Art exhibit by Kirsten Bowen, Karen LaValley operates by way of April 9

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"Peonies" by Karen LaValley

These seeking a splash of spring and an illustration of inventive friendship will find it in “When Character Speaks” at Funds University’s Schumacher Gallery.  

Painters and longtime buddies Kirsten Bowen and Karen LaValley have collaborated on an show of 40 operates bursting with colourful flowers and trees and a sprint of poetry. Each individual artist delights in the natural beauty of mother nature, specially in the spring and summer season months. 

Bowen, a former Columbus resident who now lives in Harrison, New York, creates text-based Venetian-model frescos with dye on damp plaster. Into her paintings of woodland scenes or flowers, she surreptitiously incorporates words from her own poems or the poetry of other individuals.  

“Sun Drenched Days” offers pine trees right before a pond. Foliage on the ground as properly as the drinking water and the clouds are made with rounded brush strokes that camouflage letters from Bowen’s poem: “Flesh streaks on solar-drenched times (glistening, quivering flesh)…” 

"Sun Drenched Days" by Kirsten Bowen

1 of her smallest performs, “Amongst Trees,” honors author Katrina Mayer (“Time put in amongst trees is hardly ever wasted”) and is placed in the vicinity of Bowen’s huge triptych, “Of Meadows and Dreams.” This major, daring painting in blue and white consists of text from Bowen’s poem of the same title.  

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Putting in the exhibit, Schumacher Gallery Director David Gentilini interspersed Bowen’s paintings with LaValley’s, normally according to a coloration scheme.  

“They’ve been buddies endlessly and I wished to demonstrate them alongside one another and pick items that dance collectively,” he stated. 

Bowen’s “Take It Easy” (with words and phrases from The Eagles track) hangs underneath LaValley’s “Peonies.” Both is effective rejoice the major pink blossoms of the bouquets. 

"Take it Easy" by Kirsten Bowen

In her operate, LaValley is evidently enamored of flowers and adept at capturing them. Sunflowers, daffodils, roses, peonies and much more star in her oil paintings. 

In her “Table for Just one,” a glass vase of sunflowers stands on a little desk in entrance of a lush array of what look 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 character, capturing apple orchards, California’s Joshua Tree Nationwide Park and bare, sophisticated tree branches in the attractive painting “Sycamore.” 

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The show has the environment and pleasing nature of French floral painting. It also demonstrates how operates by two artists can cohabit in appropriate, complementary design and style. All the much better that the artists are pals. 

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“When Mother nature Speaks: Paintings by Kirsten Bowen and Karen LaValley” proceeds through April 9 in Funds University’s Schumacher Gallery, Fourth Ground Library, 2199 E. Major St., Bexley. Hours: noon to 3 p.m. Mondays by Fridays, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Contact 614-236-6319 or go to

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