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Wild Imaginings : Experimental Watercolors

WILD IMAGININGSWild Imaginings : Exhibit of Experimental Watercolor Paintings by Elaine Frenett, Darlene Southworth, and Janette Erwin Brown at Ashland Art Center, Ashland, Oregon during October 2016. Reception October 7 from 5–8pm in conjunction with the Ashland First Friday ArtWalk

October First Friday at the Ashland Art Center 2nd Floor Lounge Gallery

FREE Community Art Event

October 7 @ 5:00 pm  8:00 pm

Featured Studio Artists: Elaine Frenett, Janette Ervin-Brown & Darlene Southworth

Long ago, three future friends who would later share their wild imaginings together started their lives. Janette, in California, followed her artist leanings into education, eventually stewarding high school students to reveal their creative talents.  Colorado-born Elaine knew that in her heart resided an artist, yet she was a late bloomer, finally letting go of crafts and completing a graphic design program.  Darlene had the heart of a scientist and filled her mind and observations with biology while shaping many a college mind along the way.

They took on a different life.  

Darlene jumped the “botany” ship and found herself shaping her mind’s eye with fungi.  Janette, an avid lover of the outdoors, took her creative pursuits deep into the arms of nature.  Elaine, well she left the restrained illustration world for the freedom of the watercolor world.  But their paths were growing closer, tempting fate to see what happened when their paths finally crossed.

The maps of their lives grew closer.  

Elaine moved to the Rogue Valley, Darlene was already savoring the lush Southern Oregon surroundings and then…Janette traveled north to Ashland.  At Ashland Art Center the star-studded artist’s paths began weaving together.  Between classes, retreats and conversations over something warm, these three came to share Studio #13 as well as creative challenge.  With this camaraderie they have plunged into experimental water media, the only unifying aspect being the format of watercolor paper upon stretcher bars.  

Wild Imaginings

Ashland Art Center Featured Artists for October 2016, in this special art exhibit you can sample the wild imaginings of these three artists:  throwing, swirling, stapling, stitching, cutting, tearing mostly watercolor media upon paper.  From what appeared in the artist’s mind came these expressions of experiment. Come to Ashland Art Center’s Second Floor Lounge Gallery on Ashland’s First Friday ArtWalk on October 7 from 5–8pm to see the show and meet the artists.


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