2019-02-08 Flourish

2019-02-08 Flourish

Feb. 8, 2019

Jessica Mongeon’s inspiration comes from the Ozark-St. Francis National Forest and Petit Jean State Park in Arkansas. She creates her paintings on stone paper, an eco-friendly tree-free material made of calcium carbonate and resin. She says, “I hope that by capturing the unique landscapes of these protected natural areas, I will have encouraged people to support policies which fund their protection and to oppose decisions which may threaten them.”

Cara Sullivan’s recent paintings pay homage to the overgrowth. Her spray painted surfaces reserve attention for the cast-aways: the uncultivated blooms of common weeds. She says, “More than a nod to the lowly weed, these paintings are for me a meditation on the irreverent, persistent nature and joy of rebellion.”

This exhibit is organized in collaboration with the Arkansas Arts Council, a division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

Flourish will run in the Trinity Gallery for Arkansas Artists from February 8 to April 7, 2019.

Images: The Grotto (detail) by Jessica Mongeon. Acrylic on stone paper. Musk Thistle by Cara Sullivan. Acrylic, spray paint and oil on cut paper.

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Flourish: Jessica Mongeon and Cara Sullivan