Marjorie van de Stouwe, “Dandelions in a Crystal Vase,” oil on linen on board, 8 x 8 inches

Don’t you love the sudden burst of life, color, sounds, and warmth the spring season brings? Galleries around the nation are in celebration as well, showcasing stellar artworks with subjects ranging from florals to landscapes, and much more. A fantastic example lies here.

On view from May 13 through June 17 at Glen Cove, New York’s Hersh Fine Art, “Awakenings” is a solo exhibition of exquisite florals by renowned physician and artist Dr. Marjorie van de Stouwe. Although her subjects are primarily still life, Stouwe has developed a knack for rendering the subtle textures, colors, and layering of nature.

Marjorie van de Stouwe, “Antique Spray Roses,” oil on linen, 12 x 10 inches
Marjorie van de Stouwe, “Antique Spray Roses,” oil on linen, 12 x 10 inches

Via the gallery, “Each season offers a new opportunity to create a fresh body of work as the landscape changes with the weather. ‘Awakenings’ celebrates transition, spring, and new birth. Tying together lyrical composition with an almost scientific investigation into the surface quality that communicates the difference between a dandelion and a daffodil, Dr. van de Stouwe’s work transcends mere academic pursuit. It celebrates the fleeting yet enduring qualities of beauty and impermanence. For a moment, the petals are intact and the leaves are suspended in the air by their own strength, but the moment passes, and the flowers cannot endure long. ‘Awakenings’ explores all stages of life and brings dignity to each one.”

Perhaps you spent the winter constantly digging yourself out of snowbanks, perhaps not, but whatever your experience was from November through April, “Awakenings” is a superb opportunity to officially welcome spring into your life — and maybe your home.

To learn more, visit Hersh Fine Art.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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