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Karen Silve at Georgetown Spring Art Walk April 17

Join art lovers at Georgetown's Art Walk on Book Hill on April 17th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

At Susan Calloway Fine Arts Gallery, see Layered Memories: The In-Between, Karen Silve's new work filled with the sensations of spending five weeks at her family home in northern Provence. Transport yourself with her impressions of swimming in the gentle Mediterranean, strolling around old town Nice, hiking through the sublime gorge of Verdon and driving north along the Durance river into the clear sky of the Hautes-Alpes all influenced these new, lush abstractions.

As elegantly described by Peter Frank, Associate Editor of Fabrik Magazine and art critic for The Huffington Post, Silve takes "cues from C├ęzanne no less than from De Kooning, from Marin no less than from Mitchell, Silve embraces a history of modernist mark-making in order to respond adequately to a world of colors and volumes and temperatures. Without painting landscapes or still lifes, Silve is still a painter of space and the things it contains. She takes inspiration from the places she inhabits and the objects and events she witnesses to "charge" her art. Her paintings do not describe or even suggest her surroundings so much as taste of them. We come away from Silve's canvases less with an idea of what the Pacific Northwest or the south of France looks like than with a feel of, and for, northern Oregon and the Mediterranean interior, perhaps in the same painting ... Silve's painting, however, is not simply about nature, but is natural, the way Monet's and Mitchell's is. Like those imposing predecessors, Silve is not content to reflect, but must embody, observation and sensation in her work."

Susan Calloway Fine Arts Gallery is located at 1643 Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown.