The Sandzén Gallery’s spring exhibitions present paintings by Jacklyn Garlock, Clear Lake, Iowa, paintings and ceramics by Dale Hartley, Emporia, and watercolors by Susan Lynn, Kansas City, Mo.
The spring exhibitions open Tuesday and continue through June 23, with a closing reception on from 2 to 4 p.m. June 23. Works from gallery collections will include oils watercolors and prints by Birger Sandzén and prints by members of the Prairie Print Maker Society.
Intense color and dominant imagery are the main elements of Garlock’s Words I Know the Songs To.
Her paintings voice a physical need for strong primary color, and images that are in your face. They are bold with subjects that are larger than life.
“They are art that speaks for itself and knocks your socks off. My figures are snapping their fingers and having a good time and are in complete control. They know how to laugh. I am serious about what I do but never take myself too seriously,” Garlock said.
Jacklyn’s art is representational — at a glance each composition looks as though she may have captured a second in a time, in a life. The end result of this thoughtful direction is the expression of her ideas in a face that is instantly recognizable even to a less discriminating viewer. Images are straight forward, no questions, no deep thoughts and no hidden meanings. This gives the viewer the opportunity to appreciate the work from his or her point of view, applying their own idea as to the meaning or story found in the images.
Garlock’s paintings represent a change from being a printmaker for 30 years. A 1973 B.A. graduate of Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo., Garlock taught junior high and high school art in Iowa from 1973 through 1975 before becoming a self-employed commercial artist. Her commercial venue was a silk screen business producing commercial garment prints. Serigraphs and graphics became the center of her studio work until returning to painting in 2000.
“Hang 10,” included in this exhibit, is a series of paintings depicting people in and about the Historical Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. Garlock calls the group ‘Hang 10’ a brief flicker into the Moon Doggie Surfer lingo and because there are 10 paintings—hanging. The Surf’s claim to fame is, of course, the last concert played by Buddy Holly, ‘The Big Bopper’ and Richie Valens, who died tragically in a plane crash following the show. The Surf Ballroom and many other similar ballrooms across the Midwest were hosts to all of the big name bands from Glen Miller to Santana, from Tommy Dorsey to Roy Orbison.
Page 2 of 3 - Before bands played to stadium crowds, they toured the rural Midwest going from ballroom to ballroom. The Surf in Clear Lake is still operating as it always has. It was restored in 1994 and is now a museum with both state and national registry recognition and in 2009 was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of fame’s Landmark Series”
Dale Allison Hartley
Studio artist Dale Allison Hartley’s exhibition Prairie Vision reflects an acquired sense of the spaciousness and an appreciation of the simplicity of the prairie. Her paintings and clay terra cotta and earthenware vessels reveal closeness to the prairie.
Early Spring, a painting in the exhibition, reminds her of a hike with her husband to the Tall Grass Prairie National Preserve near her Emporia home. Standing on a tall peak in the Flint Hills was a wide open spacious experience. The once rolling ancient sea bed meets the sky in the painting.
Hartley’s clay vessels are hand-built from clay slabs, rolled by hand and subtly textured with sands the Hartleys have collected from travels. Clay slips glazes and enamels are added for color and effects. The kiln’s firing atmosphere brings out the colors and leaves the effects of the firing.
“There is much trial and error in the process of making things from clay. Over the last 40 years I have developed techniques and am still challenged. The work ‘Clay Vessel with Brushwork and Spots’ is a lively form. Formed from two draped clay slabs it survived quite nicely,” Hartley said.
Susan Lynn, a Kansas native received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Kansas State University and worked for 15 years as an architectural illustrator before transitioning to landscape painting. Her gallery exhibition, Watercolors of the Prairie, represents painting trips back and forth through the Flint Hills of Kansas and trips to Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. Her present focus is the landscape of the American West.
“I am captivated by the interplay between the land, the light, and wide open spaces,” she said. “I enjoy exploring the expressive use of color to establish an emotional resonance with the viewer. The majority of the paintings in this exhibit are of Kansas with the Flint Hills region playing the starring role.”
The watercolor Morning Warmth resulted from a fall weekend paint-out with a group of about a dozen artists at the Flying W Ranch in Chase County. She spent four days painting the beauty of the area from dawn to dusk, gathering each evening for a communal meal and to share the day’s work.
“In the very cool early mornings, as the sun would peek over the hills and burn off the mist from the fields, the horses (and the artists) seemed to move at a slower pace until the sunlight had a chance to sink in and take off the chill,” she said, remembering her Flint Hills fall weekend. “There are two aspects of the prairie that always captivate me: the enormous dominating presence of the sky and the grand play of light and cloud shadows across the land. The normal color of the prairie grasses are mostly green and tan, but in these and many other of my paintings, I explore the beautiful color variations one finds there with shades of red, purple and yellow.”
Page 3 of 3 - Paintings by Lynn have received awards in numerous regional and juried exhibitions. She is a signature member of the Kansas Watercolor Society, the Missouri Watercolor Society and a charter member of the Missouri Valley, Impressionist Society.
The artist membership list of the Prairie Print Maker Society includes the names of many of the foremost printmakers in America during the middle part of the twentieth century. The gallery’s exhibit of prints, which were mostly collected by Birger Sandzén are by active and charter members of the society.
At one time the invited active membership of this Kansas organization consisted of as many as 100 artists from throughout the United States and Canada, including John Taylor Arms, Gene Kloss, Ernest Watson, Luigi Lucioni, Birger Sandzén, Robert von Neumann, Clare Leighton, Doel Reed, Levon West, Peter Hurd, Kenneth Adams, William Rice, Howard Cook and Maynard Dixon.
Several prints in the exhibit are annual gift prints produced by a member of the organization.
Birger Sandzén produced the first of 34 gift prints, a lithograph titled Kansas Creek in 1931.