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The Loud Quiet

Sawyer Yards is proud to announce The Loud Quiet, an exhibition of landscape works by three Sawyer Yards artists: Kelly Best Bourgeois, Karen Lindeman, and Nena Marsh. These artists approach the subject of landscape differently, but all three create works that are capable of transporting us to another place. While static on the canvas, the scenes chosen for this exhibition resonate and vibrate with the energy and vitality of nature. Through choices in color, application, and composition, the artists hone in on the details of the moment, striking a balance between serenity and the smallness one experiences in the face of epic landscape. 

Kelly Best Bourgeois is a retired physician who developed a profound love of nature growing up in Corpus Christi, TX and experiencing the ever changing scenery and wildlife along the Texas Gulf Coast.  She has painted since childhood, but more recently began painting seriously in recent years, showing paintings in numerous exhibitions. Bourgeois' subjects are informed by her life experiences, and her love and respect for nature, leading her to often work in plein air method - painting directly in the landscape. Bourgeois works out of Studio #116 at Sabine Street Studios.

Karen Lindeman resides in Houston, Texas and Steamboat Springs, Colorado. A former accountant in the construction industry, she studied fine art at the Glassell Studio School at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston with Arthur Turner and Terrell James. After artist friend Barry Thomas introduced Lindeman to oil painting in 2010, she has never looked back. Lindeman works in watercolor and in oil, taking liberties with her scenes, shifting colors or abstracting elements to recreate her reaction to a place, rather than an "accurate" representation. She works out of Studio #217 at the Silos at Sawyer Yards.

Nena Marsh is an artist working in Houston, Texas.  She earned a B.F.A. from the University of Texas in Austin, with a concentration in photography and printmaking.  A lengthy career in commercial photography took her to New York City, Los Angeles and finally back to Houston. Marsh often works by studying photographs that she takes in places that she loves, most often the Hill Country of Texas. The paintings featured in this exhibition share the common element of truly distinctive shadows, which occasionally become the main subject, while at other times more quietly suggesting what might exist beyond the bounds of the canvas. Marsh uses yupo mounted on board, as well as other non-traditional surfaces and mark-making methods to capture the energy of a scene. Her studio is #120 at Spring Street Studios.   

Image: Reflection Mysteries, Nena Marsh