Florals, whether they are in nature, fashion or art are some of my favorite things. So, I was so excited to see the latest exhibition at the Anne Neilson Fine Art Gallery, Botanica that took the flower theme to a whole new level. The show opened Thursday, May 3rd and runs through June 1st, and features new works from nine artist that the gallery represents.
I loved seeing all the pictures from the opening reception via the galleries official Instagram, which showed pictures of the artists with their work along with some truly fun botanical hats that were made specifically for the event.
One of the artists I was most looking forward to seeing new work from at this exhibition was Raleigh based artist, Caroline Boykin. I just love the porcelain flowers and butterflies that she adds to her work (as well as the ‘Pout’s pieces that have been at previous exhibitions.)
Caroline’s work centers around emotional balance within a moment. Elements of architecture and nature combine in multiple mediums to create tension in weight of color and delicacy of subject. The porcelain flowers and butterflies are in full bloom and mid flight, focusing on internal strength and external beauty. The intent is not to be precious but to capture a conversation of movement and life.
Jhina Alvarado is a self-taught artist who is represented by galleries across the United States. Her work has been featured in various international and national magazines, blogs, and art technique books. She currently works part-time as a calculus and pre-calculus teacher at the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts and paints full-time in her home studio in San Francisco. She has exhibited in group and solo shows nationwide and was voted “Top 20 Best Artists in San Francisco/ Bay Area”, by Asterisk San Francisco Magazine July 2012.
Vesela is a full time artist currently working from her studio in Chattanooga, TN. She studied art at the University of Art in Sofia, Bulgaria. Her work creates positive, happy feelings and can be found in many private and corporate collections mainly throughout the southeast but also nationwide.
Eliza Kabacoff Thomas is a Austin-based artist who was born in Boston, Mass and grew up both in Austin, and New Orleans. Thomas attended Columbia University’s Barnard College in New York City, where she studied Italian and art history, darling a B.A. in 1996, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. Thomas received her training at Parsons School of Design, and since 2003, at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center.
Pam Moxley, a self-taught artist, has spent the last twenty one years pursuing her fascination with photography and mixed media. She is best known for her taut black and white and sepia-toned images which are simple in composition yet complex in theme. Her works are inspired by her own childhood and watching the growth of her four children. Each of her works are created to remind the viewer of their own time as a child, when they embraced life with unbridled moxie.
Paige Kalena Follmann is a full-time artist known for her “figurative scenes” and striking use of color, pattern and shape. Her figurative painting style has been described as a modern and imaginative interpretation of classical work or “Matisse meets Picasso.” Viewers tend to be drawn to Paige’s work because her subjects are stylized – she represents them in a non-realistic manner. Her work has both a whimsical and sophisticated feel, piquing the viewer’s imagination.