OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLHOMA---In October, JRB Art at the Elms Gallery will showcase landscape paintings by B.J. White and landscape tapestries by Michi Susan. White’s work is focused on the exploration of the complexity of issues involved in natural habitats, land development, and our use of the environment. Starting with only a thin layer of color, White transmits emotionally and politically charged ideas, such as urban sprawl, to canvas. Her “Habitat” series not only explores the demise on one habitat for the construction of another, it examines the value man places on our environment while paying attention to the multiple layering of color, image, and texture which she interrupts with repetitive shapes or marks that represent the staccato rhythm of life. An Oklahoma native, White was awarded an MBA from the University of Oklahoma.
Michi Susan’s colorful mixed media “Landscape Tapestries” are mounted on canvas. Each tapestry is a blend of the delicate, the bold, and the detailed all combined in an extraordinary way. Using exotic papers and materials from around the world as well as found objects found locally, her work captures the mind and the eye of the viewer. Susan was born in Tokyo, Japan, but has made Oklahoma her home for over a quarter of a century. Educated at Japan’s Women’s University and Hosei University, Susan is well known internationally for both her creation of art and her support of the arts and artists.
Joining White and Susan in October is Holly Wilson’s solo exhibition of intimate bronze, mixed-media, and encaustic relief sculpture which are inspired by her Delaware and Cherokee heritage. Her cast of characters can stand alone or speak to each other, intertwining fragments of nature, culture, and family. Wilson has a BFA in Ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute, a MA in Ceramics and an MFA in Sculpture from the Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.
For the 10th consecutive year, JRB Art at The Elms will also feature masks by leather artist, Patrick Riley. In this year’s show, “Silver Faces,” Riley demonstrates a double layered effect incorporating leather and silver lame in his sculptural masks. Riley, who has been a popular artist and art educator for over 50 years, has had his work featured at the “Firebird” ballet at Kennedy Center in Washington and last year designed a mask for Lady GaGa which was worn in her performance at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City.
JRB Art at The Elms presents a diverse roster of emerging, established, and internationally exhibited artists who create a wide range of media including: paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, glad, fine crafts, functional objects, fiber art and photographs. This 8,000 square foot award-winning gallery in Oklahoma City’s Paseo Arts District changes its exhibits monthly in a gracious environment that fosters a dialogue between the arts and the larger community while providing quality art for first time buyers as well as individual, corporate and museum collections.
JRB Art at The Elms, the former home of Nan Sheets which was built in 1920, is located at 2810 North Walker and is open Monday-Saturday, 10-6, and Sunday 1-5.
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