JGallery Exhibits Take Viewers to Texas, African Outdoors By Joanne Pelc

JGallery Exhibits Take Viewers to Texas, African Outdoors By Joanne Pelc

Artist Jeannie Breeding sharing about her work at the JGallery Reception. Credit: Joanne Pelc

En Plein Air Gives Crowd Glimpse of Outdoor Painting in Texas

More than 100 people attended JGallery's opening reception June 5, 2019 for “En Plein Air: The Art of Painting Outdoors,” an exhibit of art by four Austin area artists.

Amie Gonser, Donna Crosby, Alexis McCarthy, and Jeannie Breeding spoke about the history of the art of painting outdoors and why they choose this genre for their paintings.

They paint outdoors in an attempt to capture the light, the shadows and the ephemeral atmosphere of the scenery and objects they are portraying. Since their art is about light, which changes constantly, their works were created quickly, sometimes in Texas' hot weather, so that the light and the atmosphere could be captured before the shadows and the lighting changed. “En Plein Air” will remain in the JGallery through July 15.

Please take the time to tour the gallery until then. The gallery's next reception “Eyes on Safari” will take place Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 7 p.m.

JGallery Presents "Eyes on Safari"

From July 22, 2019 to August 26, 2019 JGallery presents “Eyes on Safari,” an exhibit that brings the viewer eye to eye with the wildlife and beauty of Africa, specifically Tanzania.

The exhibit features the pen and ink drawings of Sherry Steele, and photographs taken while on safari by Sally Sheppard and her husband, Humboldt Mandell.

Tanzania, in eastern Africa, is home to Mount Kilimanjaro and the Olduvai Gorge. Tanzania has set apart approximately 38 percent of their land in protected areas for conservation, including the Serengeti National Park.

Not only is Tanzania home to African lions, African elephants, African leopards, Cape buffalo and the black rhinoceros, it is highly biodiverse and contains a wide variety of other animal habitats. One can also find cheetahs, giraffes, baboons, hippos, wildebeests, birds, gazelles and other wildlife there, making it an ideal location for artists on safari. Just outside the game preserves lives the Masai tribe.

For many years, Sherry Steele and her husband Chuck Messer have led artists, photographers and collectors on unforgettable two-week safaris to Tanzania. She has been sketching since she was a young girl, and she was always drawn to painting animals and wildlife.

Since 1994 Sherry has been concentrating on her art and working in the unforgiving medium of permanent inks. Her work is widely displayed at African safari art shows and online. Her unique style of blending and overlaying the multiple colors that are mixed for each piece brings an unexpected depth and texture to her work, becoming almost sculptural on paper. Working from sketches done in the field, she uses animals to portray the emotions that comprise the human condition and succeeds in capturing the essence and the emotions of her wildlife subjects. She says traveling to Africa is a life-changing experience.

Sally Sheppard's bucket list always included an African safari and in 2014 and 2015 she achieved this goal by traveling to Tanzania. Both she and her husband Humboldt Mandell took photos using Nikon autofocus cameras and iPhones and cropped and edited on the camera rather than on computer.

Although she is widely traveled, having visited all seven continents, including Antarctica, she says her photo safari trip was the best trip she has ever taken. For her also, Africa was a life changing-experience.

Please join the artists at the JGallery opening reception Wednesday, July 24, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. when they will comment about their art. Light refreshments will be served. ■

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