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2020 Conservatory Art Displays
April 5–May 29
Public Reception: April 5, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
The botanically inspired paintings of Dannon Schroeder have been described as joyfully energetic and intensely dramatic expressions of the natural world by viewers, collectors and gallerists alike. These works are created with an underlying connection to the natural world through cultivation, propagation and care of botanical species by the artist. Themes consistent within this eco-abstract style range from natural preservation and conservation to environmental growth and development. The range of color and form are expressive, exaggerated and defy any particular reference to species. These works are painted in a multi-axis orientation that allows the owner to rotate the canvas, alter their perception of imagery and possibly discover new life forms.
Emily Simpson: Fossil Vitra
Public Reception: August 9, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
In the last 20 years, Emily Simpson began her work as a glass artist making jewelry and has since explored techniques with a larger kiln. Most of her work is now kiln formed and includes various techniques of adhering dried plant specimens and softening glass edges to produce functional art pieces. The exhibit of Botanicals in Glass was first dubbed “Fossil Vitra” by Paul Tarlow of Helios Glass Studio in Austin, TX. Having been a plant enthusiast all her life, Emily says this way of making glass art is her favorite and is also a great way to exercise her green thumb! Emily’s next adventure in glass will be deep “bas relief” dry plaster casting. She will also be conducting classes in kiln forming at the new home studio she shares with fellow artist and husband Greg Duncan in Fort Wayne. By sharing her work, Emily hopes to inspire people to look more closely at the world around them as a reminder of the beauty found there.