june, 2018

thu07jun6:00 pmFirst Thursdays with Patricia Rhoden & Rena Brouwer6:00 pm Evansville Museum


(Thursday) 6:00 pm


Evansville Museum

411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville, Indiana 47713-1098

Event Details

The Evansville Museum Gift Shop will host Rena Brouwer & Patrica Rhoden on Thursday, June 7, 2018 from 6:00–8:00 PM. First Thursdays give an opportunity for the public to meet the artist and find out about his or her inspiration and art techniques. First Thursdays are free and open to the public. Appetizers and a cash bar will be available.

In conjunction with Art In Bloom, the Museum Gift Shop will exhibit beautiful floral paintings by Indiana artists, Patricia Rhoden and Rena Brouwer. Both of these artists’ works can be classified as Impressionism and Abstraction, but are so very different in their painting styles and materials. Patricia Rhoden has created impasto painted floral images with oil paint and Rena Brouwer has used alcohol ink or watercolors. While their artwork is representational and vibrantly colored, each style diverges. Rhoden’s impasto application creates heavy ridges by her brush strokes that suggest movement and have a tactile quality. With washes and light brush strokes, Brouwer’s paintings have a weightless feeling to them. Brouwer’s images seem ethereal and are sometimes floating in the picture frame while Rhoden’s images are anchored to ground as depicted in the landscape. The exhibition will be colorful and stunning with the artists’ work intermingled for compare and contrast.

About the Artists

Retired Art Teacher, Patricia Rhoden earned her Bachelors of Art Ed. at the University of Toledo, a MA and a MFA at the Bowling Green State University. Her early studies were at the Penland School of Crafts learning printmaking, glass blowing, foundry and sculptures. Aside from her MA and MFA, her post-bachelors studies included Chinese Painting and Eastern Traditional Water Color Techniques, University of Hawaii and graduate classes at Portland State University. Rhoden is a prolific artist painting in her gallery, Rhoden Art in Nashville, Indiana.

Rena Brouwer is a self-taught artist having begun her artistic career in high school. She has studied under Zolton Szabo, Christopher Schink, Charles Reid and other accomplished artists. Upon graduating high school, she started working in visual design. She has helped international fine art companies promote their products, taught watercolor nationwide, and served for art organizations as well as many more professional achievements. In the fall of 2015, Brouwer reopened the Opera House Gallery of Contemporary Art in Delphi, Indiana. She is an Indiana Artisan, member of the Brown County Art Guild, Indiana Artists Club and Cardinal Fellow member of the Watercolor Society of Indiana, Hoosier Salon and Indiana Plein Air Painters Association.