Monthly Archives: November 2013

Some Fine Women at Vast Space Projects

‘Some Fine Women’ at Vast Space Projects is a robust top-grade show
Las Vegas Weekly Dawn-Michelle Baude Wed, Aug 7, 2013

The title, Some Fine Women, understates. “Many fine women” is a more accurate description of a robust multimedia show with a whopping 60-plus works by 36 artists…

Women artists, the show insists, interpret the world differently than men, whether through form, shape, color or material. The position is less accusative—men-hating feminists are so last-century—than matter-of-fact. But the message, that culturally dominant notions of beauty and behavior are the legacy of male desire, comes across explicitly in some works, or, in the case of Edith Beaucage, with a kind of fiendish joy. Although her paintings recall misogynistic portraits by Picasso and de Kooning (painterly canvases thick with contempt), Beaucage’s buxom-nosed women are light-hearted. She deconstructs the canon of female beauty with a disarming naiveté.

Mary Warner’s paintings—masterful works of waning sunflowers—take on the canon in a different way, by turning clichéd symbols of female vulnerability into botanical aliens. Warner’s florals verge on abstraction, the details functioning like theatrical microcosms where the fervid drama of creativity takes place… Read article

Fresh look…old subject Trifecta’s ‘Heavy Petals’

Mary Warner exhibit offers a fresh look at an old subject in Trifecta’s ‘Heavy Petals’

Conduct a quick and dirty survey of art history, and roughly three recurring themes bubble to the surface: mortality, the female form and flowers. A whole mess of flowers. So much so, in fact, that as a subject, the flower can seem a bit pedestrian; the phrase “over it” comes to mind. And painting? What new revelations about such a staid subject can possibly be achieved through a centuries-old medium?

You might be surprised. But in the case of Mary Warner’s Heavy Petal, opening this Friday at Trifecta Gallery, it’s not so much a question of what the painting reveals about the flower as what the flower can say about painting… Read article

A lush showing of painting

‘Women Under the Influence’ a lush showing of painting

By Victoria Dalkey – Bee Art Correspondent
Published 12:00 am PDT Sunday, July 1, 2012

“Women Under the Influence” sounds like a show about alcoholics, but the influence these women are under is the seductive qualities of paint, a lush and sensuous medium.

The women included are Mary Warner, a nationally known artist originally from Sacramento who has taught for many years at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The others are her former students Wendy Kveck and Jane Callister, both university art professors themselves, Kveck at UNLV and Callister at UC Santa Barbara.

It’s also a show about how artists influence each other. In this case, how Warner has influenced her former students and how their works relate to each other.

Warner is the old master of the group, her large-scale paintings of flowers overtaking the viewer with their sensuality. Warner’s blooms seem to reach out and envelop the onlooker. These super-close-ups compel not only by virtue of their beauty, but also by their unrestrained presence.

Warner is perhaps best known for her paintings of oversized blooms on shaped black velvet canvases. Her new works are more subdued in a way, but no less demanding of our attention.
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Women Under the Influence: Mary Warner, Wendy Kveck, Jane Callister
Jay Jay, 5520 Elvas Ave.
When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, through July 28 Cost: Free
Information: (916) 453-2999,

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Unearthly Blooms

mary-cac-3Trifecta Gallery exhibits Mary Warner’s “Heavy Petals”
Mind in Vegas 22 March 2012

It may be a spaceship, hovering over a paint-by-numbers background. Or perhaps a nebula of fireworks, caught at the exact moment of explosion before color vanishes into annihilating shadows. To call Mary Warner’s recent canvases “portraits of flowers”—or worse yet, “flower paintings”—misses the point. They are not really flowers at all… read article

Women Under the Influence

Jay Jay
June 6 through July 28, 2012

Conversations in paint with Jane Callister, Wendy Kveck and Mary Warner

l-jayjay-womenJAYJAY celebrates the hot temperatures of summer with an equally hot exhibit featuring three women artists who share similar interests in the sensuous and luxurious medium of paint. This is also an opportunity to explore the effects of inspiration, mentoring, and influence among artists who share and critique each other’s work. read article

Award for Lifetime Achievement

Mary Warner

From Contemporary Art Center (Las Vegas) blog:

mary-cac-1A recent recipient (2011) of the Governor’s Arts Award for the Excellence in the Arts Category, Mary Warner is a visual artist, educator and curator. Born and raised in Northern California, she has lived in Chicago and New York City as well as teaching at the University of Montana, Oklahoma State University and University of Texas San Antonio before finally settling in Las Vegas in 1989. She retired from her position as head of painting in the Art Department at  U.N.L.V. in 2011 and is now Professor Emeritus. Over the years she has received an N.E.A. Individual Fellowship, a Mid America Arts Alliance Fellowship and two Nevada Arts Council Individual Fellowships, as well as numerous smaller grants and awards. She is the recipient of the 2011 Governors Art Award for Excellence in the Arts. She has shown her work nationally and internationally. Mary Warner’s work has been featured in forty-three solo exhibitions nationally and she has participated in fifty-five exhibitions across the state. Her work has been exhibited widely outside the state including the Whitney Museum, The Drawing Center and the Louis K Meisel gallery in New York. In California she has shown with Sherry Frumkin Gallery (Santa Monica) Wenger, Zara and Limn Gallery San Francisco and JAYJAY Gallery Sacramento, Sandy Carson Gallery, Denver as well as being included in a number of group exhibitions in Italy and the UK.

mary-cac-3As an artist and curator, Mary Warner has been critical to the development of the local arts community. She was one of the founding members of CAC. She alternated between president and vice president in its formative years. She served for many years on the exhibition committee.