Gallery One in Ocean View announced its Flower Power exhibit is open to the public through Tuesday, May 3.
Studies have shown that viewing flower images provides automatic recovery effects after psychological stress. Even passive viewing of a typical flower image downregulates negative emotions, and decreases elevated blood pressure and cortisol levels. This month, the artists of Gallery One are pleasing viewers’ eyes and their health.
It has long been known that interacting with nature in the wild has beneficial effects, and artist Jeanne Mueller echoes this in her oil painting, "Field of Flowers." “I feel so happy when I see the daffodils popping up all over. They let me know winter is almost gone and their bright, cheery yellow flowers make me happy. It is a feeling of a new beginning for not only the earth but me as well,” she said.
In her acrylic, “Spring Blossoms,” Lesley McCaskill painted boldly colored flowers to brighten the mood of the viewer.
In Cindy Beyer’s “Kissed by the Light” watercolor, her glowing azaleas symbolize the arrival of summer.
Cheryl Wisbrock’s “Field of Dreams” is a reverie of glorious yellow sunflowers, a field of smiles against a blue-sky backdrop.
Dale Sheldon’s acrylic painting, “Keukenhof Flowers,” allows the viewer to experience the visual of blue flowers cascading between groves of trees reminiscent of a stream flowing.
In Leo Kahl’s watercolor painting, “Monet in his Garden,” the viewer sees Claude Monet, father of the French Impressionist movement, strolling through his own flower garden. Kahl’s atmospheric painting offers a glimpse into the same inspiration Monet must have felt.
Bringing a little bit of spring inside is also inspirational. For artist Jill Glassman, even a trip to the grocery store for bread and milk results in a vibrant, gaudy portrait of supermarket beauties in pastel titled “Camouflage.”
In her pastel, “Flowers by the Window," artist Laura Hickman shares her winter pick-me-up. “These flowers love sitting next to my south-facing window where they gather the warm light on a cold winter day,” said Hickman.
Mary Bode Byrd’s mixed media, “Celebrate,” explodes in a visual celebration of spring.
In artist Joyce Condry’s acrylic painting, “Lily,” complementary shades of blue and orange combined with symmetrical composition are dynamic and uplifting, while the simple beauty of a single flower is softly showcased.
Michelle Marshall knows it’s not just people who want to look lovely. In her acrylic, “Rosie on the Beach,” she portrays a cow delighted to doff her floral headpiece.
Alway staffed by an artist, Gallery One is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day at at 32 Atlantic Ave., Ocean View.