The title of the upcoming exhibit at Artworks is in intriguing one: Look Beyond. It sounds like good advice to live by, a mantra if you will.
With so much of modern life tied to the two-dimensional (mostly) screens of our phones, tablets, laptops, computers and TVs, the encouragement to “look beyond” is hard to resist. Those images flash before our eyes and are gone in an instant. An upcoming exhibit at Artworks will hopefully provide a welcome antidote.
Artist Stacy K. Pearson records the natural world, a broad subject to ponder if there ever was one. She describes her art: “What sets me apart from other artists is not only the degree of detail that I am able to produce but also the earth-driven inspiration that is in every step of my process. Everything that I draw comes from my yard, the beach, or flowers that I gather, smell, and touch in person. A bee that I recently added to a drawing I actually found in my garden also. I love everything about being a botanical illustrator, sometime abstract painter, and full-time student of the outdoors.
“I want to invite you to step close, lift your eyes from our technology-driven world and seek to find wonder in nature on an intimate level. My illustrations strive to capture the miracle that exists in even the tiniest curve in a new bloom. My paintings strive to envelope the unbridled power and constant changes found in the waters of our Great Lakes.
“I work as an artist around the state, as well as showing at galleries and collaborating with clients in a myriad of projects, such as the development of stationary lines, university-sponsored education programs, and furnishing artwork for nature centers.”
Her website opens with the words “finding beauty in nature, botanical illustrations, large scale illustrations & abstract paintings, inspired by the great outdoors.” Her profile shares what must certainly be her mantra: “Seek to appreciate nature on the most intimate level.”
Her Instagram account describes her as a “nature artist, adventure lover, West Michigan coastal gal.” She trained as a scientific illustrator at the University of Michigan and received her master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma.
If you attended ArtPrize 2016, you may have seen her entry “Bloom,” a sketch of a flower wreath done entirely in drafting pencil with touches of liquid gold. It was displayed at the Women’s City Club.
If you find yourself intrigued by the challenge to “look beyond,” and can’t wait for the exhibit to open, check out her gallery on her website on the internet or view Stacy and her work on Instagram. Otherwise, the exhibit “Look Beyond” by Stacy K. Pearson will be available at Artworks during the months of November and December, with the opening reception on Thursday, October 25th from 5-7 p.m.
And while an exhibit of such art is a treat to savor, the invitation to “look beyond” is open to us all every day. Just look out your window. Or better yet, go for a nice slow walk.