September 30, 2013
Filed Under Featured Artists
Phyllis Shafer’s “Beneath One Sky” exhibition of new paintings catalogs her observations of the Sierra Nevada Mountains – from Yosemite to Lake Tahoe.
Escorted into remote spots in the Sierra Mountains with the aid of pack mules and knowledgeable friends to guide her, Shafer had only one requirement. She was not allowed to title any paintings with the exact location of these special spots.
See if you can figure out these hidden gems by viewing “Beneath One Sky,” the preamble to the Nevada Museum of Art’s (NMA) February 2014 exhibition for Shafer.
Approximately 40 paintings will be included in the show, ranging in sizes from 8 by 10 inches to 24 x 36 inches.
“I find that when I am comfortable and familiar with a place – the Sierra Nevada Mountains around Lake Tahoe – my artistic attention turns more toward the narrative possibilities that I see in specific landscape formations rather than straight reporting.
Painting famous icons like Half Dome in Yosemite National Park encourages another kind of awareness: painting in out-of-the-way spots that only a local might know, which allows me the freedom to use the landscape as a metaphor for my own purposes.
Another first for me in this exhibition was the chance to hike into some remote spots in the Sierra Mountains with the aid of pack mules and knowledgeable friends to guide me. Those friends, who are much more experienced in the backcountry than I, had only one requirement: I was not allowed to title any paintings with the exact location of these special spots. Hence, the paintings from those excursions have been labeled with such names as, Secret Meadow and other misleading monikers.” Phyllis Shafer
She has shown widely throughout the region, including at the NMA, Churchill Arts Council, and Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum. Her work is featured in the permanent collections of the NMA, Artown, Desert Research Institute, and Renown Health.
For more information, please visit www.stremmelgallery.com, or call 775-786-0558. Stremmel Gallery is located at 1400 South Virginia Street in Reno, Nevada. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturdays.
To learn more about Shafer and see more of her magical paintings, visit www.phyllisshafer.com. Here’s an excerpt from the feature, “The Phyllis Shafer Experience” by Richard Polsky, Western Art & Architecture, September 2013:
“In today’s high-tech, social media-infatuated world, landscape painting seems antiquated, almost out of touch with the times. That’s what makes Shafer’s work so special. Most contemporary landscapes feel apologetic. It’s as if the artist is saying, “I know I shouldn’t being doing this, but I just can’t help myself.” With a fearless interpretation of the great outdoors, Shafer takes the opposite tack. Though highly personal, her imagery is universal enough to connect with the viewer.”