Austin watercolorist Jan Heaton is the latest very accomplished and talented artist to show her newest work in Johnson City. "Details. Color. Light. Values. Expressions. Silhouettes. Negative space. Positive space. Forms. Characters." These are the things that Jan says burn their visual memory in to her creative mind. Of her painting process she says "I look at something, and I respond to it. Hopefully I can record it. Most of my paintings have at least 25 or 30 layers of paint. It's a constant building up, a layering process. I'm always discovering new things, new ways to push and explore the medium."
Her newest watercolor paintings are on display from now through May 31 at the Kirchman Galleries Nugent Ave location in Johnson City, along with sculpture and chandeliers in glass and metal, by Peter Mangan. Peter, who splits his time between his Blanco and San Francisco studios, is unveiling several brand new pieces for the show.
Both artists' works evoke the theme, and title of the show, Luminance. Besides this "light quality" that is apparent in their works, the other theme running through many of the works on display is that of plants, or wildflowers. It is no mistake that these new pieces by these two very talented artists reflect the theme of one of our favorite Hill Country seasons. The gallery will have Open House during the Wildflower Festival which will take place on May 2 in Johnson City.
Hours are from 11 to 5 on Sundays and Mondays and from 11 to 6 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Both locations of Kirchman Galleries are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.