What: The Respite Sequence, an art exhibit of new oil paintings
Where: 2713 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood, Saint Louis, MO
When: May 3 – 25, 2019
Opening Reception:  Friday, May 3rd, 2019, 6 – 10pm
Artist Talk:  Saturday, May 18, 2019, 1pm

Bauer’s most recent body of work is entitled The Respite Sequence.  Originally named to identify paintings created specifically during times of respite while caregiving for her father, she has since expanded the Sequence to include all of her activities since relocating to St. Louis in 2014.    
Substitute the word alleviation for respite:  The paintings become a source of alleviation for the viewer and the maker.  They are pathways into light-filled, bucolic landscapes.  From a distance, the landscapes appear calm and inviting. However, upon closer inspection, the viewer is met with a flurry of countless intersecting arcs that drag the pigment endlessly throughout the surface of each painting.  The ground becomes the wind, the wind becomes a blade of grass…. The paintings are complicated, and, perhaps, not as inviting as they first seemed.
With this exhibition, Bauer creates a connection between elements of visual art and life: the widely varied responsibilities of our collective to-do lists.  
Bauer maintains a studio practice of painting, printmaking and drawing, while concurrently extending the principles and source of this work into social arenas of the community through teaching, performing and developing arts educational curricula and programming.  
During this exhibit, Bauer’s new works in oil are accompanied by sound and multidisciplinary sculptural elements.  
The Respite Sequence is on exhibit from May 3rd to May 25th.  Gallery Hours:  Friday and Saturday, noon to 3pm.

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