With nature. With place.
August 17 – September 9, 2018
Friday, August 17 from 6 – 9 pm
Meet the artists and share refreshments with friends old and new. Free/open to the public, cash bar.
Thu noon – 6 pm; Fri noon – 9 pm; Sat 6 – 9 pm; Sun 1 – 4 pm
Miller Beach Arts & Creative District
Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts
540 S. Lake Street, Gary, IN
and there’s going to be a show within the show…
1st Annual MILLER BEACH ARTS PLEIN AIR EVENT
Saturday, August 25
Regional artists including Anne, Royce and Angela will spend the day painting outdoors around the Miller area. Join them at a reception in the evening from 6–9 pm for an exhibition/sale of the new work. Free/open to the public.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
As busy human beings, it is easy to loose touch with our surroundings. We have deadlines and responsibilities and not nearly enough time to pause and look around. As plein air artists, our inspiration comes from observation. It is essential to look, listen and feel the surrounding landscape. For us, that is Lake Michigan’s shoreline.
The beach’s tumultuous skies, roaring lake and graceful dunes have woven throughout our lives, an endless source of intrigue. We grew up swimming these shores, sinking our feet into the sand and allowing the wild winds to clear and reset our minds. Through observation and painting, we continue to absorb and retell the wisdom of this slice of nature.
Our hope is that by contemplating our work, viewers will feel the wonder of nature and its endless expanse of power, reconnecting with this glorious place we call home.
~ Anne, Royce and Angela
ANNE CORLETT is from the Saugatuck area and has studied at Oxbow in Saugatuck, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Royal Academy of Art in London. She holds a BA of Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin. She paints in oils, watercolors and pastel and prefers to work outdoors in order to connect to the landscape. “Paintings are a place to explore my relationship to life. When working, I take hold of the energy around me and focus it onto the canvas. This action celebrates existence.” www.annecorlett.net
ROYCE DEANS divides his creative efforts between painting the landscape and the human figure, teaching art, and facilitating art retreats in different parts of the world. A representational expressionist at heart, finding the lyrical gesture in every subject has become most important to his process. He grew up in Chicago and graduated from the American Academy of Art. www.roycedeans.com
ANGELA MATHIAS SAXON has been engaged in the last three decades actively pursuing a visual understanding of the landscape. A visual language of horizon, tree, water, sky is universally understood. As a perceptual painter Angela translates what she observes into a personal dialect and uses this language to evoke more than a landscape in her atmospheric work. She grew up in Miller Beach and holds a BFA in Painting from Indiana University. She lives in Traverse City, Mi. www.angelasaxon.com