THE Betsy Lueke Creative Arts Center Gallery, the municipal gallery of Burbank, California is proud to present this July, artist Lynda A. N. Reyes in her the solo exhibition in oil and watercolor.
The exhibit, which will be held at the BLCAC Gallery at 1100 West Clarke Avenue, will highlight her watercolor and oil paintings that have been featured in museum exhibits in California, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Montana and in national juried shows in Berkeley, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Burbank, Sherman Oaks, Tarzana, Sta. Monica, Glendale, Brea in Orange County and in international shows in Kentucky, Canada, Maryland, Wisconsin, Colorado and New York.
Paintings that have given her recognition, as well as her new works, will all be on view from July 6 to 26. The exhibit will be begin with an opening reception on the 6th of July from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
According to art pundits, Lynda’s paintings succinctly speak to all who see it. Her paintings are highly representational and yet they invite the viewers to ponder.
“The subjects of my paintings ‘reach’ out of the two-dimensional plane to make contact with the viewers. I aspire to create representational imagery that triggers a lasting smile, a longing to look and think. Through my art, I want to interact with my viewers and to share with them what I have experienced as Lynda, a mother, a wife, a friend, and a cancer survivor. When the viewers participate and feel with me what I have gone through and is still is going through in my daily life, only then can I say my painting is done! I believe that the appreciation of art is a very personal response to creative work and that as an artist I strive to engender this response in my viewers. My hands, mind and heart all work in unison to spark the awe the viewers experience in their initial encounter with any of my artworks,” Reyes said.
The observers further said her scene paintings, whether big or small, are almost hypnotic. As the painting lures its viewers to a deep contemplation of the subject, the viewers unconsciously participate in the creative process. They relate to the scene depicted and at the same time imagine themselves participants in that moment, time and place. Her participatory approach in her paintings is indeed effective.
In one of her later oil paintings, Lynda said “there is great deal of loneliness waiting to erupt in me. The ‘LACMA: Inside Looking Out’ is me. I find myself inside and always looking outside. As I reach out from the darkness of the inside and looking into the brightness of the sunlight outside, I realize I can only remain inside and merely look outside. I continue to see myself in the dark but I always aim for the light. There is always light outside!”
As one will note in this Solo Exhibit, her watercolors are most fascinating and just simply captivating. The challenge to render in transparent watercolor a simple or complicated subject using one of the most difficult and unforgiving media in the visual arts is indeed Lynda’s expertise. The swift, fluid and spontaneous brush strokes combined with the detailed meticulous rendering of human figures highlighted by brilliant colors draw attention to the otherwise subtle content of her paintings.
This style is seen in watercolors of urban landscape such as “Walking Along Venice Beach.” It is a peaceful day at the Boardwalk at Venice Beach in LA in California. The viewers are reminded of that lively side of Venice that can ignite ones creativity, spirit, fun, laughter and curiosity.
In another painting, “Colorful Escapade,” a nice, inviting late night walk through colorful Fremont in Las Vegas is just simply alluring to see.
Reyes, whose expertise include other art mediums, not just paintings; maintains her studio and gallery in Glendale, California.
She is an art historian, author and educator who has served as Juror for a national exhibit “Passion for Pigment” held at the San Fernando Valley Arts and Cultural Center and as Panelist/Judge for the Diamond Awards for the City of Glendale, and for the Visual Arts Grants Category for the City of Los Angeles.
Reyes has taught Art History at Glendale College, Santa Monica College, Pasadena City College, East LA College and Rio Hondo College and as a California Arts Council grant artist, she was a resource person for the visual arts for the Glendale Unified School District.
She is also known in the international academia for her book “The Textiles of Southern Philippines” and for her published studies in Philippine ethnic art.
Reyes has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree major in painting from the College of the Holy Spirit in the Philippines and took graduate studies on Philippine art history at the University of the Philippines. She is one of the 48 recipients worldwide of an International Fellowship Award from the American Association of University Women while pursuing her MA in Art History from Northern Illinois University.