Karen Albanese Campbell’s paintings capture nature’s magnificence, hardship

Painter and printmaker Karen Albanese Campbell has mounted a wealthy and varied assortment of operates that celebrate the Earth and its inhabitants. Properly, her location is the Grange Insurance coverage Audubon Heart just south of Downtown Columbus.

By means of art that depicts organic landscapes and human beings that make their way by way of them, the Columbus artist has captured natural beauty as perfectly as hardships knowledgeable.

The 30 items in the exhibit are exhibited in hallways that wind close to the spacious centre. While the lights is less than ideal, the place invites, as Albanese Campbell reported, “chance encounters with artwork.”

The biggest performs are in the artist’s “The Travelers” series. In acrylic paint on irregularly shaped canvases, Albanese Campbell depicts persons or spouse and children users wrapped in blankets adorned with clouds and other sky illustrations or photos. The tourists, whom the artist describes in the accompanying panel as “globally displaced people today,” feel to walk bit by bit ahead, all in the similar path.

The likewise themed “Caravan” series of prints provides one figures encouraged, the artist stated, by the “shape developed when folks wrap them selves in blankets while walking as noticed in information photos of migrants and refugees.” These travelers, whose vibrant blankets are decorated with tulip-shaped bouquets, refer to a passage from Proverbs: “Strength and dignity are her apparel and she smiles at the upcoming.”

"The Travelers Mother and Children" by Karen Albanese Campbell

A person of the most lovely is effective is “Consider The (Trout) Lilies,” an 8- by 4-foot acrylic-and-bronze paint mural that pays homage to a rare and fragile flower that Albanese Campbell found out in her Clintonville lawn. Scattered in opposition to a deep-environmentally friendly qualifications are about 30 pale violet and white lilies. The wall hanging is accompanied by Mary Oliver’s relaxing poem “Trout Lilies.”

Between the a lot of other is effective in this various exhibit are the linocut aid prints “Forest Shadows I and 2,” scenes of gnarly trees and lush leaves in greens and blues. The woodcut “Walking at Night” is a moody scene of swirling inexperienced and blue designs versus a night sky.