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Still Life - Fast Moving

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This February, Paseo Originals Art Gallery is featuring the soothing natural scenes of Mary Bechtol's exquisite oil on canvas paintings and the earthy slab built ceramic vessels of Jane Turnbull. The "Still Life – Fast Moving" Exhibit will be on display throughout the month of February from the 2nd – 26th. The artists will be in attendance during the opening reception to be held the evening of Friday, February 3rd from 6-10pm during the First Friday Artwalk on Paseo. Attendees will experience great art, live music provided by Sonder Music, a wine bar, complimentary refreshments and hor d'oeuvers. The reception will also feature a one night only trunk show highlighting the high fashion jewelry designs of Zeke and Marty Zewick. This reception is free and open to the public. The artists, Bechtol and Turnbull, will discuss their history and artistic process during an artists lecture the following Saturday, February 4th at 1pm. The exhibit will culminate with a Cocktail Closing Reception to be held Saturday, February 25th, 2012 6:30-9 pm.

Mary Bechtol is an accomplished artist and prolific painter who works from her home studio on a farm in Canyon, Texas producing large powerful expressions of nature. Bechtol says of her work, "I grew up on the Southern Plains, moving frequently. There isn't much to look at on the Plains, but with each family move I began to notice subtle differences in the landscape. I saw varying shades, hues, and tones, and how the colors changed with the differing light. Most of my landscapes begin en plein air. I give the viewer barely enough information to recognize a location, the greater focus being on the push and pull of color which gives each piece its depth. Since we were always moving, I saw the landscape in motion. Thus I begin each canvas with a sketch usually done in black with large fluid motions to depict how the landscape looked from the back seat of the car as it tumbled past me. These fluid lines depict that movement, and I leave some of these lines visible in the finished painting because they evoke the excitement and adventure I felt as a child."

On display in Jane Turnbull's studio is a license plate from Ontario, Canada. Although she was born and raised in Oklahoma City, her marriage at a young age took her to Canada as a landed immigrant. In 1996, Jane left the fast paced Toronto and gladly returned to her native Oklahoma. After returning to her red dirt home, Jane honed her hand-building skills in Oklahoma City receiving instruction from a variety of well respected artists, and with their one-on-one mentoring, Jane's style and enthusiasm for art accelerated. When asked about her work, Turnbull says, "A glimpse into my passion is to see me working in the garden or in my studio. In both places, I have my hands in the Earth. My designs are original. Each piece is built using flat slabs of clay. I visualize the finished 3-D art and sketch the design. Next is determining the dimensions for the structure. I then cut out patterns in the clay slab and hand-build the form by connecting all the parts. My ceramic shapes are made with numerous pieces of clay."

Paseo Originals Art Gallery is a private fine art gallery located in the Historic Paseo Arts District at the south end of Paseo Creek. Focusing on contemporary fine art, fine craft Americana, handcrafted jewelry and large scale sculpture the gallery represents established, mid-career and emerging artists of exceptional caliber. With one of the largest spaces in the Paseo District the gallery hosts monthly exhibits defined in three gallery exhibit spaces featuring both national and international artists who exemplify the unique characteristics of a collectable fine artist. Showcasing ingenuitive and technically evolved artworks, Paseo Originals is dedicated to the beginning and established collector. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 11am – 6pm Saturday from 11am – 5pm and Sunday from 1pm – 5pm. Paseo Originals Art Gallery is located at 2920 Paseo Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73103 and can be reached by phone by calling 405.604.6602. For more information on gallery events please visit the Paseo Originals website at www.PaseoOriginals.com.

Still Life - Fast Moving

Feb 2 – Feb 26, 2012