Karen Silton, "Saturnalia"
April 26 - May 27, 2001
Artist's reception, Sunday, April 29, 1:00-4:00pm

Howell Green Fine Art Gallery
Attention: Carolyn Gray
120 North Topanga Canyon Blvd., Pine Tree Circle, #107, Topanga, CA 90290
Tel. 310-455-3991, Fax. 310-264-1762
E-mail, howellgreen@aol.com
Web site: http://www.howellgreen.com
Gallery hours: Wednesday-Saturday 11am-6pm, Sunday 11am-5pm. Closed Monday & Tuesday

The Howell Green Fine Art Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of Karen Silton’s new works. Entitled “Saturnalia,” the show will run from April 26-May 27.

The exhibit will feature twenty lyrical and vivid acrylic paintings on canvas, two original mosaic and ceramic tile murals as well as a limited number of new hand-built ceramic works featuring hand painted and sculpted imagery. Confidently rendered with Silton’s own cast of fantasy characters, this work will inspire the viewer to interpret the work, marvel at the technical mastery of the pieces, or enjoy the whimsy inherent in the imagery.

It is the mysteries of the soul and its influence on our lives that is at the core of Silton’s work. At first glance, the dreamlike paintings seem to leap from children’s storybooks. They are sweet, charming and beautiful. On closer examination, however, there are clues to deeper meanings that reflect the influences of Chagall, Dali and particularly Carl Jung on Silton. The archetypal characters Silton employs emanate from deep within her psyche. There are windows within windows, rainbows sprouting from the ground, moons transporting characters hither and yon, angels and faeries appearing as messengers or playing musical instruments, and a Cat Wizard acting as a puppeteer.

A Los Angeles native, Silton completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA and received an Associate of Arts Degree from Santa Monica College of Design, Art and Architecture. Silton has been recognized for her innovative fashion designs and has won numerous awards. In recent years, Silton has exhibited her work in juried art shows along the West Coast. This is her first solo gallery exhibition.

Because of Silton’s concern for keeping art programs available for children, a portion of the proceeds from the exhibition will be donated to the Topanga Elementary School and City Hearts, a non-profit organization which offers free visual and performing art classes to at-risk children in Los Angeles. More information on this organization can be found at www.cityhearts.com
The Howell Green Fine Art Gallery, located in the heart of Topanga Canyon, is owned and operated by Julie Howell, an art historian and M. David Green, a collector of many years. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11am to 6pm and Sunday, 11am to 5pm. “Saturnalia” will run through May 27. There will be a public reception for the artist on Sunday, April 29, from 1 to 4pm.

For visuals or further information, please contact: Caroline Gray, 310-455-3991.

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