Texture Garden: Flora Series is a group of textural, mixed-media, floral paintings by Carla E. Reyes, exploring the cycles of nature and the human desire to capture and possess it. All of the paintings are inspired by actual images of man-made objects that were created from a variety of materials (clay, metal, stone, etc.) depicting a floral motif, set in a natural environment and undergoing the natural and chemical processes of aging and weathering. Carla’s artwork explores the color, texture, and character of natural and man-made surfaces, particularly in a state of change or interaction; which she finds both profound and beautiful. Flowers in particular, are cherished objects of nature that humans seek to preserve, but their seasonal appearance in nature, and short life span in unnatural environments, remind us of the fleeting and precious nature of existence. These works are meant to bring attention to the cycles of life, nature, and change, and the beauty of the processes that take place at any given moment.

The Tryst exhibition will feature works from the Texture Garden: Flora Series, as well as other textural collage paintings from previous bodies of work that explore a natural motif or theme. Organized by Beeswax Arts, the exhibition will be on view from August 3 – September 6, 2011. There will be an public reception with the artist on Thursday, August 4th from 7-9pm.

Tryst Coffeehouse, 2459 18th Street Northwest
Washington D.C., DC 20009
(202) 232-5500

Her complete portfolio can be viewed at: http://www.carlaereyes.com or for more information on the artist and/or the exhibition contact Danielle Lanteigne at beeswaxarts@gmail.com.