Impressions of Nature, an exhibition of recent paintings and mixed-media works by artists Janice Breeden and Amy Mitchell Howard will be on view in Mary Baldwin University’s Hunt Gallery January 14–February 1.
Both Mitchell and Howard earned their bachelor of arts in studio art from Mary Baldwin University in 2000. A resident of Orange, Virginia, Breeden has shown her work regionally and nationally at numerous venues including McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville, Greenwich Workshop in Connecticut, San Diego Art Institute in California, and Rocky Mount Art Center in North Carolina, among others. Breeden is an art teacher at Louisa County High School in Mineral, Virginia. She is also in the process of completing her master of interdisciplinary studies degree at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Howard has shown her work throughout Virginia at venues such as Newcomb Hall Gallery at the University of Virginia, Crossroads Art Gallery in Richmond, and Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville, among others. She lives in Lynchburg, Virginia where she teaches at Nelson Middle School. Howard also earned her master of teaching degree from University of Virginia.
The two artists share an interest in nature as their subject matter, but they approach it from entirely different perspectives. Process and physicality are at the heart of Howard’s work (see painting): “I manipulate the surfaces of each painting, both building as well as exposing layers. I use the organic world around me as my subject and inspiration.” Breeden takes a more conceptual approach to her work (see picture at top). She states: “In an ever-changing world of pandemic warnings, stem cell research, and mutated genes and species, I ask the question: ‘What will we become thousand of years from now?’ With that thought, I have conjured a culture of regenerated creatures that blur the line between microorganisms, plants, and insects.”
A reception for Breeden and Mitchell will be held Monday, January 14 at 4:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Hunt Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary work in all media by regionally and nationally recognized artists. The gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. during the college’s academic year.