Artist Reception with Jeanne Rosen Sofen
Location: The Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture
Date: Sunday, February 25 from 2pm-4pm
Join us in the library to celebrate our beautiful new art exhibit, Intimate Nature: Plants and Landscapes of Central California. Using a variety of painting techniques, Jeanne Rosen Sofen has created a loving tribute to the beauty and diversity of Central California, from Sierra Nevada mountains to oak woodlands, to coastal hills and redwoods. A lifetime of enjoying and observing the natural world combined with years of exploring painting techniques has brought us this exciting exhibit of paintings of plants and landscapes.
Sofen, who lives and works in the Santa Cruz area, has exhibited work widely over many years. In addition to traditional oils for studio work and pastels for plein aire studies, Sofen has developed an original technique of painting combining sponge-painted art papers with paint. Layers of the painted paper are pieced together on the surface with additional layers of paint bringing the composition together. The resulting textural interest is expressive and unique. In addition to the luminous landscapes and mysterious woodland scenes, the show includes paintings of some California native wildflowers found on her travels.
Intimate Nature: Plants and Landscapes of Central California is on display and for sale in the Library February through May 2024.