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Showing at City Hall!

I’m honored to show my paintings at the City of Snoqualmie, City Hall, February 19 – June 30, 2020! The title of the show is : “Painting the Snoqualmie Valley”. The public is invited to view the art at City Hall any time during the work week, Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm. If you’re in the area please stop by! There are 15 paintings in the show.

The website for the City of Snoqualmie is: http://www.ci.snoqualmie.wa.us

View of Mt Si and Snoqualmie Valley at the Golden Hour. 15 Paintings at City Hall. Valley Light is showing at City of Snoqualmie, City Hall.
Valley Light, 24 x 38, Oil on linen on panel; one of the 15 paintings in the show at City Hall!

I have lived in the Snoqualmie Valley for 26 years. My husband and I have two adult children, both raised in the Valley. We enjoy the outdoors together, hiking, biking, fishing and backcountry skiing.

My contemporary landscape paintings are praised for their evocative, timeless quality. Inspired by the rural farms and fields of the Valley, I strive to create a sense of the spiritual connection that I feel with the land.

Just like the early masters, I use my field sketches and memory to create a poetic response to the subtle beauty and peaceful rhythms of nature. The composition and geometry of spatial relationships that are presented in the landsape are always the impetus for choosing a motif. Back in the studio I may further the design with a radical simplification of the subject. The luminous surface of my paintings is derived from applying many layers of transparent and translucent paint. Through my work it is my goal to engage the viewer in a conversation about his or her own memories and experiences in nature. Read more about my painting background in my Biography: https://lollyshera.com/lolly-shera-is-praised-for-her-evocative-timeless-landscapes/

The purpose of the painter is simply to reproduce in other minds the impression a scene has made upon him (her). A work of art does not appeal to the intellect. It does not appeal to the moral sense. Its aim is to instruct, not to edify, but to awaken an emotion.

-George Inness

“Snow Day”-A Painting Story

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Snow Day, 12 x 12

This is my backyard, viewed from the studio. I feel deeply connected to our land and I love the giant cedar trees that give us green all year long. There is a spirit in this place. I remember one day, years ago, when my kids were young and I was teaching first grade at their elementary school. We woke up to a blanket of snow and school was cancelled! Everyone shouted at once, “Snow Day”! I remember that moment; of looking outside at the fresh, untracked snow, and feeling a rush of excitement! Have you ever had a Snow Day? I am grateful that Gallery Mack recently found a home for this painting! http://www.gallerymack.com

The landscape listens and we hear it call our own name.

-Emily Dickenson

Holiday Small Works Show – Wednesday, December 4th, 6-8pm – Gallery Mack

Please join me at Gallery Mack for the 1st annual Small Works Show! This exhibition features 15 Northwest artists and a variety of mediums including: glass, wood, paintings, and ceramics. Stop by for bubbly, good conversation and live music! http://www.gallerymack.com.

Here are a few of my painting in the show:

Across the Bay, 12×18
Safe Harbor, 12×18
snow, winter, landscape, oil painting, representational art, snow, shed, evergreen tree, contemporary realism,
Snow Day, 12 x 12

I came across this quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson the other day. It’s a really great interpretation of how I view my art making.

“The production of a work of art throws a light upon the mystery of humanity. A work of art is an abstract or epitome of the world. It is the result or expression of nature, in miniature… a leaf, a sun beam, a landscape, the ocean, make an analogous impression on the mind… The poet, the sculptor, the painter, the musician, the architect, seek each to concentrate the radiance of the world on the point, and each in his several work to satisfy the love of beauty which stimulates him (her) to produce. This is Art, a nature passed through the alembic of man filled with the beauty of her first works. The world thus exists to the soul to satisfy the desire of the beauty.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Anacortes Arts Festival – Art at the Port!

Saturday, July 27th, 6-9pm

nisqually wildlife refuge, dusk, landscape painting, oil painting, representational art, classical realism, contemporary landscape, tonalist painting, tonalism
Refuge At Dusk, 24 x 30
Please join me for a free evening of fine art, wine, nibbles and music! 
I hope to see you there!
Address: Port Transit Shed, 100 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes, WA
Website: http://www.anacortesartsfestival.com





You’re Invited to a Summer Soiree!

Please join me at Gallery Mack on June 22nd for a Summer Soiree! Meet the artists! Jewelry! Sculpture! Woodworks! Paintings! I have several new small works at the gallery, ranging in size from 8×10 to 7×14. Do you have a space for a tiny painting? Think about where you’d like to hang a painting in your house and measure the space before you come. I have been very busy in the studio this spring. Talk with me about your interest in art. What kind of paintings do you like? Summer soirees are fun. You can meet others with the same interests as you. Gallery Mack has some fabulous artists and they will be there to talk with you about their work. Drink a little wine and enjoy the evening! Gallery Mack is located at 2100 Western Avenue, Seattle, WA, one block north of Pike Place Market on Western Avenue. See my painting on the card below? It’s the top left corner and it’s called, Spring’s Green. Hope to see you on Saturday, June 22nd!

