mar 4

"Wings of Desire," The Art of William H. Howe

Olive Gallery and Art Supply

At 7 p.m. Howe will give a short talk about his work and sign copies of his first book "Our Butterflies and Moths" published in 1964.Grab your net and catch this show! William Howe paints butterflies, and he has done so most of his life. "I do this for one reason-it's fun. And most jobs are not fun, I have found," says Howe. The Olive Gallery will display a group of paintings, curated by Dave Loewenstein, that represents the wide range of approaches Howe has taken to his life-long subject. There are trompe l'oeil portraits of butterflies hovering slightly above the canvas. There are carefully composed families of butterflies, rendered like Audubon, in their natural settings. There are the paintings, Howe often calls 'surreals' or 'abstracts,' where his mutable subjects become vehicles for storytelling, and abstract design. And being exhibited for the first time, are Howe's figurative and narrative paintings which explore his personal and political concerns. His paintings are much more than just technique and observation. They are deeply felt personal statements that illuminate the fragile and quiet life of butterflies and the man who has rendered them with such affection. William's paintings are in the collections of museums around the world including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. A limited number of his first book Our Butterflies and Moths published in 1964 are still available through the Olive Gallery. The artist will give a short talk and sign copies of his 1964 book at 7p.m. RedLefty will provide swingin' acoustic blues for the evening, and the artwork of seven-year-old Seth Peters will be displayed in the Kid's Corner. The Olive Gallery is open 11a.m.-6p.m. every day of the week.

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