Enjoy the watercolor, acrylic, and oil paintings of Yuri Ozaki and Stacie Thomas, two artists with studios in Lowe Mill in Huntsville, AL.
Closing Reception and Gallery Talk on Saturday, April 29, 2-4 pm.
Exhibition hours: Tuesday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am-5pm
Museum admission: $5 for adults, $3 for students, free for TVAA members
Yuri Ozaki’s body of work on exhibit focuses on her depictions of nature, mostly trees, imbuing them with an almost spiritual quality. Her extreme attention to detail gives a portrait quality to her paintings of trees in faithfully recording textures, colors and the effects of light & shadow.
Yuri Ozaki grew up in a small town in Mie Prefecture on the Kii Peninsula of Japan. The area is known for its unique wet climate and mystical history. This area also features UNESCO World Heritage registered sacred sites and pilgrimage routes. The beauty and mystery of her home region has been a strong influence on Ozaki’s work.
Her favorite subjects have been woodland scenes in the Tennessee Valley as well as her coastal hometown in Japan. Most recently, she has been experimenting with her own imaginary world based on scenes of decay and renewal in nature. She feels connected to her subjects through the texture of watercolor on paper.
Ozaki has been accepted to several national juried shows since 2010 where she has garnered several awards. She is a signature member of the Watercolor Society of Alabama and North East Watercolor Society.
Stacie’s landscape paintings are executed in the plein air technique and draw upon immediate impressions of the subjects. She portrays not only the shapes of her subject but also captures the changing qualities of light, color, and contrasting textures.
Stacie Thomas is a contemporary artist inspired by the people, landscapes, and natural ephemera of the southern Appalachian foothills. Her recent paintings explore suburban natural spaces as a way to connect to these changing and vanishing landscapes. Stacie received her BFA in painting from Tennessee Tech University’s School of Art, Craft, and Design where she also studied at the Appalachian Center for Craft. She later received her MA from TTU as well as a MS in Information Science from the University of Tennessee and served as a public librarian and administrator. After moving to Huntsville, AL in 2018, Stacie returned to painting and currently has a studio at historic Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment.
“Some ideas I enjoy exploring: portraiture, abstract landscapes, and nature. Currently I am exploring plein air painting, as well as working on a series studying the form of trees. I draw inspiration from people watching, nature, travel, and reminiscing with family and friends. Beauty is everywhere, and art is transcendent.” ~ Stacie Thomas