Dallas' Janette Kennedy Gallery at South Side on Lamar presents MOQUEQUA

Dallas is in for a treat when Patricia Lowrimore, MD, Dallas psychiatrist and Diane Roston-Shrago, Chicago artist/writer and public relations specialist join together to present an exhibition of their recent paintings. Aptly entitled, 'Moquequa' the showing is a mixture of surreal and exotic abstract work.

Coming or going? (Shrago)

In addition to these wonderful paintings, visitors to the exhibit will experience the loft building, once the massive Sears catalog and distribution warehouse, and now the dwelling for many artists of all types.

Girl at the window (Shrago)

Tricia Lowrimore describes how this exhibit came to be as follows. Diane and I came up with this idea a couple of months ago over dinner.  We both decided it was time to get busy with painting since talking never gets things done.  She wouldn't agree to a one person show, so I agreed to join her.
Our styles are quite different. I usually paint nudes, but have decided instead to experiment with abstraction.  I have painted about 15 so far and each is different so the concept of "a stew" seemed fitting.  The name of the show is "Moquequa" after the Peruvian fish stew of the same name.  It also happens to be what we had for dinner that fateful night with perhaps too much bordeaux.
As a psychiatrist in private practice in Dallas with a subspecialty in neuropsychiatry (behavioral problems related to neurological disorders, spare time is a real luxury for me and though I would prefer to sculpt, I generally paint instead.  I use acrylic on canvas as it dries fast and is a good medium for creating texture.  Abstract painting was my choice because at the end of my day, I need space to turn off my mind and get my brain on something non-critical and non-analytical.  Not having a vision or plan frees me up to be creative. The physicality of painting on large canvases where I may have to move my entire body instead of just my hands is enjoyable.  I look for interesting accidents with color or texture to guide the direction of the painting.

Abstract unamed (Lowrimore)

I have had courses in drawing, painting, sculpting, etc. over the years, mostly before I made the decision in college to go into science and not art.  With no formal art training per se, I have always had a creative outlet of some kind and "artist" is something I have come to include as part of my identity.  Years ago I did illustrations for a square dance pattern company and portraits of tourists for extra money while in college in San Antonio and dabbled with medical and fashion illustration 

My taste for art is similar to my taste for food and wine or for music.  I love a beautiful and interesting composition, but relate more to the impact it has on my senses than the content.  Artists whose work particularly interests me are those who paint from an original and idiosyncratic perspective:  The "margin-pushers", Picasso, Klee, Dali, Pollock, Kandinski, Rothko, etc. 
It's the experience of the art I'm after, the magnitude of beauty that is sometimes possible when a person really stretches far and beyond the concrete with their creative urges.

Rocking horse (Shrago)

Diane Shrago tells her story. My background is in fine arts having studied at the Boston Museum School and in Florence, Italy.  My work has been exhibited in New York City and Canada. 
My paintings are acrylic on canvas.  The subject matter is representational with a psychological twist.  There is a quality of isolation to each one of them. I think that my subjects reflect the inability of human beings to truly communicate with each other on both a personal and global level. Color is an important symbolic element in my work.  Blue toward somber, red toward life essences.  People in my landscapes represent human kind and normally are reduced to basic elements. The landscapes are for the most part menacing and bleak representations. I don't think anyone will ever collect my works to merely decorate their walls to match their furniture. Interior designers won't find the perfect complement for their clients' ultra-suede sofa but if someone appreciates thought provoking creative work they just may appreciate my paintings.
My favorite painters are: Rembrandt, Georgia O'Keeffe, Francis Bacon, Edvard Munch. and sculptors are Henry Moore and Jean Arp.

Sara (Shrago)

This free exhibit at South Side on Lamar, 1409 South Lamar, Dallas, TX will be shown as follows: May 25 and 26, 7-11 p.m., Saturday, May 27th OPENING 7-11 p.m., May 28 and 29 2-7 p.m. Valet parking available. Phone: 214-485-7526 or 214-505-9189 for further information.

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