Artist Reception: Magic of the Land

Artist Reception: Magic of the Land

Artist Reception: Magic of the Land

Featuring Paintings of Carol Beesley, Jim Keffer, and Karl Brenner

Please join us for an Artist Reception for Magic of the Land at Myriad Gardens Crystal Bridge Conservatory from 12-1 pm. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

Carol Beesley, MFA, is a professor emeritus of art at The University of Oklahoma where she taught painting, drawing, ceramics, art history, and humanities for 24 years before moving to Santa Fe in 1997. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to study art history at Columbia University, Beesley received an M.A. in ceramics from the University of Dallas and an M.A. in American Literature from the University of Kentucky, before receiving her MFA from the University of California in Los Angeles. In 2007, after Beesley received a commission to create four monumental paintings for the Catlett Music Center on the OU Norman Campus as well as several murals for the Schusterman Learning Center on the OU Tulsa campus, Beesley moved back to Oklahoma. Known for her distinctive large paintings of the American landscape, Beesley is a serious collector of photographs and contributor to the collection at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at OU.

Jim Keffer is a self-taught artist. His work is born from a lifetime of observing places in the landscape and places of the heart. He started painting when he was 47 years old and says, “My past journeys are connected to my future travels and I have an infinite source of places, thoughts, and things to paint in my style which I call modern primitive.” Painting for him comes from a primal place. Also drawing inspiration from Matisse who said, “A painting is a moment in the life of the artist not a moment of nature.” As his painting journey has progressed, Keffer has come to own this as his truth. From his studio near Guthrie, Oklahoma, Keffer, now 67, continues painting and observing with his wife, Laurie, a dog, and numerous cats. He calls his studio “Rhythms.” Keffer says he will retire when the brush falls from his hand.

Living and Painting landscapes in and around Durango, Colorado has occupied Karl Brenner’s life since retiring from surgical practice. The special color harmonies, the interesting perspectives in nature, and the changing seasons keep drawing him back outdoors to paint on site. Despite the gusts of wind which blow down his easel, and the freezing temperatures which occasionally render the oil paint too stiff to use, he waits for that rare moment when everything comes together, and a worthwhile “heartfelt declaration” happens.