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BLUE: A Group Exhibition – February, 2017

Jane Booth Paintings at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art

JANE BOOTH in BLUE: A Group Exhibition
February, 2017

Jane Booth’s work emerges from her dedication to the landscape of her
physical environment—rural Kansas—and the landscape of her interior life. Consequently her work has a diaristic and dreamlike effect, suggesting the rich interior life that we may access when we connect to that portion of our psyche. By painting in an abstract style that is still dependent on a certain naturalism, Booth mines the rich veins of formalism and conceptualism.

Booth has a B.F.A. from Kansas State University and furthered her education at the Kansas City Art Institute. Her paintings are in more than 300 private collections and numerous museum and corporate collections including the albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, Marianna Kistler Beach Museum, Polsinelli Shughart PC, Blue Cros/Blue Shield, Emprise Bank, Farmers Mutual Insurance of NE, Lockwood Development, Millard Holding Corp., National Indemnity Company, Cisco Systems, H&R Block World Headquarters, Hilton Hotels, and Kansas University Heart Hospital.

 

SHEDDING LIGHT – JULY & AUGUST 2016

Jane Booth Paintings at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art

JANE BOOTH: Shedding Light
July & August 2016
RECEPTION: July 8. 2016  6pm to 9pm

Jane Booth’s work emerges from her dedication to the landscape of her
physical environment—rural Kansas—and the landscape of her interior life. Consequently her work has a diaristic and dreamlike effect, suggesting the rich interior life that we may access when we connect to that portion of our psyche. By painting in an abstract style that is still dependent on a certain naturalism, Booth mines the rich veins of formalism and conceptualism.

Booth has a B.F.A. from Kansas State University and furthered her education at the Kansas City Art Institute. Her paintings are in more than 300 private collections and numerous museum and corporate collections including the albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, Marianna Kistler Beach Museum, Polsinelli Shughart PC, Blue Cros/Blue Shield, Emprise Bank, Farmers Mutual Insurance of NE, Lockwood Development, Millard Holding Corp., National Indemnity Company, Cisco Systems, H&R Block World Headquarters, Hilton Hotels, and Kansas University Heart Hospital.

 

ATMOSPHERE AND FORM – MAY & JUNE 2016

Jane Booth Paintings at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art

Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2004 Baltimore Avenue Contact: Sherry Leedy, sherryleedy@sherryleedy.com
Kansas City, MO 64108 Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11 – 5 p.m. (816) 221-2626

JANE BOOTH: Atmosphere & Form
May – June, 2016

Jane Booth chooses to live and paint away from the city atop a ridge of land that overlooks a large open valley where storms can be seen forming miles away and stars are clearly visible at night. Looking outward nourishes and sustains Booth\’s inner spirit and, in turn, inspires and energizes her paintings.

Booth’s paintings begin as physical endeavor. Huge swaths of raw canvas are rolled out on the floor or outside on the ground and saturated with poured color until canvas and paint are bonded as one. The resulting paintings seem a part of nature, becoming atmosphere, environment and stage holding memories of land and light, insight and mystery, longing and finding. Sensitive, subtle and honest, Jane Booth\’s paintings reveal wide-open spaces of strength, openness and vulnerability. Ultimately, they disclose the artist\’s trust in the continuity and richness of life, within and without, and express a poetic vision of creativity, intellect and passion.

Her works can be found in numerous private and corporate collections, including: Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Emprise Bank, Cisco Systems, H&R Block World Headquarters, Hilton Hotels, Kansas University Heart Hospital, as well as featured in Kansas then Governor Sebelius’ offices and chambers. Booth has a B.F.A. from Kansas State University, Manhattan.

 

Jane Booth Paintings at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art

Jane Booth Paintings at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art

Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2004 Baltimore Avenue Contact: Sherry Leedy, sherryleedy@sherryleedy.com
Kansas City, MO 64108 Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11 – 5 p.m. (816) 221-2626

JANE BOOTH: Color and Light
September 6 – October 26, 2013
RECEPTION: September 21, 6-8 p.m.

Water and Light Series: Balance, acrylic on canvas 54”x 42”

Jane Booth chooses to live and paint away from the city atop a ridge of land that overlooks a large open valley where storms can be seen forming miles away and stars are clearly visible at night. Looking outward nourishes and sustains Booth\’s inner spirit and, in turn, inspires and energizes her paintings.

Booth\’s paintings begin as physical endeavor. Huge swaths of raw canvas are rolled out on the floor or outside on the ground and saturated with poured color until canvas and paint are bonded as one. The resulting paintings seem a part of nature, becoming atmosphere, environment and stage holding memories of land and light, insight and mystery, longing and finding. Sensitive, subtle and honest, Jane Booth\’s paintings reveal wide-open spaces of strength, openness and vulnerability. Ultimately, they disclose the artist\’s trust in the continuity and richness of life, within and without, and express a poetic vision of creativity, intellect and passion.

