Springville Museum of Art

Springville, Utah

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It's All Relative: Two Generations of Painters


Springville Museum of Art will present a major exhibition of talent over two generations, bringing together the work of Phyllis F. Horne and Karen Horne. This will be a unique opportunity to view and celebrate the artistic achievement of this mother and daughter, each accomplished in her own right. Included will be over thirty works from each, new as well as examples from the span of their careers. (right: Phyllis F. Horne, Summer Flowers, 30 x 40 inches)

The exhibition will run from September 16 ~ October 17, 1999.

The Governor has proclaimed the week of September 5 - 12 as "Alice Art Week," in honor of Alice Merrill Horne, Utah's "First Lady of the Arts. It is quite fitting to honor Alice's legacy through her descendants, by celebrating two more Horne women in the arts.

This exhibition offers a chance to view the mutual influence of these painters, the way their work is connected and yet individual. Since 1975, in addition to raising her six children, Phyllis Horne has steadily been garnering awards for her rural landscapes and backroad garden scenes. Her work is featured in numerous private and corporate collections. (left: Phyllis F. Horne, Lilies with Flo Blue, 6 x 8 inches)

"A deft touch and search for nuance in color and form is found in the canvases of Phyllis Horne. Her forte is landscape painting ... with impressionistic color and almost watercolor technique." said Vern Swanson and Robert Olpin in "Utah Art."

Karen Horne was recognized by the late George Dibble as "a new talent with power" upon the opening of her first one-person show in 1981. She studied painting at Yale and lived in New York City for over a decade until her return to Salt Lake in 1996. Karen's work is bold and coloristic, with special emphasis on the figure. (right: Karen Horne, Zion's Children, 32 x 48 inches)

"Karen Horne is an artistic descendant of both the turn-of-the-century American Impressionists and of New York City's Ash Can School painters... from both groups she has learned the expressive power of color and paint applied with directness, honesty and immediacy" according to curator Will South. (left: Karen Horne, Susanna (detail), 30 x 30 inches)

Both Phyllis and Karen Horne recognize and admire each other's strengths, and remark that they couldn't paint the other's paintings. Certainly visitors to this exhibition will be delighted that each of these artists has her own unique vision and style.

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