Henderson Fine Art Gallery
Reception: Friday, January 18 – 6 to 8 p.m.
January 18, 2008 - February 15, 2008
From abstract paintings to fabric art and precious jewelry, “Radiant Velocity” reflects the inspiration of two artists – Karen Ellsbury and Sue Johnson. The San Juan College Henderson Fine Arts Gallery will feature the exhibit, January 18 – February 15. “Radiant Velocity” opens with a reception, Friday, January 18, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Art Gallery.
Influenced by Georgia O’Keefe and Vincent Van Gogh, Karen Ellsbury paints with acrylic, spreading her soul on stretched canvas. Her paintings reflect the flowing forms of her free spirit and boldness of character in her brilliant color schemes. A product of “ranch life” in the southwest, Ellsbury’s style and emerging images come from a transcendental place.
“I endeavor to create paintings with movement, color, emotion and symmetry,” she says. “I am drawn to abstract style because it frees me to develop a partnership with the canvas and the natural light of my studio creating dramatic images from my pallet of color.”
Ellsbury has been painting in New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona since the mid 1980s. She has been juried in quality art shows including the Gateway Museum National Juried Art Show, where in 2004 she won the Northwest New Mexico Arts Council Choice Award.
While workshops and classes from noted fiber artists provided Sue Johnson with inspiration and new techniques over the years, her style in creating fabric art, hand-dyed scarves and precious metal clay jewelry remains uniquely her own.
She began sharing her art with the public in the 1970s. In 1999, she signed up for a printmaking class at San Juan College. Her intent was to incorporate the technique with fibers to add one more option when she worked, but the printmaking process captivated her for several years before she began combining it with fiber. More of that combination will evolve over the years to come.
“My themes often draw from the minute details of nature that are so often overlooked in our busy lives and rushed schedules,” Johnson explains. “A sense of humor has helped me through challenging times in my life, and that humor often comes through in my work.”
“The strong artist community in our area provides constant inspiration and ideas for new work,” she continues. “Sharing that with the public is a common goal among the artists I know – and we keep trying new methods to reach outside our ranks to other members of the community.”
The Art Gallery is open Monday through Thursday,
from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For further information about this exhibit or other Gallery events,
contact Cindy McNealy at 566-3464.