Supernatural Groves: New paintings by Shelly Winifred Barger
May 5, 2018 – May 27, 2018
First Saturday Gallery Crawl: May 5, 2018; 6-9pm
Shelly Winifred Barger will have a series of paintings titled Supernatural Groves. It will be exhibited at Blend Studio during the art crawl Saturday May 5th, 2018 from 6 to 9 PM. The artist will be available on the opening night of the First Saturday Art Crawl.
I’ve been studying cathedral architecture. Growing up on an intentional community in Summertown, Tennessee called the Farm, our church was most often a meadow. My subject matter is nature on earth and nature in the universe. With the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope, we have exciting new ways to see the universe. The beauty of nature is the portal frame to something bigger than ourselves.
Painting landscapes takes me back to my childhood when I’d see the morning sun glowing through the summer leaves; that meant that the morning swim lessons in the creek wouldn’t be as chilly. In my art practice, I am seeking that magical place of connection. Last year I dreamed about a whale. It was powerful, moving the ocean rather than moving within the ocean -frightening, but exquisitely beautiful.
Painting landscapes is a meditation I offer for folks who want to live with art and appreciate beauty. I am seeking the holy art grail that is spiritual connection and want to tell the story as it unfolds.