EXHIBIT DATES – August 31 – September 27, 2020
Healdsburg artist Karen A. Miller presents Composed for Solace, a collection that highlights pastel paintings created during the current pandemic and centering on subject matter from (necessarily) close to home. Earlier in the year, she began exploring post-Kincaid Fire landscapes but in March, as we all had to do, she switched gears. Every crisis changes our focus. This artist’s reaction was to look for what gives us solace, becoming more introspective and reflective - appreciating anew our most familiar surroundings. While most of her prior work was local landscapes, this newer work expands to include more interiors and figures. Miller takes the viewer on “old” paths that take on new meaning in these pastel paintings. “I like finding new delights in common everyday surroundings and translating them to a visual format. I guess one might say, a silver lining to SIP,” commented Miller.
Karen Miller has shown her work in numerous juried shows, in many Sonoma County venues as well as online. She exhibited in the prestigious Pastel Society of the West Coast and earned Signature Member status after only three years of submitting work.
Reflections of Myself
The Small Works Showcase on the stairway features Reflections of Myself by Ron Sumner, a collection of watercolor paintings that show the artist’s deep appreciation for nature, especially wildlife. Viewers are drawn to these paintings through the artist’s masterful use of the medium, spontaneous washes with just enough detail to give life to the subjects.