Art Opening at Bashford Courts: The Essence of Art

Eagle Lady Design Studio will host the opening of local artist and colorist,  Dianne Crowther’s installation at Bashford Court this Saturday (5/15) from 12pm to 6pm.

Ms. Crowther is a nationally known art teacher and her works have been published in numerous art publications.  The  show will feature 35 of the artist’s recent paintings and will run from May 15th thru  July  15th.  Ms. Crowther will be on hand to greet visitors and talk about her work.

In December 2004,  one of the artist’s hand painted ornaments was chosen to be displayed on the Official White House Christmas Tree that stood in the Blue Room of the White House.  The ornament was later added to the Smithsonian Collection.  Former First Lady Laura Bush also included one of Ms. Crowther’s paintings, the Texas Bluebell, in her private collection at the Texas “Whitehouse.”

As can be seen from the examples featured in this article,  Ms. Crowther  specializes in still life and florals in a technique known as trompe l’oeil,  which translates as “tricking the eye” by creating a highly realistic image together with the optical illusion of depth on a flat surface. Her camera-like quality is not an accident.  Most of her incredibly precise structures and coloring of flowers is taken from images first captured directly from nature by a lens.

The Saturday afternoon art show is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available and music and song will be provided by C.K. Ahlo from 4 to 6pm, in Suite 310, on the 3rd floor of Bashford Courts,  130 W. Gurley Street, in downtown Prescott.

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