Magic of the Land: Works by Carol Beesley, Jim Keffer and Karl Brenner

Magic of the Land: Works by Carol Beesley, Jim Keffer and Karl Brenner

Artists present landscape show Magic of the Land in Visitor Center at Myriad Botanical Gardens

Works by Carol Beesley, Jim Keffer and Karl Brenner featured

JRB Art at The Elms will present three landscape artists in a special exhibition at Myriad Botanical Gardens from January 9 to February 11, 2020. Magic of the Land will feature works by Carol Beesley, Jim Keffer, and Karl Brenner.

A professor emeritus of the University of Oklahoma, Beesley is a focused observer of landscapes and an admirer of vintage postcards and photographs. Over the years she discarded her purist approach to painting only in oil to using layers of acrylic, watercolor and oil paint with occasional found objects, paper, and printed fabric to achieve dramatic results. Having lived in Oklahoma as well as New Mexico, she paints the mountains at Turner Falls, the Wichitas, Abiquiu, and the deserts in between on a large scale characterized by majestic colors.

Keffer is a self-taught artist. His work is born from a lifetime of observing places in the landscape and places in the heart. Painting for him comes from a primal place. Keffer says, “I believe folk art to be my primal truth, so my painting journey has been to pare away modern life and try to be in that primal place – to be in that moment which is new, which is a time of color before there was paint, a time of imagery before there was painting.” He lives and paints in Oklahoma City, but travels west often to source new landscapes.

Brenner has spent the last 15 years of his life living and painting landscapes in and around Durango, Colorado. He is primarily a plein air painter. As a young man, Brenner was awarded an art scholarship to Stanford University, but instead of studying art, he became a surgeon like his father and grandfather before him. A few years before he retired from private practice Brenner began studying with some of the Prix de West artists he admired. Upon retirement, he sold his practice and moved to Colorado where he paints every day. When asked if he regrets that decision Karl says, “I should have done it sooner.”

JRB Art at The Elms presents a diverse roster of emerging, established, and internationally exhibited artists who create in a range of media including paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, glass, fine crafts, functional objects, fiber art, and photographs. This 8,000-square foot award-winning gallery in Oklahoma City’s Paseo Arts District changes its exhibits monthly in a gracious environment that fosters a dialogue between the arts and the larger community while providing quality art for first-time buyers as well as individual, corporate and museum collections.