Ann Walbert's 60 years of art on display at IMA

Ann Walbert - Contributed photo
Ann Walbert
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The San Juan Islands Museum of Art will be opening a new exhibition of paintings done by Ann Walbert from Oct. 15 through Nov. 12

The exhibition will begin with an opening reception and memorial, “A Special Tribute to Ann,” on Saturday, Oct. 15, 5 - 8 p.m. at the IMA Museum, 285 Spring Street.

Walbert, who died on Aug. 23, worked from her studio for the final years of her life.  While her paintings were sold throughout the country, islanders acquired many of her finest works, which will be loaned out for this exhibit.  The showing will also include a few representative paintings completed during Walbert’s years in Carmel, Calif.

Walbert’s work included many brilliantly executed realistic landscapes and still life paintings, but she was most critically acclaimed for oil on canvas paintings in a style that has become known as “atmospheric abstracts.”  These paintings are typically expressionistic interpretations of landscape subjects with abstract treatment of the material. Walbert was noted for her imaginative and disciplined application of form and color and for mastery of brushwork. She received numerous professional awards and was featured in several individual showings.

The exhibit represents the culmination of 60 years of effort by a gifted artist.

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