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  • Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts 540 South Lake Street Gary, IN, 46403 United States (map)

“Reconnect” an exhibition of landscape paintings

An exhibition of landscape paintings by three regional artists who all grew up along the shores of Lake Michigan: Anne Corlett, Royce Deans, Angela Saxon

There will be a Plein air art event in association with this exhibit on Saturday August 25

Opening Reception Friday, August 17, 2018 from 6-9pm. Meet the artists and share refreshments with friends new and old.

About the exhibition:

As busy human beings, it is easy to lose touch with our surroundings. We have deadlines and responsibilities and not nearly enough time to pause and look around. As plein air artists, our inspiration comes from observation. It is essential to look, listen and feel the surrounding landscape. For us, that is Lake Michigan’s shoreline.

The beach’s tumultuous skies, roaring lake and graceful dunes have woven throughout our lives, an endless source of intrigue. We grew up swimming these shores, sinking our feet into the sand and allowing the wild winds to clear and reset our minds. Through observation and painting, we continue to absorb and retell the wisdom of this slice of nature.

Our hope is that by contemplating our work, viewers will feel the wonder of nature and its endless expanse of power, reconnecting with this glorious place we call home.

ANGELA SAXON has been engaged in the last three decades actively pursuing a visual understanding of the landscape. A visual language of horizon, tree, water, sky is universally understood. As a perceptual painter Angela translates what she observes into a personal dialect and uses this language to evoke more than a landscape in her atmospheric work. She grew up in Miller Beach and holds a BFA in Painting from Indiana University.

ANNE CORLETT is from the Saugatuck area and has studied at Oxbow in Saugatuck, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Royal Academy of Art in London. She holds a BA of Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin. She paints in oils, watercolors and pastel and prefers to work outdoors in order to connect to the landscape. “Paintings are a place to explore my relationship to life. When

working, I take hold of the energy around me and focus it onto the canvas. This action celebrates existence.”

ROYCE DEANS divides his creative efforts between painting the landscape and the human figure, teaching art, and facilitating art retreats in different parts of the world. A representational expressionist at heart, finding the lyrical gesture in every subject has become most important to his process. He grew up in Chicago and graduated from the American Academy of Art.

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