July 01, 2019

July 1 – 29 • Jo Ann Rose Gallery

Reception: Sunday, July 7 • 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Acrylic, Oil and Mixed Media Paintings by Karen Danenberger

LASTING IMPRESSIONS is about those images that evoke personal memories. From depictions of the Reston paths to scenes in the kitchens of friends and family, these paintings represent places that have meaning in my life and show what I have noticed about the world around me. Most of these works were completed in the last five years. In that time, our family has welcomed four new grandchildren and lost three aging parents. The parallel joy and sorrow of these events have resulted in these emotional images of hope and quietude.

My very first memory was sitting in my father’s lap at the base of a pottery wheel with my hands in the clay as it spun in a circle through my fingers. My father, Edward Bolton, was an artist and art teacher who always had paint and paper available to me. Painting was as commonplace to my childhood as was playing at the playground. I remember making paintings as young as age 3. As I grew, my dad always included me in any summer school art camps that he conducted for adults or teens.  I also learned to paint as a teenager by studying the Impressionists. It was at this time that the Impressionist color palette and brushwork was first adopted as my own.

About Karen Danenberger -- Karen received a BA in Studio Art from Smith College in 1974, graduate credits from Edinburgh University in Scotland in 1975, and an MA in painting from NYU in 1979. She was a teacher of oil and acrylic painting at the Reston Community Center Lake Anne from 2001 -- 2016, and has a total of over 45 years of experience in teaching art at all levels. Karen has participated in group and solo shows throughout the United States and Italy. Her drawings, paintings and batiks are in private collections throughout Virginia, the northeast US and and Europe. Many of the paintings in this exhibit were inspired by her life in Reston, VA, and from long walks on the Reston paths.