Esthesia

Work by:
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Carrie Burr     Paula Keppie     Wendi Smith

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November 20th through December 27th 2014 

Opening Reception Friday, November 21st 6:00 to 9:00 PM

 First Friday Reception Friday, December 5th 2014 6:00 to 9:00 PM

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Gallery Hours: Thursday through Saturday

12:00 to 6:00 PM

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By Appointment

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Nature with its intrinsic beauty has been described by many artists  through the ages. Nature and the landscape have also been used as a metaphor by artists such as the Hudson River School of painters in the mid 19th century. Romanic painters; Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Church, Asher Duran and Thomas Cole, depicted man living in perfect harmony with nature. Their luminous paintings portray the landscape as the perfect manifestation of God and humans as elevated by its wonder. It was an idealized interpretation of the American landscape meant to spiritually inspire the viewer. 

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Contemporary artists also turn to landscape for inspiration but oWen in a different way. As man has been increasingly separated from the natural world by urbanization, simple observation of nature is more difficult. The exploration of natural objects take on a Zen‐like quality, a meditative, elemental state allowing the artist and the viewer to explore their feelings and reconnect with the relationship between the physical world and the individual’s inner voice.

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Artist, Carrie Burr creates delicate environmental installations from found objects paired with manipulated photographs. The artist‐built environment interprets the natural world both through the lens and with selected materials…landscape by design. She invites us to reconnect with the natural experience by artificially isolating it within the formal constructs of the gallery space.

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Paula Keppie is interested in activating all the senses. Her visuals certainly engage the eyes with rich earth tones and surfaces filled with inviting tactile textures. Dabs of color rhythmically vibrate across the painting surface alluding to sound. She evokes a complete engagement of your perception. Ms Keppie requires you focus and feel the intensity of your sensory energy!

Indiana artist, Wendi Smith, paints the natural world as well, but seen through a diverse multicultural lens. She borrows from the art and spiritual rituals of the world framing plants, animals and landscapes as precious icons and alter pieces. This homage to nature celebrates the worth of the natural world and merges the spiritual cultures of the world into a universal prayer for our earth.

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PYRO Gallery is open 12 PM to 6 PM on Thursday thru Saturday, or by appointment. The gallery is open late during artist receptions and First Friday Trolley Hops. Admission to PYRO Gallery is FREE and open to the public.

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PYRO is an artist owned and operated gallery with 19 current members.  Working in many different styles and media, a diverse group of professional artist members guarantees a lively assortment of work to visitors and collectors.

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