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Blackbridge Hall, GCSU Museum present 'Paintings'

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POSTED: August 4, 2008
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Blackbridge Hall, GCSU Museum present 'Paintings'

large photo Blackbridge Hall Art Gallery and the GCSU Museum present the Frances de La Rosa’s exhibition: ‘Paintings.’

The exhibition co-sponsored by Arts Unlimited will be displayed Aug. 18 through Sept. 12 at Blackridge Hall Art Gallery and Aug. 18 through Oct. 2 at GCSU Museum.

The opening reception will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28 at GCSU Museum and at 5 p.m. at Blackbridge Hall Art Gallery. The artist talk will be held at 6 p.m. at Blackbridge Hall.

Courtney S. Mims, GCSU senior Museum Studies art major and curator of the exhibition, worked with Frances de La Rosa, Professor of Painting at Wesleyan College in Macon, to develop an exhibition that showcases de La Rosa’s abstract landscape paintings.

Frances de La Rosa’s compositions are rendered with numerous layers of brush strokes that shift from recognizable scenery to non-representational textures, patterns, shapes, and lines that alludes to nature. Nature provides the artist with endless themes for artistic expressions. As a result she has selected and simplified while working with a subject matter full of vast resources.

The theme focuses on the creative energy found in visualization and the power of nature. Displaying diverse patterns, imagery, and stories, the subject matter comes from the stimulations of life, anything that she has seen in the real world and the inner world of her imagination.

"Through the years, I have explored the genre of ‘Landscape’ through various visual means,” de La Rosa said. “Horizon lines have come and gone, the sky has been at the top of the canvas and then at the bottom, and now little remains that is a recognizable reference. An occasional leaf shape, a blade of grass, or a bare branch may float in a sea of short vertical brush strokes, or there may be nothing more than those brush strokes. The paintings are extreme in their simplicity; [they are] references to a sensual memory of place.”

For more information contact gallery director Carlos M. Herrera at 478-445-7025.

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For more information, contact Judy Bailey in University Communications at (478) 445-4477.