Stremmel Gallery proudly presents Phyllis Shafer’s “Nature Divine: Landscape Paintings of the American West,” opening November 3, 2016. Shafer’s exhibition of new paintings catalogs her observations of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve in Carmel, California, and the vast spaces of Wyoming. “Nature Divine: Landscape Paintings of the American West,” will mark the sixth solo exhibition for the South Lake Tahoe artist at Stremmel Gallery, and will run through December 10, 2016. The opening reception is from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, November 3, 2016, and is free to the public.
“With nature as my subject, I am never short of rich material from which to draw,” Shafer says. “I do think, however, that this exhibition marks a shift in my attention. I am eager to paint more moonlight paintings, just to explore the quality of mystery that moonlight provides. It also allows the paintings to become less about a specific place and more an emotional or interior landscape of sorts.
“The last three years was an incredible opportunity to focus entirely on my paintings,” Shafer says. “What I found was that not only did I respond to the particular idiosyncrasies of the landscape, but that I was able to further explore the idea of personal narrative as applied to landscape painting. In short, I use the language of landscape painting as a metaphor for autobiographical narratives.”
After receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988, Shafer continued to exhibit her work and teach part-time in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1994, she moved to Lake Tahoe, a place that deepened her interest in the natural world and the metaphorical possibilities it provides for painting subjects.
She has shown widely throughout the region, including at the Nevada Museum of Art (NMA), Churchill Arts Council, and Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum. Her work is featured in the permanent collections of the NMA, Artown, Desert Research Institute, and Renown Health.
For more information, or to schedule a private viewing of “Nature Divine: Landscape Paintings of the American West,” please call Stremmel Gallery at 775-786-0558. Please visit www.stremmelgallery.com for more information. High-resolution images are available upon request. Stremmel Gallery is located at 1400 South Virginia Street in Reno, Nevada. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.