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March Issue 2003
Conn Gallery in Landrum, SC, Presents Group Exhibition
The Conn Gallery in Landrum, SC, will host the exhibition Spring Impressions featuring works by Catherine Labbé Bettencourt, Diane Hopkins-Hughes, Kristin Schmitt and Susan Stevens on view Mar. 8 through Apr. 17, 2003. Four women from different cities are represented here, but all share the same bond of love of life and the interaction of humans with their environment, natural and out of nature.
Catherine Labbé Bettencourt, a native of Greenville, SC, is an active printmaker and painter. Her works have been shown at a variety of invitational, solo, and juried exhibits across the Southeast including her latest showing at the Greenville County Museum of Art in Greenville, SC. Exterior spaces, with their powerful forms and movement, and unique landscapes from this well traveled artist, are emphasized in her work.
Diane Hopkins-Hughes developed an interest in photography while living in Europe. After attending workshops with Ansel Adams, Paul Caponigro, George Tice and Brett Weston, her photos have been exhibited nationally, including the Dallas Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in New Orleans, the Nexus in Atlanta, GA, and the Light Factory in Charlotte, NC.
After attaining the ideal black and white image, and working in that medium for 30 years, she began coloring her images "to emphasize the fantasy as well as the real." She photographs images we see everyday, embellishes them with color to produce works that are beautiful, bringing fantasy to realism and back again. Hughes resides in Greenville, SC, with her husband.
Kristin Schmitt lives with her husband, Dr. Patrick Schmitt in Columbus, NC. She was raised on a TB horse farm in Albuquerque, NM. She quotes "when I was a child I drew scribbles and horses. I still draw scribbles and horses." The landscape of New Mexico, the Mexican, Spanish and Native American cultures all have influenced her style as an artist. Her talent runs rich and deep through the threads of her work. Schmitt's pen and inks are whimsical, her landscapes evoke curiosity, her abstracts are brilliant with color and line, her horse paintings, real and abstract, are stunning, She quotes: "If it is a good day to paint or a good day to ride my horse .... I ride my horse."
Susan Stevens currently lives in Oconomowoc, WI. She started painting large scale flowers on canvas in 1999. Not having a formal education in art, Stevens completed classes at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Her flowers are on both large and small canvases; her signature piece, which she sold to a local art collector, is 36"x48" titled Two Red Poppies. Plein Aire painting is also in Stevens' repertoire, and her palette is northern New Mexico. Her landscapes encompass the Chaman River Valley Region, Box Canyon, and Jemez Mountains. Stevens' floral and landscape works explode with color, but bring peace of mind to anyone who looks.
Come see this vibrant display of color shown by four very different artists.
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