Show Preview | Carla Forrest & Lee McVey

Albuquerque, NM
Purple Sage Gallery, August 7-29

Carla Forrest, Storm on the Horizon, oil, 10 x 12.

Carla Forrest, Storm on the Horizon, oil, 10 x 12.

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This month at Purple Sage Gallery in Albuquerque, NM, is a two-person show featuring Carla Forrest and Lee McVey. The exhibit, titled Landscape Connections, begins with an artists’ reception on Friday, August 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. and continues until August 29. “Carla’s colors are strong and vibrant yet so harmonious. Her thick application of paint adds such a luscious texture that really captivates her admirers,” says gallery owner Anita Blythe. “Lee’s work is highly representational. Her minute strokes are applied very methodically and give her paintings such softness. Her paintings have such great composition and most have a great sense of depth.”

Forrest has a bachelor’s degree in studio art from the State University of New York at Oneonta and a master’s degree in teaching from Rochester Institute of Technology. She’s presenting roughly 20 works painted over the previous three years from coast to coast. With a painterly, impressionistic style, 
Forrest aims to increase awareness of the environment through her studio and plein-air works. “I approach art as an observer of the soul, enlightening the viewer about the presence, wonder, and dignity of nature and life,” she says. “I want the viewer to value place and person in a space of spirit and heart and bring this illumination into their 
personal environments.”

McVey is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, Pastel Society of New Mexico, Plein Air Artists of Colorado, and other organizations. Presenting 15 to 20 pastel and oil works, she hopes to show her connection to the landscape. “When I choose a landscape for my paintings, it’s something that resonates with me,” McVey says. “On one level it’s the composition, with its abstract shapes, light and dark values, and color harmony. But on another level, there’s some heartfelt connection that can’t easily be put into words. The landscape soothes my soul.” —Joe Kovack

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