Bluefield College will host an art show focusing on flora and fauna of the natural world through watercolors, titled “Tapestry,” by Mary Talbott, February 19 through April 13.
The Talbott art show will be open and free to the public and can be found in the BC Art Gallery on the first floor of Lansdell Hall from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Weekend hours may be obtained by calling the Bluefield College Art Department at 276-326-4558.
With a master’s degree in education from the University of Virginia with a concentration in the teaching of science, Talbott says she has always been a naturalist. She has taught biology and earth science for many years, and her art reflects her love of nature with its consistent flora and fauna themes.
“I produce some artwork by making two paintings of the same or different subjects, cutting them into strips and weaving them into one,” said Talbott. “I get pleasure from the color combinations and subject interplay achieved by the weaving process.”
Alexandra Mocarski, a Bluefield College senior graphic communication major who got a sneak peak of Talbott’s show, noticed this weaving effect in Talbott’s paintings and said that she tried this technique in her own artwork and loved the style of imaging.
“I’m someone that really likes bright colors, so immediately the colors caught my attention,” said Mocarski about Talbott’s paintings. “I have done this before with colored pencil and love how it creates two images in one depending on where the viewer is focusing.”
Talbott’s work has been in several exhibits, including shows at the Virginia Highlands Festival, the Appalachian Arts Center, Southwest Virginia Community College (SVCC), and now Bluefield College.
“I am primarily an environmental artist, focusing on flora and fauna of the natural world,” said Talbott. “I present and draw attention to close-ups or color combinations that might not be obvious to the casual viewer.”