Well-known Hornby-Denman potter and sculptor Bentley LeBaron presents his inside garden, a series of acrylic paintings aptly titled Voluptas this Thursday evening.
The paintings range in size from 9×12 inches to large canvasses of 36×40 inches, all spilling over with closeups of magnified flowers in pure, brilliant, saturated hues, mostly red and yellow, but some blue and green, and one a delicate pale pink.
Bentley says that Georgia O’Keefe has been a lifetime inspiration to him and he has always wanted to do a series of paintings in her honour. This is it: homage to Georgia.
The vibrant colour, lushness, and more than a hint of sexuality and eroticism a la O’Keefe, are all here, with a LeBaron splashiness and boldness, and the unique beauty of blooms in Denman summer gardens.
The show runs until Aug. 9 and the Denman Art Gallery is open everyday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Openings Thursday at the Denman Seniors’ Gallery are from 7 to 9 p.m.