PRINCETON — The Prairie Arts Council will feature “Of Time and Places” by nationally recognized artist Pam Flanders in the gallery of the Prairie Arts Center in Princeton from April 4 to April 24.
Flanders grew up in rural Wisconsin and always loved drawing and sketching florals and landscapes while earning a nursing degree; but, it was only after being introduced to oil painting in 1991, that she found a better way to express that passion in an expressive and realistic style.
With the encouragement of her family, she began enrolling in courses and workshops around the country with professional artists whose work she admired. After studying with Anne Templeton in New Mexico in 1994 she was certain she wanted to paint full time. She studied with contemporary artists around the country, who, through their encouragement, caused her to focus on the plein-air style of painting (outdoors on site). It was plein air painting that seemed to combine her talents with her love of the outdoors.
Flanders describes her style as expressive realism. Using strong values and a warm palette, she enjoys capturing the mood of her surroundings as it relates to the light hitting the subject. “As I look at one of my finished works, all the sights, sounds and smells come back as if I were once again in that moment. It is a total sensory experience to relive all the places I’ve traveled and painted.”
Flanders participates in national and regional juried shows and plein air events. Her works can be found in public and private collections. She is a longtime member of Oil Painters of America, Alta Prima International and the Ottawa Art League in Illinois. She recently moved to Central Illinois from the state of Oregon and her works can be found in galleries of the Pacific Northwest as well as North Central Illinois.
There will be an opening reception to meet the artist from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. The “Of Time and Places” exhibit is open and free to the public and will be available for viewing from April 4 to April 24 at the Prairie Art Center, 24 Park Ave. East in Princeton from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sunday.
For more information about the Prairie Arts Council and how you can become a member, visit www.theprairieartscouncil.org or call 815-875-2787.