Cel­e­brate wild­flow­ers

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Cot­tage Cu­ra­tor is pleased to high­light art­works by five artists in their cur­rent ex­hi­bi­tion, “Nat­u­rally — In­spired by Na­ture.”

Frances Coates, Kathy Chum­ley, Vicki Malone, Priscilla Whit­lock, and Jackie Bai­ley Labovitz cel­e­brate wild­flow­ers. Their paint­ings, draw­ings, and pho­to­graphs fo­cus on fields of flow­ers at a dis­tance as well as up close stud­ies.

The use of color is im­por­tant. From the sub­tle greens found in Malone’s del­i­cate draw­ing “Mayap­ples” to the ex­plo­sion of red corn poppies in Chum­ley’s paint­ing “Shenan­doah Spring,” they cap­i­tal­ize on Mother Na­ture’s vast pal­ette.

Whit­lock makes her ges­tu­ral strokes dance across the can­vas in “Blues, Chicory,” while Bai­ley Labovitz and Coates have their vivid pinks stand at at­ten­tion. Color and rhythm are driv­ing forces.

Cot­tage Cu­ra­tor is lo­cated in Sper­ryville — 12018A Lee High­way — a few miles east of the Thorn­ton River Gap en­trance to the Shenan­doah Na­tional Park, and in­vites vis­i­tors to stop by and take a look at their cel­e­bra­tion and to take ad­van­tage of the Shenan­doah Na­tional Park’s “Wild­flower Week­end,” May 11-12. Cot­tage Cu­ra­tor, is open Thurs­day-Mon­day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and by ap­point­ment.

Jackie Bai­ley Labovitz’s “Pink Lady’s Slip­per,” above, is a strik­ing pho­to­graph on can­vas.

Kathy Chum­ley's “Shenan­doah Spring” is an ex­plo­sion of red corn poppies.

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