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October Issue 2004
Summit One Gallery in Highlands, NC, Features Reprise Exhibition
Summit One Gallery in Highlands, NC, will present
the exhibition, Epic Spirit II, featuring works by Betty
Foy Botts, Mase Lucas and Libby Mathews from Oct. 9 through Nov.
22, 2004. Epic Spirit in 2002 featured works by the same
three artists. The exhibition is appropriately titled because
all three artists paint in a very large format and their spirits
are as large as their canvases.
Betty Foy Botts (Atlanta, GA) is an abstract artist. She says, "As an artist, I sometimes feel a little like a mad scientist as I pour, scrape, sand and draw into my surfaces. There is a child-like excitement in the sense of discovery as the painting begins to take form. I become a vessel in the hands of a creative God as I immerse myself in the process. The push and pull of the painting direct me as it becomes. It is not surprising that my paintings are complex."
Botts goes on to add, "As individuals we are complex, layer upon layer, yet an essence, a spirit, a mind, a will and emotion. My paintings are the end result of putting on materials, removing materials, covering and uncovering, stripping and gouging until at last it becomes what it is - a revolution, a kindred spirit to my spirit and the spirit of God."
Mase Lucas (Scaly Mountain, NC) is well known
across the country for her equine paintings. She captures the
soul and synergy of her subjects. She says of her work, "My
paintings generally address two artistic interests: one is the
sense of restrained energy that seems to be an integral part of
stillness and repose; the other is the unrevealed narrative suggested
by enigmatic, and often unlikely, relationships. For me, the trick
is to explore and relay these smudgy observations without unwittingly
releasing the energy or trivializing the relationships."
Lucas' studio is in a converted hayloft above her horse barn. At night she can hear the horses below her in their stalls; during the day she's able to observe them in the fields. The windows, high and bright, overlook a pastoral landscape that never fails to fill her with the most sustaining awe and gratitude. Lucas is also known for her figures studies. Her studies of women are as genteel as her horses are powerful. Once again, she captures the mood and energy of her subjects.
Libby Mathews (Lakemont, GA) at early dawn is drawn to her lakeside studio to paint the sun's first light as it touches the mountains and slowly moves across the land setting everything in its path ablaze with vibrant colors and ever-changing views. Whether the day is brilliant with the sun's glow or shrouded in the gray values from fog or rain, the landforms shift, transform and renew at the edges of each day.
Mathews offers the following about her work, "I am in constant motion - choreographing compositions as my internal vision of the landscape speaks of change, tension, boundaries, shadows (similar to everyday internal dialogues). This 'dance' captures moments of beauty, color, and clarity."
Mathews' early experience was filled with years
of printmaking, teaching with the Fulton Council for the Arts
and the Georgia Arts Council and dancing with Mary Staton Dance
Ensemble. Once she began painting, nothing else held her interest
quite as strongly. Mathews created her own course of study with
painters whose work she most admired. Marc Chatov and his uncle,
Roman, were her first instructors. Their traditional Russian pallet
and disciplinary techniques gave her structure, information and
inspiration to look deeply in the shadow, to "see" color
and value in figure studies.
Artist Alice Edgar Williams took Mathews outside to paint en plein air and the spark ignited. She discovered her intent. Her Gestalt love of landscape has taken her to Wyoming, California, Central America and Italy to paint the land and capture the qualities of light and shadow. The beautiful, verdant Southern Appalachians are now her home. Mathews says, "I cherish each day spent translating my vision of the natural world to canvas; capturing the fleeting moment when earth, water, and air glowvibrating with oneness."
For further information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 828/526-2673, e-mail at (firstname.lastname@example.org) or at (www.summitonegallery.com).
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