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Local artists and Sanibel Captiva Art League members Joan Tangren Reynolds and Kathy Taylor are exhibiting their art throughout December at the Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way. The Community House is currently open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. The exhibit is also available as a virtual show on the website 24 hours a day at www.sanibelcommunityhouse.net.
Joan Tangren Reynolds currently works in oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, ink and wax. The subject matter in her paintings has remained the same, however, for quite some time – landscapes, both urban and rural. Painting directly on site, Plein Air, has been a whole new inspiration. Joan says, “Simplifying and composing a painting onsite is constantly a challenge.” Originally from St. Paul, MN, Joan chose a career as a nurse anesthetist. Then Joan took an art class from a former Norman Rockwell student, Bill Forse. Soon Joan was exhibiting in MN, WI, ND, IA, and NB.
As for analyzing why she does what she does, Joan explains, “Most instructors say some people are natural painters. They tend not to internalize things but just paint what they see. I guess I am one of those. I see color.” Joan’s goal is to have the viewer feel what she is feeling as she is painting.
Kathy Taylor’s watercolors feature scenes of Southwest Florida. “Our islands and long seashore feature beautiful views that are ideal for painting,” says Kathy. “I have chosen watercolor because of the spontaneity and freshness of the medium. My technique features a gentle blending of colors and transparency. I strive to capture the beautiful colors of Florida in my seascapes and landscapes. I especially enjoy painting on location with outdoor painting groups at Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel.”
Kathy has been painting for more than 30 years.
With a PhD in physical chemistry from Northwestern University, Kathy worked for 31 years at the General Motors Research Laboratory where she was Director for the Materials and Processes Laboratory and also served as Chief Scientist for General Motors of Canada, Ltd. before retiring. Now she resides on Sanibel in the winter and Cape Cod in the summer. Married to a native of Italy, Kathy now paints part of the year in Italy. She has served on the Board on the Fort Myers Beach Art Association and was the president SanCap Art League 2013-2015.