521 E. Lawther Dr., Dallas, Texas 75218 • White Rock Lake
Gallery Viewing Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 12-6 PM. Appointments are not required.
Through My Garden’s Gate – Paintings by Susan Lecky
Exhibition Dates: June 8-July 17, 2021
Given the current constraints of the pandemic, an opening reception for this exhibition has not been scheduled.
Susan Lecky’s meticulous inspection of the patterns that are found in nature provide the inspiration for her lively paintings. She is particularly fascinated by the interaction of abstract designs from nature with forms and shapes that were made by humans. Describing the way in which her spontaneous shapes combine with the organizational lines and grids that she often uses to create a rich and enthralling composition, Susan states: “The geometric divisions become architectonic forces that push back and then forward on or amongst the patterned surface of the canvas. Thus, a delicate interrelationship is established between the structured and organic elements which I hope will cause a dialogue between myself and the viewers.”
The artist understands that the public sees her paintings in accordance with their personal perspectives. Of these different interpretations of her work, Susan says: “The personalized, natural forms in these paintings hint at something real, but are not. Therefore, the viewers, with their own background of visual experiences, will be sparked to associate memories and feelings with these shapes that are meaningful to them.” She adds: “I present, through form and color, my feeling about man and nature, and the viewers are stimulated to bring, due to their own sensibilities, additional interpretations to these relationships.”
Susan Lecky has exhibited her artwork in multiple venues in the U.S. and Europe. She has curated multiple exhibitions for the Bath House Cultural Center and the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture that showcased the works of prominent artists from the DFW area.
Captivating Beauty: Art by Rebecca Guy
Exhibition Dates: June 8-July 17, 2021
Many hearts were saddened in May of this year upon hearing of artist Rebecca Guy’s passing. This exhibition is an attempt to collectively celebrate the artist’s life and her artistic gifts. Given the current constraints of the pandemic, a public opening reception for this exhibition has not been scheduled. Family and friends of the artist will host a private reception in June.
Rebecca Guy realizes that almost any type of material (even those that are often discarded or labeled as unusable) has the potential of becoming a precious element of a work of art. Rebecca enjoys exploring the possibilities of those materials and often finds herself collecting pieces of paper, old prints, rubber stamps, antique toys, pressed plants, metal, and other found objects. As it is common with some creative people, Rebecca’s source materials are extensive and highly eclectic.
Spontaneity and adaptability are two defining elements in Rebecca’s creative process. According to her own statement, she rarely plans a collage or painting to the last stroke; instead, she begins working with an initial simple sketch or fragment that, little by little, begins developing and transforming itself, in reaction to the way the materials are reacting and the ever-evolving narrative in the art. What appeared to be plain and unadorned in the beginning, slowly becomes rich in texture and content. She describes the process this way: “The surfaces of my work have complexity and intricate detail, evolving layer by layer, constructed as carefully as a spider’s web. Multiplicity of texture and pattern energize the surface.” She also adds: “I bring all of my disparate materials together to create a dynamic, powerful image that resonates with the spiritual. My work is a kind of reverse archaeology where secrets and mysteries are hidden within the layers of my collages.”
In Rebecca’s work, the viewer finds the symbols from various religions, echoes of anthropology and psychology, and hints from diverse literary sources. She admires Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell as well as the Magic Realist writers and Surrealist artists of Latin America. She admires many painters of the past (Klimt, Schiele, Redon, Matisse, Chagall) as well. As an artist, she assimilates all of those influences as a part of her thought process, unconscious and instinctive.