Carolyn Lord: Cloudy With A Chance of Persimmons

Exhibits // Carolyn Lord: Cloudy With A Chance of Persimmons

Jan 3 - Mar 2

Overview // Artist Carolyn Lord will have fifteen of her watercolors and oil paintings shown in the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art’s First Gallery from January 3 until March 2, 2014. A reception and opportunity to meet the artist will take place on Friday, January 3, from 6–9 pm, in conjunction with Art After Dark.

Carolyn Lord is a vernacular artist who uses the visual motifs of a specific place and time while incorporating enduring and universal aesthetic qualities in her artwork. She finds painting in her own back yard as meaningful and challenging as when she travels to paint in a picturesque location.

Ms. Lord was introduced to the California Regionalist Watercolor tradition by James Green in the mid 1970s while attending Principia College in Elsah, Illinois. During college, she also attended watercolor workshops with Rex Brandt, George Post, and Robert E. Wood. She has been a local crowd favorite of attendees of the Museum of Art’s past Plein Air Festivals, winning Best of Show 2011.

Since 1980, she has lived in Livermore, California. The town and the adjacent landscape are not inherently aesthetic, but once she developed a familiarity of the neighborhood and observed the nuances of color and light through the year, she found potential painting motifs everywhere. When she sees scenes of unexpected grace, beauty, or amusement, she is delighted. This can be as subtle as a vista in the pink twilight; hard-edged abstract shadows in the noon-day sun; plastic flamingoes or sky-high sunflowers in a yard; or a house painted in vivid hues. Sometimes there is a subtext in her choice of subject matter or title. This is because Livermore provides an interesting history with its ranching and farming, railroads, sanitariums, post-war prosperity and the suburban dystopia that is the result of having a national research laboratory in the neighborhood.

Details // A reception to meet the artist will be held on Friday, January 3, 2014, from 6 - 9 pm in conjunction with Art After Dark.

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