I’m excited to announce I’ve been creating on a new body of work. This series of introspective, nature based watercolor paintings includes the piece Red Bamboo.
Now you can see this painting in person at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago. The gallery selected my painting to appear in its annual Small Works holiday show, which opens Saturday, November 26.
Opening Reception: Nov. 26 – Join Me There!
Please join me for the opening reception, which I will attend!
The reception will be held Saturday, November 26, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Admission is free, always, at Woman Made Gallery. The gallery is located at 2150 S Canalport Ave., #4A-3, Chicago, IL 60608.
Show Runs Nov. 26 – Dec. 17
My watercolor painting will be among nearly 150 works by 116 artists featured in the Small Works Members Show, which runs from Saturday, November 26, through Saturday, December 17.
Besides paintings, the show presents drawings, prints, and photographs as well as 3D pieces such as jewelry, sculptures, and ceramics.
Everything in this “small works” show measures no larger than 16 inches on any side, making these works perfect for holiday buying and giving. All pieces are priced in a range from $50 to $300.
Three Receptions: Nov. 26, Dec. 10, Dec. 17
During this festive season, Woman Made Gallery will join in the joy with three special receptions, including the opening on Nov. 26:
- Saturday, Nov. 26, 4 – 7 p.m.: opening reception
- Saturday, Dec. 10, 2 – 4 p.m.: member/volunteer appreciation party
- Saturday, Dec., 17, 2 – 4 p.m.: artists walkthrough
I will attend the opening as well as the other events. I hope to see you there!
About Red Bamboo
I created Red Bamboo in watercolor on paper. It’s part of a new collection of watercolors I’ve been developing over the past couple years.
During this period, I have returned not only to watercolor painting but to the Asian papers I have loved for many, many years. The papers appear translucent and delicate, yet they’re surprisingly strong, almost fierce in their ability to hold together and stretch and flatten as part of the mounting process. Once mounted, the paintings can last for centuries when framed and well cared for.
I painted Red Bamboo on a traditional Chinese paper, which loses its perfect flatness when it comes in contact with water, becoming puckered or wavy or even wrinkly. Completing the painting means using a special process to re-dampen the painting with a water based paste in order to mount it to a second piece of paper and ultimately re-flatten the mounted painting as it dries.
It’s a magical process and can be unpredictable, much like kiln firing in pottery. So it was a joy to see Red Bamboo finished and properly mounted.
The painting depicts a traditional subject, bamboo stalks and leaves, in a non-traditional way by using red paint instead of ink or typical greenish paint colors. I wanted the painting to be different and to carry red’s qualities of passion, sacrifice, and spiritual attainment.
Although the red can appear energetic, the painting overall carries a sense of stillness and peace.
Visit Woman Made Gallery
Woman Made Gallery is located at 2150 S. Canalport Ave., #4A-3, Chicago, IL 60608.
To enter the building once you arrive, dial 354 at the main entrance off the parking lot. To contact the gallery, call 312-738-0400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regular gallery hours are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.
Kathy Weslock says
Congratulations Anne! Beautiful work! Have a great Thanksgiving 😘
Anne Nordhaus-Bike says
Oh Kathy, thank you so much! Great to hear from you – and have a happy Thanksgiving!