Poetic art show celebrates exhibit with closing reception March 11

A collage of three pieces of artwork from the presenting artists.
The Nesbitt Gallery will celebrate Two Voices: Painter and Poet, a show featuring the work of (from left) Corazon Watkins, Betty Wood and Carolyn Faseler, will a closing reception beginning at 6 p.m. March 11. The show, which opened Feb. 21, and the reception are free and open to the public.

Poetic art show celebrates exhibit with closing reception March 11


The Nesbitt Gallery will celebrate a unique art show featuring the work of three artists with a closing artists’ reception at 6 p.m. March 11.

The show and the reception are free and open to the public.

Two Voices: Painter and Poet features the work of three artists, Carolyn Faseler, Corazon Watkins and Betty Wood. The show opened Feb. 21.

Though all three artists’ pieces are unified by the approach of pairing each work with poetry or found text, their unique styles bring a satisfying diversity to the show.

Faseler’s work recalls the geometric abstraction of artists like Piet Mondrian and Wassily Kandinsky while utilizing warm color schemes that soften the sometimes mechanical approach.

Watkins’ work draws from the same abstract inspiration as Faseler’s but retains elements of impressionism, using the suggestion of forms within her softened fields to maintain a human warmth to her pieces.

Wood’s approach is more illustrative with simple figures, rendered in watercolor pencil, being added to found texts, like sheet music or poems.

The poetry that accompanies each piece ranges from famous poets like Ralph Waldo Emerson to haiku masters like Japan’s Matsuo Bashō.

Nesbitt Gallery director Layne Thrift said that he saw similar works by the three artists in a show at Legend’s II in Norman, Oklahoma, and knew he wanted to exhibit it at the gallery.

“I was familiar with all three artists from submissions they had made to our Seven-State Biennial show,” Thrift said. “I thought the concept was outstanding and am excited for our gallery audience to come experience it in person.”

The Nesbitt Art Gallery on the campus of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma was established in June 1997 as the USAO Art Gallery and rechristened in May 2012 to honor the family of Charles and Margôt Nesbitt, its most generous patrons.

Charles Nesbitt (1921-2007) served as Oklahoma’s ninth Attorney General (1963-67). Margôt Nesbitt served for many years as Reverend Canon for St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Oklahoma City before her retirement.

The Nesbitt Gallery has the particular mission to promote the visual arts of the Central Oklahoma Region with a special concern for the expressions of the diverse cultures and the role that educators have played in forming those expressions.

The gallery is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

More information about the show and reception can be obtained by calling 574-1374 or by visiting /gallery.