Thelma Appel Observed/Abstract Career Survey at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Vermont
A career survey of one of the founders of Bennington College Summer Painting Workshop. Appel's early works recreated the energy and color of the vistas in Vermont and across the US. Her later works included imagery based on 9/11 and natural disasters, as well as the tarot.
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NEWS FROM BRATTLEBORO MUSEUM & ART CENTER September 17, 2019 Contact: Erin Jenkins [email protected] 802-257-0124, ext. 113
“Thelma Appel: Observed/Abstract” surveys the career of one of the co-founders of the Bennington College Summer Painting Workshop. Early in her career, Appel worked as a landscape painter. “I was interested in the patterns formed by light cast on organic forms in the landscape,” Appel said, “and I tried to convey, through overlapping strokes of color, a sense of physical connection with the contours of nature.”
After September 11, 2001, Appel’s imagery shifted from pastoral to apocalyptic, and then she developed a body of work based on the tarot. “My tarot images became the beginning of a new series in which I explored my feelings about time and endless space, transcendence and inner joy, while depicting cosmic phenomena,” she said. In conjunction with the exhibit, Margaret Shipman and Stacy Salpietro-Babb, creators of the Wayfarer Tarot, will present an introduction to tarot on Wednesday, October 30, at 7 p.m. Advance registration is required.
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