Of Virginia Art Museum Exhibits Watercolors By Artist Karen Shea
August 18, 2004 --
WHAT: Exhibit – “The
Odyssey: Watercolors by Karen Shea”
Sept. 1 – Sunday, Oct. 17
WHERE: University of Virginia Art Museum
155 Rugby Road
Artist Karen Shea found inspiration in poetry for
her watercolors that will be exhibited at the University of Virginia
Wednesday, Sept. 1, through Sunday, Oct. 17.
Ezra Pound’s “Cantos” and
Homer’s “Odyssey,” both
works about personal journeys, Shea created watercolor paintings
rendered in cobalt and indigo blue in this exhibit, “The
Odyssey: Watercolors by Karen Shea,” curated by Eileen B.
The 22 works
of varying sizes are enveloped by both a sense of mystery and
stillness and, for the artist, exemplify the dichotomy
between today’s fast-paced world and the quietude required
in their making.
“After working in cobalt and indigo, I’ve come to
the idea that our entire lives are surrounded by blue, “Shea
cobalt blue of the day’s sky turns to indigo every night.
The more I paint with these minimal materials the more I discover
the vast complexity within simplicity.”
Shea, a Charlottesville-based
artist and teacher, studied at Cornell University, UCLA and UC-Berkeley.
Her work has been exhibited in
solo and group shows, including “IX Artists” at Les
Yeux du Monde, Charlottesville; “Watercolor, USA 1996,” Springfield
Art Museum, Missouri; and “Art as Invocation,” Peninsula
Fine Arts Center, Newport News, Va. She is a fellow of the Virginia
Center for the Creative Arts.
catalogue accompanies the exhibition, which is supported in part
by U.Va. Arts$ and private
donors. The exhibit was organized
by the Museum of Fine Arts’ Statewide Exhibitions Program
and sponsored by The Council of the VMFA.
For more information about
the exhibit or the museum, call (434) 924-3592 or visit the museum
Web site: http://www.virginia.edu/artmuseum.
Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298