Wild Trees: Photo Etchings and Paintings by Lynda Frese

Wild Trees: Photo Etchings and Paintings by Lynda Frese

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In this exhibition of new work, Wild Trees: Photo Etchings and Paintings by LYNDA FRESE, what links each artwork are my photographs of trees. They include portraits of trees from the dense jungles of Costa Rica, the ancient woods of northern Italy, the Grand Tetons of Wyoming, and the old-growth redwood forests of California—places I have photographed for years. But the most frequent subject is a habitat I have been photographing for over three decades: the cypress groves of Lake Martin. There is a conversation about wilderness in these pieces—the way nature speaks to us, and the recognition that our survival depends on how we listen to what she is saying.

This exhibition features photo etchings that I produced working with master printmakers at the Omega Institute (NY) and the Center for Contemporary Printmaking (CT), where I learned the solar plate process in which a negative of the photo collage is etched onto a metal plate, then inked and printed onto cotton rag paper in limited editions. For a photographic image the black-and-white etching process offers a particularly rich tonal range for the eyes.

Alongside the etchings are a selection of recent photo collage paintings which borrow from religious and mythological themes, recasting them as devotions to the environment. The color is from the egg tempera process, a painting technique from the early Italian Renaissance, an era, along with the art of prehistory, which has strongly influenced my art practice.

The exhibition will be on view February 15 - April 4 at the newly renovated Teche Center for the Arts, 210 E. Bridge Street, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. Please join us for an opening reception Saturday, February 15, 6-8 pm.

The artist will present a talk about her work, free and open to the public, at the Teche Center for the Arts on Thursday April 2, 6-7:30.

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Posted By: Teche Center for the Arts

Event Details

Date: March 30, 2020
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Teche Center for the Arts
210 E Bridge Street
Breaux Bridge LA 70517

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This is the heart and soul of the Teche Center for the Arts–to showcase, share, and preserve our unique natural resource. An important focus of the Center is to facilitate and grow Cajun and Creole culture. This then becomes the lifeblood of rural communities where children, youth, and families learn about and even expand on their language and cultural heritage. The center is literally the key that unlocks tourism, artistic support, and future tax revenue for communities with untapped potential like Breaux Bridge.

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