Catch & Release: Recent Landscapes by Beverly Rhoads

Tuesday, February 10 - Friday, April 30, 2004
Artist's Statement...

en plein air
Painting Briery Creek Lake "en plein air"

"Catch & Release," an exhibition of recent landscapes by Beverly Rhoads of Farmville, Virginia, will open in The Esther Thomas Atkinson Museum of Hampden-Sydney College on Tuesday, February 10, and continue through Friday, April 30, 2004.  An artist's reception, free and open to the community, will be held on Thursday, February 12, at 4:30 PM in the East Gallery and will include a gallery talk by the artist at 5:00 PM. 

"Catch & Release" represents Rhoads' ongoing interest in contemporary landscape painting. For over twenty years she has worked out-of-doors from nature, an activity which has led her to seek out remote locales from Nova Scotia to New Mexico.  Included in this exhibition are paintings, drawings, and prints of Central Virginia, coastal Maine and the Florida Gulf Coast, all completed between 2002 and 2004. 

Rhoads' landscapes are spontaneous, energetic, and full of movement and color. The handling of paint in this work is fluid and quick. Her watercolor studies consist of saturate splashes of color, line, and plane that suggest the constant movement of light on trees, water, and land. 

Long Pond
Long Pond, Mt. Desert Island, Maine

Her larger works, which are made in the studio from these quick studies, take on a greater complexity in form as the paintings are composed of layers of thick and thin paint that represent the chaotic layering of the landscape itself. 

The scenes that capture Rhoads' attention are ones of pristine natural environments with little evidence of human presence. Working in the tradition of American landscape painters such as John Marin, Fairfield Porter, and Jane Freilicher, Rhoads focuses on making images directly from nature in order to capture the particular dynamics of each environment. Her work is neither "realistic" nor "abstract"; rather the images are distillations of her experiences created from her sense of familiarity and awe with the natural world around her. While the very concept of nature is being challenged by thoughtless human action, Rhoads offers the viewer the possibility of reconnecting with nature through the surprise and wonder of art. 

Beverly Rhoads has exhibited nationally in museums and galleries such as Blue Mountain Gallery, New York City; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA; Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL; and Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA. Last year, Rhoads' work was exhibited at the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts in Farmville and the Daura Gallery at Lynchburg College. Among her numerous awards, she has received an Underserved Areas and Artists Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, 1994; a Creative Teaching Incentive Award in the Humanities from the University of Kentucky, 1994; and full fellowship to the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1988. Rhoads' work is included in many museum and university collections throughout the Southeast. 

Rhoads earned her M.F.A. in painting from the University of Pennsylvania, 1989; and her B.F.A. from Western Carolina University, 1983. She currently serves as an Associate Professor of Art at Lynchburg College where she has chaired the Art Program for three years.   She maintains a studio in Farmville where she has lived for four years with her partner and their three dogs. 

The Esther Thomas Atkinson Museum is located on College Road at Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney, Virginia.  Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM and other times by appointment.  For more information about the museum and other exhibitions and programs, please contact Lorie Mastemaker at 434-223-6134.

Briery Creek Lake Briery Creek Lake
Briery Creek Lake Briery Creek Lake