Year of Blooms, National Arboretum Canberra
is an art project created by Canberra artist Valentyna Crane. The collection of original paintings capture the trees blooming not only during spring, but also through summer, autumn and even winter. Go on a journey through the seasons of the Arboretum.
All works are for sale via The Curatoreum gift shop.
Open from 15 February to 15 March 2010 from 10.00am to 4.00pm.
This exhibition of original paintings conveys Valentyna Crane’s passion for the Arboretum’s vistas, skies and forests through the changing seasons.
"Throughout the year I visit the Arboretum again and again: I'm drawn to this place, to the vista, the skies, the forests. When I see a landscape that fills my gaze and overwhelms my soul with its magnificence, my wish is to share that feeling by producing work that will catch your eye and reach into your soul. That's how this project was born."
Valentyna follows Contemporary Impressionism, the style that focuses on the effects of changing light and weather, concentrates on feelings of moving air and emotions of the particular landscape scene.
Every painting in the exhibition has its own story. Every time the artist was moved by the overwhelming moment of now and wanted to capture and share that experience with the audience.
Valentyna is a professional landscape painter trained in one of the oldest (founded in 1922) art schools in the former USSR, with clear lineage to the famed Imperial Academy of Arts, one of the organisations that adopted Impressionism from its French creators and brought it into the 20th Century.
Yet Valentyna is an Australian artist, who re-discovered the techniques and knowledge she learned in a very different place, in the context of the nature, history and social fabric of Australia. She also holds a Masters degree in Architecture and Landscape Design.