Inspired by the bold, graphic lines of American expressionists Robert Motherwell and Franz Kline (ca. 1940-60s); and steeped in the palette and organic architecture stylized by Frank Lloyd Wright and paralleled in her Oakwood home, Susanne Scherette King‘s abstract shapes, dynamic brush strokes, tones and textures are visual poetry.
DVAC’s solo exhibition of Dayton-based painter, Susanne Scherette King is on view November 7 through December 27, 2014 King’s work was selected for solo exhibition amongst 120 applications for DVAC’s 2012 Biennial Call for Exhibitions.
Born and raised in Indiana, with a B.A. from Valparaiso University (IN) and an M.S. in Education from University of Dayton, she’s been a resident of Oakwood since the early 1980s. She found her creative outlet in garden design and began painting seriously in 2004 while teaching writing at Oakwood Junior High. She quickly reached a level of accomplishment leading to shows in Dayton and Columbus in 2009 and Philadelphia in 2010. Her work was briefly interrupted by a serious automobile accident in the Fall of 2011 and subsequent illness. Remarkably, however, the work displayed in this show, as well as other large-scale work, was produced predominantly from the Summer of 2011 to the present, during what was supposed to be a period of rest and recovery.
She says of how she approaches her canvas: “Each canvas is approached without any preconception. Color evokes emotion; emotion evokes color. The creative-process used on these paintings involves continual change, moving through layers and layers of color and medium. This process evolves into an expression of translucent, organic form. Like nature, sometimes the elements have a life of their own. Paint, water, and oil mix and create a synergy emerging on the canvas.”
The Opening Reception is November 7, 5-8 p.m. and is free and open to the public. King will be giving a fee Gallery Talk on December 11, at 6:15 p.m. The exhibition runs through December 27.
The Presenting Exhibition Sponsors are Jon & Diana Sebaly; Exhibition Partners are Bill & Mary Koch; and Education & Public Program Sponsors are Dr. Bob Brandt, King Orthodontics and Michael E. Peters, Esq.
The Dayton Visual Arts Center provides art for the community and a community for artists. DVAC receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council, Culture Works, Dayton Power & Light Foundation, Montgomery County Arts & Cultural District, the Virginia W. Kettering Foundation; Community Partner Members Houser Asphalt & Concrete, LWC Inc., Mousaian Oriental Rugs and Premier Health; and Members.
DVAC is located at 118 N. Jefferson St in downtown Dayton. Ample metered parking; free after 6pm and on weekends. Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-6pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.