A painting from my archive, Echo Park XI, has been accepted into the Botanic/Organic national juried exhibition at Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights, IL. The theme of the show is “…images inspired by or derived from natural processes, structures, forms and forces. Works pertaining to plant life in all its stages and variations; organic progressions, from growth to decay; and micro- or macro- views of nature’s inherent structures all would be appropriate. References might include botany, biology, molecular and cellular biology – the natural sciences and their rules that govern the natural world. Work made from organic materials is also acceptable and encouraged.”
Since I’m a painter, I submitted a painting. But it will be fascinating to see what other artists come up with, especially in that undefined “organic materials” category!
Astute readers of this blog may remember that in 2010 I did a small watercolor version of this painting for my aunt, Maggie, who had waited patiently for years for me to honor her request! She died late last year, and I find solace in the fact that she loved her little watercolor and that the gallery also thought enough of the theme, composition and execution to include the large oil in their upcoming show. The show will run February 29-March 31.