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May 2011

Adam Cave Fine Art in Raleigh, NC, Features Works by Susan Baehmann and Brian Kiernan

Adam Cave Fine Art in Raleigh, NC, will present the exhibit, Walk in the Park, featuring works by Susan Baehmann and Brian Kiernan, on view from May 6 - 31, 2011.

Susan Baehmann and Brian Kiernan have created oils and etchings that don’t just show us nature at its most wild and most manicured, but give us the full sensory experience of being there ourselves. Each artist illuminates different aspects of our relationship with nature, but both share a common reverence for the “technology-free” peace and tranquility that we find in the outdoors.

In Baehmann’s color etchings and oil paintings, we find ourselves, and others, sitting in tree-covered courtyards, walking through nurseries, or strolling the paths of city parks. Each image highlights the ways in which we bring nature into our urban and suburban lives. The park benches and cobblestone paths give the images structure but the dappled light through the trees brings each piece to life. Even when figures are present, we can see ourselves there, enjoying the quiet, in the company of a friend.

Baehmann, who is originally from the mid-west, now lives in Wilmington, NC. She has traveled extensively and we see that in images from New York’s Central Park, to Williamsburg, VA, to the Airlie Gardens of her hometown.

By contrast, with Brian Kiernan we leave the city and its population far behind and travel deep into the forests and woods of a landscape both fictional and deeply real. Kiernan hikes routinely in the northern Appalachian Mountains near his home in Belchertown, MA. During each sojourn he makes small studies in oil capturing the details of light, rocks, trees and water. Back in his studio he creates entirely invented scenes, combining the elements from his studies. The resulting paintings have all the veracity of plein-air artwork but are somehow much more personal due to the imaginative process employed in the studio.

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