Heron II by Robyn Ryan.

Wild Things: New Works by Robyn Ryan

by | Dec 13, 2014 | Arts and Entertainment

By Casey Shaw

“Wild Things,” an exhibition of new works by Fredericksburg-area sculptor and painter Robyn Ryan, is the featured show at Art First Gallery June 3 – 29, 2014.  A First Friday reception will be held from 6 – 9 p.m. on June 6.

Ryan is inspired by living things; their mystery, complexity, shapes, movement, energy, personality, environment and relationships with each other.  She often captures her subjects in candid moments and glimpses frozen in time for the viewer to ponder.

The fleeting glimpses of her current work focus on those chance sightings of wildlife and nature we often miss in our hurried lives.

The works explore different ways of manipulating physical layers through juxtaposition of subjects, embedded collage, acrylic gels and Plexiglas.  Ryan’s acrylic layer works consist of multiple layers of acrylic gel with paint, collage and mixed media embedded between the layers, with selected areas exposing the layers beneath.  In addition to the visual and color depth achieved, the resulting varied texture is lends itself to “fleeting glimpses.”

Osprey by Robin Ryan.

In addition to exhibiting at Art First, Ryan exhibits with the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, the North Windsor Artists at LibertyTown and the Virginia Equine Artists Association.

Art First Gallery, located at 824 Caroline St. in the downtown Fredericksburg Historic District, is open daily from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. In addition to works by the featured artist of the month, you’ll find art displayed by thirty gallery members.

You can also find Art First Gallery on Facebook.
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