Kenise Barnes Fine Art
Apr. 14, 2024 - May. 16, 2012
New exhibition with portion of proceeds to benefit Arbor Day Foundation TREE HUGGER APRIL 14 – MAY 16, 2012 EMILY BROWN opening reception: GREGORY HENNEN Saturday, April 14 WENNIE HUANG 6:30 – 8:30 FRANCIS SILLS public invited AMY TALLUTO It’s hard to overstate the importance of trees. They provide shelter, refreshing shade, enduring beauty and they clean the very air we breathe. Beyond their practical use, trees stimulate the spirit and imagination, carrying deep symbolic meaning. The promise of a green bud, the sound of rustling leaves, the twisting path of a limb and the strength of a sturdy trunk inspire and renew us. Emerson, Van Gogh, Cole and hundreds of artists through history have been smitten the poetic beauty and noble spirit of trees. These five contemporary artists make us all want to hug a tree! Emily Brown lives and works in Philadelphia. She has shown extensively throughout the United States and her work is in numerous collections including Alliance Bernstein, Tokyo, The US Embassy, Kazakhstan and Farnsworth Art Museum, Maine. Gregory Hennen spends his time observing and painting his natural surroundings on Slater’s mountain in Virginia where he recently built a home and studio. References to The Hudson River School painters, Japanese wood block prints and Gustav Klimt can be seen in his highly detailed oil paintings. Wennie Huang’s white pierced paper drawings explore the structure of trees and an illusiveness of the shadows that they cast. The artist has degrees from University of Michigan and Pratt Institute. She has completed numerous site-specific works including a public art commission in 2011 in Inwood, New York on the façade of a five-story building. Francis Sills received his MFA from Parsons School of Design, New York. The artist works in the realist tradition. His paintings are dense and subtle, revealing the specific nuances of color, light, and form. He and his family recently relocated from Brooklyn to South Carolina where he has discovered the magic of the Angel Oak tree. Amy Talutto earned a masters degree from School of Visual Arts. The artist divides her time between the city and the country, with studios in Long Island City and upstate New York. We will be including both paintings and drawings by the artist in our exhibition. For more information, exhibition images or to arrange a pre-view please contact the gallery. [email protected] or 914 834 8077. April 27th is Arbor Day. Celebrate with art. A portion of all sales from this exhibition will be donated to the Arbor Day Foundation.