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MARY OPATZ HERGES – ART EXHIBITION


MARY OPATZ HERGES – ART EXHIBITION


January 17, 2024 - February 29, 2024, All day


January-February 2024

Reception will be held on Tuesday, February 6 from 4-6PM.

Gallery Saint Germain

I would describe this body of work as abstract landscapes. Recently I’ve moved away from plein air painting, where I set up my French easel in a pleasing landscape and try to capture the scene in front of me. Instead of slavishly trying to document a setting by putting down the colors, details, and light I observe in nature I’m trusting my instincts to interpret the scene. The finished result may not be realistically accurate but, I feel, is more emotionally charged.
When deciding to leave out unnecessary parts, envisioning a different take on a landscape rather than copying it, and putting colors where I feel they best belong, the paintings become fresher. This move toward abstraction has allowed for much more personal expression. Giving myself the freedom to interpret a scene by using my language has opened a new world of artistic growth.
My inspiration continues to be from what I observe in the great outdoors. The changing colors and shadows, and their effect on surfaces will always be a source of inspiration. Though the final painting may not look like the scene I observe, being in the natural world gives me limitless painting ideas.
Recently, I have been doing etchings and silkscreens in the SCSU art building. The work I’m doing in printmaking is affecting the way I approach painting. I look at the interesting textures I am creating with the variety of techniques used on my etching plate and ask myself, “How do I create that on my canvases?”

This show at the Paramount gallery represents the interesting communication between my etchings and paintings.

Reception will be held on Tuesday, February 6 from 4-6PM.

Always Free to Attend. Always Inspiring





January 17, 2024 - February 29, 2024, All day

Gallery Saint Germain

912 West Saint Germain StreetSAINT CLOUD, MN 56301United States

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