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2009: My work was included in three major group shows, including Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art in Tarpon Springs, FL, the Coolidge Center for the Arts, Portsmouth, NH, and the Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL.


2008: In March 2008 I was juried into FLAG (Florida Artist Group), whose members exhibit in selected Florida museums and art centers.


2007: The announcement below gives information about a show at Arts on Douglas Gallery in Florida. Much of my work at that show was inspired by Botswana. Some of the paintings in this show are included on this web site. A short video taken from the show follows.

The  following news release gives an interesting perspective on my work from a critic’s point of view.


Barbara Wagner

Botswana Stories

A sense of place, a sensitivity to one’s environment, can surely inform art. On a recent trip to the remotest bush of Africa, I was fascinated by animal patterns and grassland textures, the lost and found giraffe mottles, the kaleidoscope of zebra stripes, and the magnificent leopard seen fully and then glimpsed as spots among tall grasses. The result is “Botswana Stories”, my most recent and on-going series of paintings.

These paintings offer a purely aesthetic interpretation of nature, spoken in a voice consisting of colors, patterns, and textures. However, one can not help but be reminded of the fragility of these creatures and their environment, ever more so with the growing awareness of global warming. I am struck by a symbolic connection between extinction in nature and abstraction in art. Species which are literally disappearing from the real world, blend into and merge on my canvas, a kind of visual record, different from but just as meaningful as that offered by a camera.

Just as artists can draw on their environment for subject matter, and this is true across the spectrum from realism to abstraction, so the reverse can take place -- that is,  art can influence the  way people  see their environment.

 
For a brief (10 megabyte) video of Barbara’s one-person show at Arts on Douglas, entitled “Botswana Stories”, please click here.livepage.apple.com_film_clip.html

2010: In May-June 2010 I exhibited a new body of work in a one-person show at Furchgotte-Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne, Vermont. The paintings, “In Year of the Buffalo,”shown on my gallery page, are inspired by travel to  Viet Nam, Cambodia, and Laos in 2009. The following is a brief statement about the work and my inspiration.

“The gift of travel is to inform and sear the open mind,” wrote Gail Caldwell, book critic for the Boston Globe.* For me, travel has become an important source of artistic inspiration (not to mention cultural broadening). Turkey, Botswana, and elsewhere have offered opportunities to grow and refresh my artistic spirit. To both soar and be seared.

In 2009, the Year of the Buffalo, Viet Nam, Cambodia, and Laos offered the latest transformation. The paintings in this show were completed in the months following my return.

I am aware of two different subgroups in these paintings. One in which my observations are painted more poetically and symbolically, as I try to capture the spirit of these places and people. Bamboo, Cambodian silk, and handmade paper from Laos, are used in several of the paintings, as well as the triangle, symbol of the ever-present conical hat, the Nón lá (leaf hat) of Viet Nam.

In the second group of paintings, I have incorporated a bit of recognizable imagery, sometimes whimsically. The bas-relief 500-year-old temple elephant wall at Angkor Wat, the elaborate and beautiful textile garments of ethnic groups, particularly the women of Sa Pa, and Cambodian silk elephants, all make their way into this group of paintings.

Because the number five is so important in this culture, all the paintings incorporate five divisions as part of their structure.

Always, and most important, I am interested in the differences and similarities among cultures, the interconnectedness between life and art. This culminates for me on my canvases.

2011:

A one person show, entitled “Something Ventured, Something Gained,” of recent works at Green Mountain Fine Art in Stowe, VT. The Stowe Mountain Ski Resort purchased two paintings and commissioned five additional works, for installation in the lobby of their new ski center.


From a review of  the Stowe show by art critic Mark Awodey, published in the newspaper Seven Days:

Painter Barbara Wagner gives the old aphorism “nothing ventured, nothing gained” a more positive spin in the title of her solo exhibition at Stowe’s Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery: “Something Ventured — Something Gained.” The “something gained” is 15 exuberant mixed-media abstractions from several different series. Wagner doesn’t render objects from the real world; rather, she creates brilliant expressions of color and texture, organized into engaging compositions.

        

For the complete review, please seehttp://www.7dvt.com/2011net-gain   

             

Represented in a group show at the Cornell Museum of Art, Delray Beach, FL

2012:

In the November Florida Museum for Women Artists juried show, my work entitled Waterscapes Series #10 was awarded 3rd Best in Show.

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2013:

In June-July, represented in a group show at Le Moyne Center for the Visual Arts in Tallahassee, FL.

2014:

I am now represented by the Robert Hughes Gallery in San Antonio, Texas. And I will have a painting in the FLAG show at the St. Augustine Art Association in May. I was “Feature Artist,” in a show called “Renaissance,” at Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery in Vermont, summer 2014.

2015:

In April, represented in a group show at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art in Tarpon Springs, Florida

2016:

In July, represented in a group show at Furchgotte-Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne, VT

In April, represented in a group show at the Center for the Arts, Bonita Springs, Florida

2017:

The big news is that for the period from October through mid-May we are leaving Florida and relocating to Davis, California. I will be setting up a studio there and will be looking for  representation in galleries in the northern California area.


In February 2017 I received an honorable mention in a museum show for Florida artists at thr Coral Springs Museum of Art, Coral Springs, FL.