Les Yeux du Monde is excited to present Susan Mcalister: Views from The Garden from August 21 to September 20 2015. There will be an opening reception with the artist on Friday, August 21 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Susan Mcalister grew up among rural Virginia’s views and vistas and credits them with her attraction to places “where tamed sophistication intersects with wild, tangled nature.” She creates lush, sweeping landscapes that hover between the imagined and the real, abstraction and representation using layers of oil paint, wax, marble dust, dirt and graphite. “What starts as a place just beyond the fence line unfolds into a moment in a metaphorical paradise,” writes Mcalister. Ranging in size from small 12 x 12” to monumental 60 x 60”, the paintings in this exhibition do indeed transport the viewer out of one’s mundane confines into more sacred paradisiacal spaces.
Although this is the first solo show of Susan Mcalister’s at LYdM, Susan has been painting for over 30 years. Born and raised in the Hunt Country of Virginia, McAlister received her BA from Davidson College and currently resides in Charlotte NC. She has studied alongside numerous acclaimed and professional artists including Herb Jackson and Eric Aho. Her works in the recent exhibition SCOPE: The Southern Landscape won a merit award from Dr. Will Smith, Chief Curator of the Columbia Museum of Art. Her work is in many important private and public collections, including most recently the University of Virginia Medical Center.
The gallery is located at 841 Wolf Trap Road in Charlottesville. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday 1 – 5 and by appointment. Call 434-973-5566 or visit the website www.LesYeuxduMonde.com