Sunday was the closing of her art show at a gallery in Scottsbluff and also her 80th birthday, and it turns out that Scottsbluff is only a 3 hour drive away, so Jerry and I hopped in the car and took a little day trip to attend.
It was a good trip and I'm really glad we went. The drive was nice, and we got to do a bunch of spousal chatting on the way there and back. In addition to catching up with the artist herself, I also got to reconnect with Gus, who I had fallen out of touch with and hadn't seen in, gosh, fifteen years or so, and his family, and Kelly too. And of course there was the art.
I really like Peg's art, and the directions it has evolved since she retired from teaching are pretty amazing. It was a retrospective, so it had pieces going back (one or two of them older than me), and it was arranged chronologically. There were also little blurbs for each piece, and it was neat to find out the stories behind each piece, including some that I had first seen in her house when I was a kid. Plus some of the stories feature people I know (including my mom), so that was fun.
I also had never known that she majored in geology in college, and after reading her biography I realized that this style of stippling and patterning she does in the ground and the sky in the paintings sometimes -- that comes from geological maps!
She often puts super-saturated colors against dark backgrounds, which creates an effect I really like. Her work really brings out the colors hidden in the landscape, and on the drive home I felt like I was looking at the landscape around us with new eyes and a better appreciation.
Also, we bought a painting! Only a little one, but I like it very much.
Pictures (just a few, highlighting some of my favorites) under the cut. Definitely click to embiggen!
I can't imagine hanging a triptych this big in my house, but I sure like looking at it.
Man do I love how the individual pastel strokes create storm clouds.
Hello Mr. Horse!
We saw sun streaming down on the drive home that reminded me of this one.
This one has that geology map thing going on.
This is one of my most favorite.
This is the one we bought! It's titled "Cat Tree." I love it.
Kelly, me, and Peg!
Me & Gus!
Oh, and here's her website: