BENSON – The little gallery is pleased to host “Ramble” by Lori Elliott-Bartle during the month of October. The opening reception is Friday, Oct. 2, from 6 to 9pm at 5901 Maple Street. The exhibition features paintings and handmade prints inspired by the prairie.
With academic degrees in journalism and social sciences, Lori spent nearly 15 years as a professional journalist and in higher education public relations before she began painting seriously. She has shown artwork in local cooperative and commercial galleries and has had work accepted into regional and national juried shows. Her work is in private collections across the United States and in several countries.
Below is the artist in her own words.
“Walking through waves of swaying grasses and spotting blooms of yellow, purple and white makes me feel at home. Slowing down this year and spending more time at home has allowed memories to emerge and has created space to consider ideas and pursue meaningful activities.
“Some of those thoughts have inspired pieces in ‘Ramble,’ a collection of recent works on paper. Celebrating the prairie, these paintings and handmade prints are inspired by colors and textures found in our native and restored grasslands. None are meant to be botanically accurate, but aim to evoke the motion and openness of wide meadows filled with flowers and grasses.
“Other pieces take the colors and textures into more abstract directions and are connected to subconscious and emotional states experienced while painting without specific direction, offering another way of wandering.
“All the paintings in ‘Ramble’ are made with oils mixed with cold wax medium, a combination of beeswax and resin used at room temperature. Using oils and wax together allows me to create paintings that hold depth, complexity and texture, some of the same qualities about the prairie that I appreciate.
“My painting process is physically active. I use rollers, wide blades and brushes to apply paint, then blot, scrape and carve with knives and points to reveal underlying colors. These lines and colors convey motion and emotion and remind us of the grasslands we call home.”
“Ramble” runs through Oct. 31 at the little gallery. Regular hours are Thursday and Friday from 1 to 5pm, Saturday from 10am to 1pm and by appointment. For more information, call 402.681.1901.