Magazine article Southwest Art

Coast to Coast: BEST OF THE WEST

Magazine article Southwest Art

Coast to Coast: BEST OF THE WEST

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A Painter's Journey

RENO, NV.... Stremmel Gallery presents new works by Phyllis Shafer this month in an exhibition entitled A Painter's Journey: The Sonoran Desert to the Sierra Nevada. Shafer's own experiences in both places inspired her new works. The California artist likes to paint en plein air because the natural environment inspires her. "I see and feel the narrative possibilities in nature and read them as a metaphor for the human condition," says Shafer. Her works are on display March 8-31, with an opening reception on Thursday, March 8, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

A Painter's Journey: The Sonoran Desert to the Sierra Nevada, March 8-31, Stremmel Gallery, 775.786.0558, www.stremmelgallery.com

Painting Memories

ATLANTA, OA.... New work by Atlanta-based painter Susie Pryor hangs at Bennett Street Gallery this month. Her bold, broad brush strokes capture a variety of subjects including children, coastal scenes, and still lifes. Pryor says each painting is a struggle between abstraction and reality. "I enjoy building layers of color with a palette knife and exploring techniques that allow the paint to have an uncontrolled life of its own," she says. Her works are on display from March 23 through April 20, and an artist's reception is held on Friday, March 23, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Susie Pryor, March 23-April 20, Bennett Street Gallery, 404.352.8775, www.bennettstgallery.com

Through Her Eyes

CHARLESTON, SC.... This month Sylvan Gallery presents a show entitled Through My Eyes, featuring new work by South Carolina painter Rhett Thurman. Her impressionistic style incorporates bright colors and emphasizes light. Thurman's latest works feature looser brush strokes and capture luminous scenes from her recent trip to Paris. "If light falls on it and it has color, I am apt to paint it," she says. Her works are on display March 2-31, with an artist's reception on Friday, March 2, from 5 to 8 p. …

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