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Opening Night Caryl Campbell

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Last night was the opening for the Caryl Campbell art exhibit at the Robert Graves Gallery at Wenatchee Valley College. The event was attended by a number of students, local artists and community members. John Crew shared some details with this writer regarding the art and the artist. Her work ,mostly large oils on canvas, were from appearance and John's description reworks of earlier works. The foundational paintings were landscapes that then had new work over them. The new work appeared to be large renditions of a naturalists notebook drawings, notes, quotes and musings. The perimeter of the works had the outer edges of the original works showing. An interesting idea, but without any corresponding print or photo of the original paintings or the landscapes that had been depicted, it left a quite a bit unanswered and not much there to draw from to immagine how the notebook styled paintings were related to the landscapes underneath. So; for me there was not much point really in leaving the outer edge of the original paintings showing. The notebook styled depictions of the flora and fauna of the Winthrop area was of some value, but could have used some further story or information about her experience as a naturalist in the area and how she came to do these works. Were these paintings in fact large oil renditions of notes and drawings she had done on the fly in the wild. A presentation by Caryl herself with anecdotes and some talk of her personal experience in nature as an artist/naturalist would have added something to the opening.

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