Artist Reception – Gallery Mack – Lolly Shera – Fine Artist

Please join me for an Artist Reception at Gallery Mack on Saturday, April 6th, 2-4 pm. I will be giving an Artist Talk to discuss my paintings at 2pm. Gallery Mack is located at 2100 Western Ave., Suite 101, Seattle, WA 98121. I hope to see you there!

Magic hour light glowing through the forest, nocturne of forest and pond
Secluded Forest, 16 x 20
nocturne with curvy tree and full moon on the lake, blue nocturne, full moon
Symphony of Night, 20 x 20
flock of birds takes flight from a field during sunrise
Taking Flight, 16 x 30

Find Lolly’s Paintings on Artsy.net!

What is Artsy.net? http://artsy.net  Artsy is an online resource for art collecting and education. Artsy is a place to explore current and past exhibitions at museums and galleries, biennials, and cultural events, and to preview international art fairs before their doors open to the public. My Seattle gallery, Gallery Mack, http://www.gallerymack.com is one of the participating galleries who represents their artists on Artsy.  I really love going on the Artsy site to read the magazine, with daily articles about art history, art news and cultural events all over the world.

You can search the site via my name, Lolly Shera or through my gallery, Gallery Mack.  Pricing is all there and it’s a very transparent process. If you are interested in one of my paintings click the inquiry link and it takes you directly to the gallery director at Gallery Mack.  Gallery Mack ships paintings all over the world.  Now my Art work is a click away!

Happy viewing!

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Sea Mist at Dawn, 18 x 36

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Mason Creek Falls, 16 x 11

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Tokul Creek, 11 x 14

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Valley Light, 24 x 38

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Seaside, 18 x 24

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Winter Moon, 20 x 16

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Tokul Creek, 11 x 14

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Mountain Creek, 11 x 14

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Refuge At Dusk, 24 x 30

Honey I Shrunk the Art! Matzke Fine Art Gallery Nov 17th-Jan 23rd

It’s that wonderful holiday time of year for Honey I Shrunk the Art!  I am delighted to participate, once again, in this annual group show curated by Karla Matzke at Matzke Fine Art Gallery on Camano Island.  I love the feeling of stepping inside her sleek barn-gallery.  With tall ceilings and many rooms to explore, you will be delighted to find a wide variety of works from many fantastic Northwest artists – all in one space!  Matzke Gallery shows both 2D and 3D art work.  After perusing art indoors, take a walk outside and explore the sculpture garden; many 3D works are set tastefully within the beautifully landscaped and wooded property.

Opening Night: November 17th, 5pm to 9pm (including a pot-luck, BYOB and party).

Show continues through January 13th, 2019.

For this show I painted a small series of Mt. Rainier (one of my favorite subjects).  I tried to show the mountain as it appears at different times of day from the vantage point at Chinook Pass.

Matzke Fine Art Galley

2345 Blanche Way

Camano Island, WA 98282

sunrise oil painting of mt rainier with sunburst sky

Mt. Rainier Sunrise, 8 x 8

oil painting of mt rainier with yellow grasses on a cloudy day

Study for Tahoma, 8 x 8

landscape oil painting of alpen glow on mt rainier with a pond in foreground

Rainier Alpen Glow, 8 x 8

oil landscape painting of mt rainier at dawn with blue sky and pink hills

Mt. Rainier at Dawn, 8 x 8

 

Artist Reception at Gallery Mack, Oct. 17th, 5-8pm!

Please join me for an Artist Reception at Gallery Mack!

Wed, October 17th, from 5-8pm

2100 Western Ave., Seattle, WA 98121

 http://www.gallerymack.com.

Artist Reception at Gallery Mack on October 17, 2018, 5-8pm, 2100 Western Ave, Seattle,l WA 98121

Fine Art River Painting – Contemporary Tonalism

Inspiration abounds in the tall green trees of this fine art river painting!  From the thick foliage of the understory up through the canopy, I look for a variety of greens and yellows in nature.  These colors help to convey a calming mood in this painting. The trees are why I live and paint in the Pacific Northwest!

My greatest influences are the artists of the American Tonalist movement. Their goal was to capture the moods and allure of the landscape.  My work is similar, in that I respond to nature on an emotional level, striving to find the spiritual qualities, or poetry, in the land.

Being outside in nature is an awe inspiring experience.  How does one respond to the beauty of the universe?  Experiencing each moment builds up a series of impressions.  Many impressions create an experience as a whole.  After visiting a scene, I  recall upon the memory of a place.  The memory filters out the most poignant elements and leaves the rest behind.   Designing a good composition for a painting is the key to success.  What I leave out is just as important as what remains. It’s an abstract step in the process, to design a painting, and I may not do an exact rendering of a scene.  As a result, my paintings become more about a feeling, and a sense of place.  How do you feel when you view this painting?

Read more about Tonalism:

If you’re interested in learning more about the American Tonalism Movement please visit: https://www.amazon.com/History-American-Tonalism-Crucible…/dp/0988902222 

The size of River Song is: 45″ x30″.  This contemporary composition is a “stand out” oil painting for any room of your home or office!

If interested in purchasing this fine art river painting please email me at the following email address:

Email : lolly@lollyshera.com

 

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River Song, 40 x 25