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, www.jayjayart.com

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