The relationship between art and healing is a well established and often-discussed phenomenon. The Naples Art Association is in partnership with Physicians Regional Healthcare System (PRHS) to benefit patients, visitors and healthcare staff. Three exhibitions are installed annually at the PRHS Naples Campus at 6101 Pine Ridge Road. Fire and Water: Nature in Watercolor and Hand-blown Glass is installed on the second floor of the atrium lobby. Additional artwork is located on the ground floor in the coffee shop, the Clinic and in the lobby near admissions.
This exhibition is on view through Nov. 12, 2012, featuring original watercolor paintings by Southwest Florida artists Rod Busch, Barbara Groenteman and Marjorie Renfroe, and art glass by Beverly Albrets.
Busch loves the way the paint dries in patterns of granulation, settling into the ridges of the watercolor paper while other paint mixtures settle out with heavier pigments sinking and lighter pigments floating over them. Still other pigments push paint to the edge of the water as they dry, leaving a dark line called a “bloom.”
“I love watercolor because it does all the beautiful things itself. I just limit where it does them on the paper by corralling, controlling and limiting where the watercolor paint can go,” Busch added.
About his work, Busch says he is trying to capture a moment in time and elicit calm joy in the viewer. He describes some examples. “My granddaughter Tess sucking on a cinnamon stick at four in the afternoon, after being pushed all over the historic village in Stockbridge, Massachusetts or a portrait of a green backed heron fishing on a log in front of pickerel weed on a sunny afternoon waiting for the minnows to circle in the whirlpool below him so he can strike his afternoon meal. They are portraits of sunshine passing over a stretch of sorrel on a moss covered log, or a group of 300 pip-stone butterflies getting drunk on minerals on a sandy spot by the Little Pigeon River. And because my paintings capture only one passing moment – they communicate an urgency – a call to look at the world around you this very moment, this very day. Savor it, enjoy it, and fondly remember it.”
Learn more about other featured artists in this exhibition on our website and here on our blog in future articles.