Current art exhibit is “Finite and Alive”

On Saturday, August 15, a reception was held for the artist Rebecca Clark and her drawings, Finite and Alive.

Against the background of a beautiful native plant flower arrangement and a delicious spread of yummy food and wine, the public was treated to an up-close and personal opportunity to get to know Rebecca and to inquire about her style, technique, and the message behind her work.

The drawings in the gallery, on view through October 2, invite the viewer to examine closely the beauty and mystery of the vibrantly alive and the spirit that lingers after the death of a creature.

Using graphite, watercolor, and colored pencils, her delicate yet strong portrayal of birds, oysters, a deer, a fox, and other environmental subjects was inspiring to both artists and non-artists.

Kestrel 1 (Again, Alive, for Richard Skelton), graphite on paper, 16

Kestrel 1 (Again, Alive, for Richard Skelton), graphite on paper, 16″ x 20″

Reynard, graphite on paper, 30

Reynard, graphite on paper, 30″ x 22″

Oyster 11, graphite, colored pencil, watercolor pastel and oil pastel on paper, 11

Oyster 11, graphite, colored pencil, watercolor pastel and oil pastel on paper, 11″ x 14″

Rebecca, late for having been caught in a Bay Bridge back-up, entered the gallery smiling and relaxed, to applause from us all. She made herself available to her friends and new folks who sought to connect with her and her work.

The underlying message, a ‘memento mori’ that all of life is transient, emphasizes, in her words, “the interconnectedness in nature and our loss of connection  with the sacred.”

Treat yourself to this show and be drawn into a quiet and introspective investigation of the creatures we share this planet with in various stages of their life cycles.  And check out her very lovely website for even more of this artist’s inspiring vision.

by Anna Harding
Arboretum docent, Maryland Master Naturalist

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