Animals and Birds Among Us:
Four Solo Shows at Priscilla Fowler Fine Art Gallery
Dogs of India
Miss Julia Grey's Hummingbird Tableaux
The Late Michael Crespo's Animals Among Us
Eva Misa's Feral Bunnies
Priscilla Fowler Fine Art Gallery is honored to present four artists whose treatment of animals and birds in their art is nuanced without being sentimental. Often artists simplify imagery of animals so that they hang at the edge of or even fall into cuteness: much of their dignity, complexity and uniqueness is lost. The four artists in these exhibits know better than to do this. Each animal they depict is a particular, specific creature, with its own presence.
These works may not approach the precision of a National Geographic photo but they show a connection between human and animal that is important for us to understand and honor. No maudlin sentimentality exists in these works; these animals demand your serious consideration and invite dialogue.
Barbara Jean (Beej) Nierengarten-Smith, Ed. D., of Santa Fe, NM, has had multiple careers including teaching, museum work (as Director and Chief Curator of Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, MO), and art-making. As an artist, Beej does drawing, printmaking (ranging from serigraphy to monotype), book making, paper making and ceramics. The imagery in her work ranges broadly across both aesthetic and political (feminist) concerns. In this solo show, she reflects on her response to the community dogs she encountered during extensive travels in India.
Ms. Julia Grey, of Las Vegas, NV is known as The First Lady of Light and is a pioneer in open shutter photography. Julia Grey’s main influences are painters. Caravaggio’s graphic tenebrism and M.J. Heade’s dramatic interpretations of nature are tops on her list. A self-educated artist, Ms. Grey serves as mentor, teacher and speaker. Her work can be found in private and public collections in the US and UK.
Priscilla Fowler met the late Michael Crespo of Baton Rouge, LA, when he was her instructor at Anderson Ranch (Snowmass Village, CO) for Large-Format Watercolor. Michael was a Professor of Art at Louisiana State University for many years, a well-regarded painter, and the author of several well-regarded books on watercolor, including a widely used text. Michael's estate, including many lovely and compelling works of animals, birds, and fish, is managed by the David Lusk Gallery (Memphis and Nashville Tennessee), who graciously consigned the five paintings shown in this exhibit. Michael Crespo received his BFA from Louisiana State University, and MFA from Queens College, New York. He was a leading LSU School of Art faculty member for 40 years, serving as director from 1990-96. His work is collected widely and is held in public collections including Louisiana Art and Science Museum-Baton Rouge, LSU Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art-New Orleans, and the Aquarium of the Americas-New Orleans, among many others.
Eva Misa grew up in Cebu City, Philippines, and her passion for painting and classical piano were passed on to her by her parents who encouraged her from an early age. She grew up in an artistic household with a father who was an avid painter. Both her parents were professional photographers, who operated a photography studio.
As a professional flight attendant, Eva traveled widely and was able to see many great paintings in the museums of Europe, the United States and Asia. A self-taught artist, Eva also learned from reading art books and magazines and has studied with notable professional artist friends and mentors. Eva exhibited in the Philippines and internationally with other Filipino artists in a group that she organized. More than 20 years ago, Eva migrated to the United States and has since resided in Las Vegas, where she has continued her art practice.
Thursday May 2, 2019 – Saturday,June 29, 2019
including Preview Thursdays 5 to 9pm and First Fridays 5 to 11pm
Priscilla Fowler Fine Art Gallery and Studio exhibits professional contemporary fine artists from Las Vegas and elsewhere in the United States, whose work is both compelling and approachable.
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1300 South Main St. #110
Las Vegas, NV 89104
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