Aloe Fan Trio

“Aloe Fan Trio” © 2009, Photographs


March 14th – April 26th, 2009

Reception Saturday, March 14th, 3pm-5pm.

I will be exhibiting a variety of mixed media artworks at the Los Angeles Public Library, Pacific Palisades Branch. .  The exhibition is open to the public during library hours.

On exhibit will be a glimpse of several different series created over the past decade.  experimenting with various plein air painting and photograph mediums; inspired by nature and life experiences.  The artworks are created in a very free expressionistic style.  The exhibit will include several of Chinese Brush paintings of animals that are warm-ups to my more evolved pond paintings.  The intent of the brush paintings is to capture animals in five or less brush strokes, giving every stroke meaning.  This expands the belief, “less is more”.

alice-with-pucker-lips

This technique has transcended into my impressionistic/expressionistic pond painting series by creating large minimal abstract paintings on canvas.

brisk-moment-48x48 “Brisk Moment”  48″ x 48″ mixed media on canvas

Coming from a Photo-realistic painting background since the age of 14 years old, I’ve simplified my approach and painting techniques; with the exception of a recent painting commission of the “Wailing Wall”, where the client requested the detail and character of every stone.  A large hand painted embellished print on canvas of this amazing painting will also be on exhibit.

wailing-wall-commission“Wailing Wall”  36″ x 52″  mixed media on canvas.

Included in the exhibition will be prints of my new series of experimental digital photography where I weave images of spirituality and nature.  These artworks are a reflection of the transition in my art that combines spirituality with artistry and I feel I “finally got it”.  Reinforced by the quote Bhagavan Krishna, “He who perceives me everywhere, and beholds everything in me, never loses sight of me, nor do I ever lose sight of him.”  For me, in this quote “me” is “God”.

"Glow", Digital print, limited edition“Glow”, Limited Edition print © 2009

A Long Island, NY transplant, I earned my BFA from Pratt Institute and am a recipient of several prestigious awards and commissions including the Municipal Arts Society of NYC and Ford Foundation, I’ve lavishly sailed the seven seas teaching Art on the luxurious Crystal Cruises.  Being Gallery Director and Curator in the Antelope Valley for the past several years; I recently curated an exhibit art by local artist George Kalmar at the Antelope Valley College Art Gallery.  I balance my career as an artist with private and corporate painting commissions, teaching, decorative painting/murals and faux finishes, curating, printmaking and marketing her Fine Art.  Please visit my new Freemanart retail store for  products with my artwork on them.

I’m beginning a new series of private group art classes for youths and adults.  The classes are Chinese Brush Painting, All media & Catalyst for Spiritual & Emotional Healing.

The Chinese Brush Paintings will be held in the Palisades on Thursday afternoons from 3:30-4:30 beginning March 19th for $20/person.

On April 16th from 4-5pm, I will teach a free class at the Pacific Palisades Public Library, “An introduction to Chinese Brush Painting”.  The class is for youths and adults and will be limited to 20 participants.  Anyone interested in classes in painting and mixed media can contact me at 310 200-3027 or email val@freemanart.com or visit her website at www.freemanart.com.

1 Comment

  1. Valerie:

    Just checking in to see your wonderful work. Still hoping to get by the library while your exhibit is there! Most of all, it’s been great seeing you and getting to know you a bit more after all these years of mutual admiration for Alexa.

    Take care & hope to see you soon,
    Carolyn

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