery, 36 Market Street, Warren, Rhode Island, March 14 – April 21.

A complimentary public reception for all the artists will be held on Saturday, March 16, from 5 to 8 p.m. with musical accompaniment by guitarist by Shelley Katsh. All are welcome.

Heise’s watercolors depict the landscape using Chinese painting materials (ink, brush, and Chinese papers) and a combination of both Eastern and Western painting techniques. His work is inspired by study with the Taiwanese painter and printmaker, Liao Shiou-ping as well as his personal experience of the landscape, and ranges from views of the local landscape to imaginative, semi-abstract scenes.

Heise will be offering a free ink-and-brush (sumi-e) painting demonstration at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 17 at the gallery for those interested in learning more about his work. The session will also serve as an introduction and sample of a paid two-day workshop he will offer on Sunday, April 21 and Sunday April 28. More details will be announced soon.

A painter for many years who worked on acrylics on big panels, Lovell is presenting a new, more intimate series of watercolors. She says, “My ideas, my interests are the same as they have always been--geometric pattern, nature, layered color-- but the experience of connecting to my deeper, unconscious creativity has changed every way I work.”

Spencer is a landscape oil painter whose work offers a quiet look at the landscapes that often disappear into the background of our lives. Her paintings have been described as calming and grounding, distilled expressions of poetry. She focused her artwork for this exhibit on clouds and skies and the expression of the boundless energy and wonder she see when looking at the sky.

IFA exhibiting artists who will be participating in this group exhibit include Bill Chisholm, David Clarke, Eileen Siobhan Collins, Mary Dondero, Stephen Fisher, Philip Gruppuso, Carl Keitner, Eileen Mayhew, Linda Megathlin, Catherine Moylan, Rina Naik, Mercedes Nuñez, Anne Marie Rossi, Howard Rotblat-Walker, Duff Schweninger, Pamela Seymour Smith Sharp, Lenny Rumpler, Howard Windham and Meredith Wolf.

Regular gallery hours for the exhibit are Thursday 12-3, Friday and Saturday noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

IFA is a non-profit organization run by artists for artists whose mission is to inspire creativity and promote art-making that enriches our communities.

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