Exhibitions in the Main Gallery showcase art in all mediums, as well as exhibitions featuring cultural history and science.
Printing From the Source: Foods and Flowers An Exhibition by Laura Bethmann
May 3 – June 21, 2015
“Nature Prints are direct impressions of life. Fresh plants, fruits and vegetables are carefully inked and printed by hand on paper to reveal their life-size forms, unique characteristics and textures.
This uncomplicated, ancient technique provides the groundwork for my mixed-media nature print paintings. The energy and depth of the nature prints are amplified with the inclusion of watercolor washes or colored pencils. Subjects in a composition that don’t lend themselves to being printed, such as tomatoes, are hand drawn, then painted.
I primarily use Arches, Rives and herbarium papers, Graphic Chemical oil-based water-soluble inks, Winsor & Newton watercolors, and Prismacolor pencils.
My nature print paintings are about garden variety and food for thought.Beauty in Nature, especially the botanical world, is what gets me going and keeps me moving. Once I start printing it’s hard to stop, so I usually work on several compositions at a time. No two are ever the same.” -Laura Bethmann