‘Tree Dreams’ opens with artist’s reception on Saturday
Artwork by landscape painter Joan Boyer is featured in a one-person show titled “Tree Dreams” in Santa Ysabel Gallery from April 5 through May 18.
A reception for the artist will be in the gallery, 30352 Highway 78, on Saturday, April 5, from 4 to 8 p.m. Admission is free and the public is welcome.
“Tree Dreams” is Boyer’s eighth show in the gallery. Many of the pieces are what the artist calls “Sunday drive paintings” — country roads, trees casting flickering shadow patterns, and a sense of serenity yet exploration. Many of the paintings in the show feature the greens and golds that celebrate the end of the day, when the birds find a place to roost.
“The land tells its best stories to a painter at this time of day,” said Boyer.
The artist is known for pioneering the use of GPS (Global Positioning System) readings to document and preserve scenic painting locations. She writes the GPS reference on the back of many of her paintings.
She began using GPS to find the same places to paint as the early California Impressionists, artists who painted en plein air during the first part of the last century. A GPS reading also could make things easier for future generations of painters, she said.
Boyer is the subject of an article on her use of GPS in painting in a 2008 issue of the Christian Science Monitor.
In addition to the artist’s reception, the gallery is open Thursdays through Mondays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, call 760-765-1676.
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