Opening Reception: "A Treatise On Love" And "Whispers"

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Opening Reception: "A Treatise On Love" And "Whispers"
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Two Solo Exhibitions
June 8, 2017 – July 8, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 8, 6:00-8:00 PM

Samara Gallery is pleased to present two solo exhibitions, A Treatise on Love by Ann Marie Vancas and Whispers by Maryam Lavaf. Both artists combine the use of color and abstraction to form two new bodies of work that originate from sound, nature, and emotion.

About the Artists:

Ann Marie Vancas
"A Treatise on Love"

The artist writes, “As a synesthesia artist, music is always intertwined into the canvas.
Once I match the music to my mood…or theme, I choose the colors. The subject usually is the last to form. The main goal of my work is to paint bright, beautiful paintings to offset the ugly I sometimes see in the world. It’s a constant fight for balance. My favorite theme is love and hope. Occasionally I paint the truth of raw emotion, with little focus on the face and more focus on the eyes because there is where the truth shines through always. But if there is hope... I will always paint that.”

Ann Marie Vancas is a Houston-based artist whose art has been predominately displayed throughout Houston, and in numerous art shows and exhibitions. Her artistic style is predominately abstract and surrealism with a slight emphasis on fauvism. Her unique version is what she calls “Sensuism.” Her paintings most often feature bold and bright colors, images and shapes. These are done primarily in pastel, acrylic, oil, watercolor, charcoal and graphite.

Maryam Lavaf

The artist writes, “Events and occurrences, which have their own logic, are the accidents which I reveal in my work and through them I discover a new layer of myself.
Most of my works are the footprints of nature that can be traced. Nature stimulates the primary sense and the essence of life in me, a sense that we experience in love. The projection of me to nature arouses the ecstasy of existence in me, and in this way I connect to inner elements.
I begin each piece with a sound; it can be the sound of a leaf dropping, each work needs its own logic and guidelines and has to be unique and be ruled by its own laws.
I know a work is complete when its finds its own life, at which point I prefer to hide my intentions and allow viewers to come up with their own conclusions.”

Maryam Lavaf was born in Tehran, Iran. In Iran, Lavaf received a Graphic Diploma from the Art School and her B.A. in painting from Azad University in 2002. She has also received certificates in Advanced Painting and Ceramics from the Glassell School of Art in Houston, TX.
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