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ILLUMINATED

Exhibit opens September 1 in Rosemont College’s Lawrence Gallery

Lawrence Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibit featuring the works Kathleen Spicer. The show, titled “Illuminated,” will be on display September 1 through 30. An opening reception will take place September 1 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., with a gallery talk at 4:30 p.m.

spicerILLUMINATED is a new series of oil on wood "relief paintings" by Kathleen Spicer that unite semi-abstract forms with images in nature, and speech and punctuation marks. The creations push painting beyond the two dimensional surface with layers of laser cut shapes on top of saturated color to create living, choreographed, patterned images that emphasize communication and radiate positive illuminated energy from within.

Spicer started out as a painter moving into sculpture. Having moved back to painting again, she prefers to build the paintings preferring oil on wood. “I love the feel of wood and how it accepts color.” Spicer’s “relief paintings” have a top layer composed of cut out shapes that make patterns while the top layer, while physically supporting the top layer, reinforces the sense of light that builds up through color adding depth. “I incorporate semi-abstract forms that reflect images found in nature, like flowers, buds, and leaves, and various ‘speech bubbles’ and punctuation marks, a direct reference to communication.”

It’s Spicer’s hope that the final product feels alive with light, color, pattern, and movement or ILLUMINATED.

Over her career, Spicer has had solo shows in galleries from coast to coast, group exhibitions as well as many pieces of commissioned work including aluminum, wood, and plaster sculptures, murals, and pieces to replace works destroyed in the World Trade Center. Her work has been featured in publications and is part of many collections, many private, including the United States Embassy in Togo, West Africa. She has received numerous public art commissions and grants including the New York Foundation for the Arts.

This is Spicer’s first solo show at Rosemont College. In 2013, she was part of a group exhibition, “Against the Odds: A Tribute to Sande Webster,” says Spicer. “I like the Lawrence Gallery and am always impressed with the wide range of artists’ works—no two shows are nearly alike. The space is wide open and well lit, and the student body is very much a part of every exhibit. It is a true honor to be featured here.”

 Image: Whisper Round the Lane, 52" x 52", oil on wood, 2016

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 Lawrence Gallery is located in Lawrence Hall on Rosemont College’s campus at 1400 Montgomery Avenue in Rosemont, PA. The gallery’s hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Founded in 1921 by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, Rosemont College is a private, coeducational Catholic institution. For more information, visit www.rosemont.edu.