Artists let ability shine at show

Art is always about ability. Lots of them, actually. The ability to see the essence of things. The ability to express that inner substance through a particular medium. The ability (and courage) to put your feelings, yourself into a work and to let others see who you really are. The ability to make yourself just do it. The ability to know you are an artist.

Right now, in the Carroll Arts Center’s Tevis Gallery, “Art That’s About Ability” features more than 90 works in a range of mediums and styles.

Ray Wallace used tempera paints, both primary and secondary colors, layered with thick brush strokes, blues, orange, yellow, early spring green, a hint of black and white, in an abstract composition, “Kayaking Adventure. “He looks down from above on a boat gliding through the water, nothing extraneous to draw the focus away from his subject. You can almost feel the motion and the cool spray rising from the paddle.

In another abstract tempera work, Betty Sue Weiber used a limited palette, yellow, black, white and pink, to explore a “Hawaiian Flower,” finding all of its surfaces at once, reminiscent of Picasso. Large and striking, Weiber’s painting captures the softness of the petals as it draws the viewer in.

In “Town Pride,” Jimmy Johnson has created a mixed media cityscape, buildings of all heights, windows glowing, dark streets barely visible between them, against a horizon bright with swirls of color, illuminating everything. Somewhat abstracted, this city is very real, pulsing with urban energy.

Tim Klim defines a “Linear Landscape” with the eye of a true abstract painter, using watercolors to represent the basic elements of his scene. Using complex mixed colors, Klim gives his work a quiet, but not somber feel, like a late afternoon in a shaded enclave. An autumn tree with multicolored leaves drifting downward is the focus of Colleen Cole’s watercolor, “Fall Colors Falling,” bright with the intensity of that season’s sunlight.

A touch of whimsy highlights Julie O’Marra’s “Two Cats Under A Striped Sky.” The blue and pink stripes run perpendicular to the green and yellow stripes on the lawn where two stately cats in complementing earthtones are enjoying a leisurely day. Trees, asymmetrically placed add interest and frame the scene perfectly.

Julie O'Marra used oil pastels to create "Two Cats Under a Striped Sky" on display in "Art That's About Ability" at the Carroll Arts Center through March 31.

Greg Allen ‘s “Day and Night Owls” are mirror images one right side up,

the other upside down. One might be merely a reflection of the other save for the differences in the sky, and the color changes in their feathers. But, then again, reflections often take on a different tone. Allen will make you smile, and then think.

There are many more artists here, all with abilities that will make your head spin. And all of these artists are clients of The Arc Carroll County, an organization that support people in letting all their abilities shine.

If you go
What: "Art That's About Ability" for Youth Art Month

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday-Sunday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday now through March 31

Where:Tevis Gallery at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main Street in Westminster