[Annie Kammerer Butrus, Acrylic on two joined panels, 28 x 50 x 2 inches, Peach Tree Trail: Summer 5.]
Some people follow bands around the southeast; I keep tabs on artist Annie Kammerer Butrus. Most recently, on Monday night, I caught up with her at Thomas Deans Fine Art. One of the most illuminating things she said about her work had to do with light.
Annie grew up in Chicago and earned her BA in art at Wellesley (cum laude, by the way) but much of her adult life has been spent in Birmingham, Alabama where she and her husband are raising their family. She explained that when she first came to the Southern city, she was gobsmacked by the interplay of summer sunlight and trees, and the interesting shadows that resulted from it. Her curiosity about the natural world and regional landscape has in fact had a huge impact on her work -- in a way I can't adequately capture with a smattering of small images on a blog. So if you are able to get to Bennett Street before June 17, I highly recommend the small show. Gallerist Thomas Deans is incredibly knowledgeable, dealing with art ranging from 1750 to present day.
With Memorial Day approaching, I also wanted to mention that the Carlos Museum is now one of 600 Blue Star museums offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day, May 31 through to Labor Day, September 6, 2010.
[Gold bracelet; Tamil Nadu; 19th century. From the Michael C. Carlos Museum exhibition catalog When Gold Blossoms: Indian Jewelry from the Susan L. Beningson Collection.]
Click here for a past post about the Carlos' luminous exhibition, When Gold Blossoms: Indian Jewelry from the Susan L. Beningson Collection.