Museum to host Western landscape exhibit

Museum to host Western landscape exhibitMaturango Museum will host “Arid, Wide and Golden — Western Landscapes on Silk,” an exhibit by artist Jeanne Miller. The display will open Friday, March 9, with a reception at 7 p.m.

The artists creates scenes by brushing rich, textural French dyes onto silk. “I use black or tinted ‘resists’ to create barriers for the liquid dyes,” said Miller.

“Once the piece is completed, the colors are set chemically. The silk is then mounted onto canvas for hanging.”

The exhibit focuses on the land and skies of the American west. “My work is inspired by grand, open vistas, and I respond most strongly to big skies and distant views that are not interrupted by human presence. Fences, houses and people rarely find their way into my paintings,” she said.

“I’m inspired by real places, yet am not compelled to portray them too literally. While a viewer may recognize a certain location in a painting, my compositions and use of color are really more intuitive and emotional than realistic.

“Creating a painting is a dance between the surface of the silk, the liquid dyes, and the emotions that attracted me to a certain scene. My paintings are my impression of a place at a particular moment in time.”

She said she uses vibrant, intense color to convey the essence and spirit of a place, celebrating the drama of weather, the patterns of morning and evening light and the quality of the air itself. “I am drawn to the complex beauty, scale and serenity of the western lands and I want to share the feeling of ‘being there.’ I have succeeded if viewers look at one of my paintings and feel that they have been to that place, and can feel the dry breeze, detect the fragrance of the grasses or sense the glow of the light.”

The reception is free and open to the public. This exhibit will be on display through May 7. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pictured: Dye-on-silk landscape by Jeanne Miller

Story First Published: 2018-03-02