Forest Light: Adele Wayman

Friday, November 3, 2017
Friday, November 3, 2017 (6:00pm - 10:00pm)
Saturday, February 3, 2018
Community Gallery

Adele Wayman’s paintings reveal the techniques and nuances of her chosen medium. The artist meticulously works and reworks her canvases adding layers of paint only to scrape them off to repaint the surface again and, often, again. Wayman’s paintings can reveal two different scenes or the same scene in different light, different moods or veer toward abstraction—letting the viewer deep into the artist’s nuanced mind, as it wanders with focused attention through the seasons outside the big bay windows of her studio. As Wayman named her studio, Forest Light, so too has she titled her exhibition at the Turchin Center. Inspired by the natural world, she has chosen to live in the secluded wooded country side outside of Greensboro, NC where she honors the light through daily meditation and work in her studio.

Artist’s Statement

My house and studio are surrounded by trees. I enjoy the challenge of painting the constant shift of light, color and shadow on trunks and branches, leaves and sky, as each season comes and goes. Having painted these trees for a number of years, this past fall I began a series of paintings of “burns” in the stone fire pits in our woods. Fire transforms the wood into smoke and ash. Nothing stays the way it begins.

Nature inspires me, but so do art and art materials and paint. Sometimes I work directly from observation, and create a detailed and realistic version of what I see. Other times I want just the painterly gesture of a branch or splash of invented color or light suggested by a brushstroke or a paint stick. There is geometry in the trees, branches and shadows. Blocks of color, or the white of the canvas break up the realism of landscape space into abstract shifts of planes of color. Sometimes the forms are just drawn or suggested rather than rendered. I especially try for different degrees of finish and approach in each painting, challenging the viewer to remember that painting is a process and an illusion.

The two altars to trees and fire are intended to conjure the feeling of being in the woods, but also to call attention to the nature of nature - our love for it, our fears for its sustainability, its beauty, power and fragility. An altar is a physical manifestation of the intention to invoke, celebrate and energize.

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Adele Wayman; Large Red Japanese Maple

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Adele Wayman; John’s Walnut Tree

About the Artist

Adele Wayman is a painter and creator of installations and altars. She has received artist’s residency grants to Yaddo and Millay Colony for the Arts. There have been exhibitions of her work in NYC and Boca Raton with Bernice Steinbaum’s gallery; in DC at Gallery K and Gallery 10 and a solo exhibit at Sidwell Friends School. She was invited to show her work in Beijing, China, also in Florida and Vassar College. Her art has been widely exhibited in North Carolina in invitational and juried exhibitions.

Adele grew up in Greensboro, NC and attended Vassar College where she earned her BA, cum laude in European History. Her art studies continued at the Art Students League in New York, the Corcoran School of Art, in Washington, DC. and the Tyler School of Art in Rome, Italy. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Adele lives in the country outside Greensboro, NC where she and her furniture-making husband work in their studio, Forest Light. She has a daily Zen meditation practice and is continually expanding her vision and approach to art-making.

Adele was an enthusiastic and committed teacher, serving as the Hege Professor of Art at Guilford College for 40 years. As a young professor, she received the Excellence in Teaching Award in 1989. She retired in Spring 2014 and was awarded the Hendricks Service Award and in September 2015, received an Exemplary Educator Award from the Guilford College Alumni Association.

Related events

Nov 3 6:00pm - 10:00pm Fall Exhibition Celebration
Nov 15 6:00pm - 7:00pm ArtTALKS: Adele Wayman: Forest Light

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