In 2012, the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph, MO, celebrated Booth\’s work with a solo exhibition, Jane Booth Paintings: Life Moving Through. Her works can be found in numerous private and corporate collections, including: Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Emprise Bank, Cisco Systems, H&R Block World Headquarters, Hilton Hotels, Kansas University Heart Hospital, as well as featured in Kansas then Governor Sebelius’ offices and chambers. Booth has a B.F.A. from Kansas State University, Manhattan.

 

2012 – Tanya Hartman – Albrecht-Kemper

Life Moving Through: Thoughts On The Paintings of Jane Booth

“In the woods, we return to reason and faith.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson in his essay Nature, published anonymously in 1836

To spend time on Jane Booth’s land, is to spend time within the artist’s most private property: that of her spirit. Each blade of grass, fluttering bird or shaft of light seems to have a concomitant and poetic habitation within her heart and intellect, translating into metaphors that express how life passes through us, altering us physically and emotionally; forcing us to transform.

The fact that the cycle of life imposes both splendor and sorrow upon us is a theme that preoccupies the artist. In recent years, she has experienced loss and injury. Her reaction has been to turn inward by looking outward. Hence, the clots and drips of paint in her work can reference rain and tears simultaneously. A luminous passage of color might refer to sunlight and to insight. An area of heavy impasto could imply both sodden earth and saturating grief. In Jane Booth’s body of work, there is no boundary between what is within the self and what lies outside the self. In this way, her painting is inherently reverent, and filled with awe for universal processes that elude easy definition.

In Jane Booth’s studio, each mark, however deliberate, is imbued with transience. She begins a painting by staining a large swath of canvas with pigment. Her choice of hue is intuitive, as are the flurry of spontaneous marks that follow. Next, in the artist’s words, “…the fine parts:  sitting and studying for long stretches, tweaking and adjusting balance and movement, forming personality.   It’s like layering intellect over feeling, or form over atmosphere or color field.” The resulting paintings, created in thin layers of acrylic, create spacious environments in which elements from material reality peaceably coexist with fragments of emotion and recall. The works are sensitive, subtle and honest. Often, they are aesthetically pleasing but always they are beautiful and truthful. Courageously, the artist does not care what the final painting looks like, as long as it, “tells the truth.” In looking at the finished works, I am again reminded of Ralph Waldo Emerson who wrote in his essay Nature, “The greatest homage we can pay to truth is to use it.”

The survey of works that comprise this exhibition represent just a small percentage from the entirety of an enormous body of work. Jane Booth is an artist who is prolific. One may attribute her industry to the quest to speak an inner vision based in perception of emotion and passion for natural beauty. For ultimately, Jane Booth knows that there is no one truth to be told. Instead, what passes through us; the remembered fragment of conversation, the awareness of love, the originality of each horizon, leaf and breeze, inspires this artist to capture impermanence in pigment, and then to present the beauty of the imperfect image to the viewer as mutually shared treasure.

Download 2012 – Tanya Hartman – Albrecht-Kemper PDF

 

2012 – Lisa Lala – Albrecht-Kemper

Jane Booth Blockbuster Solo Show at Albrecht-Kemper Museum in St. Joseph - by Lisa Lala


Road Trip! Lake daughter Jane Booth (the Booth family has homes at Y1 & Y3) has a career-crowning museum show in St. Joseph. It will be up all summer, through September 2nd. Lake Lotawana is home to many impressive artists, and Jane Booth’s extensive career as an artist is certainly part of that. Jane has had shows in galleries across the country, and was featured last year in Martha Stewart Magazine. Jane’s work is throughout all of the rotating areas on the main floor of the museum. For the show opening, not only was the parking lot full beyond capacity, but the field behind the lot was also full. Museum director, Terry Oldham, said on opening night: “This is a blockbuster show”.

Among the many paintings in this extensive survey of her work are some of the pieces from her recent Lake Lotawana Series. These gorgeous paintings, currently honored in the museum, should eventually find a home in one of our lake’s fantastic homes, don’t you think? A girl with a lot of Lake Lotawana in her heart and memories; at the celebratory dinner afterwards, Jane told a very funny story about Ray Koontz and a catfish in a cove barrel…. from the 70’s! I guess almost no one believed Ray or Jane until it came out in the Lake Lotawana News… Barb, can you dig that up?

As for trip planning – Weston is on the way to or from St. Joseph, so be SURE to make reservations at The Vineyards restaurant in Weston. It is fantastic. That will round out your trip into a real vacation outing and break up the drive. The Vineyards is open Thursday-Sunday. www.thevineyardsrestaurant.com

The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art is open Tuesday-Friday from 10am-4pm and Saturday & Sunday from 1-4pm. www. albrecht-kemper.org

Jane is represented by Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art in the Crossroads Arts District in Kansas City. Work can also be viewed at JaneBooth.com

Download 2012 – Lisa Lala – Albrecht-Kemper PDF