The Maturango Museum will host an opening reception on Friday, March 9 for Jeanne Miller’s exhibit “Arid, Wide and Golden – Western Landscapes on Silk.” The doors open at 7 pm. Receptions are always free and open to the public.

This exhibit features landscapes of the arid west. They are created using French dyes brushed onto silk. The French dyes result in rich colors and unexpected, delightful textural effects. I use black or tinted ‘resists’ to create barriers for the liquid dyes; once the piece is completed the colors are set chemically. The silk is then mounted onto canvas for hanging.

Miller describes her artwork; “I paint the land and skies of the American west. My work is inspired by grand, open vistas, and I respond most strongly to big skies and distant views that are not interrupted by human presence. Fences, houses and people rarely find their way into my paintings.

“I’m inspired by real places, yet am not compelled to portray them too literally. While a viewer may recognize a certain location in a painting, my compositions and use of color are really more intuitive and emotional than realistic. Creating a painting is a dance between the surface of the silk, the liquid dyes, and the emotions that attracted me to a certain scene. My paintings are my impression of a place at a particular moment in time.

“So I use vibrant, intense color to convey the essence and spirit of a place, celebrating the drama of weather, the patterns of morning and evening light, and the qualities of the air itself. I am drawn to the complex beauty, scale and serenity of the western lands and I want to share the feeling of ‘being there.’ I have succeeded if a viewer looks at one of my paintings and feels that they have been to that place, and can feel the dry breeze, detect the fragrance of the grasses, or sense the glow of the light.”

This exhibit will be at the Maturango Museum Saturday, March 10 through Monday, May 7. The Museum is open every day 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.