Saddle Road: A Grandmother and Granddaughter Art Exhibit
First Friday Art Opening March 6th, 2020
Ashland Natural Medicine Gallery of Art Presents
Nancy Puterbaugh & Molly McBrayer
Feburary 6th, 2020 – March 31, 2020
Saddle Road, is a colorful story of the ever-changing face of nature/nurture and of two artists from two very different generations who are closely related. Grandmother, Nancy Puterbaugh and Granddaughter, Molly McBrayer for the first time ever are showing their incredible talents together. This 2020 New Year marks 20 years since the passing of her grandmother, Nancy. The combining of these two artists is not just a memorial, but more importantly a touching celebration of the power of inspiration passed down from one generation to another creating a legacy that lasts more than a single lifetime.
Nancy Puterbaugh (Grandmother) a Plein Air Expressionist artist did not start painting until her husband retired. She was used to having her home to herself and when her husband retired she needed something to focus on. Inspired by Vincent Van Gough, she began to paint and soon became very close friends with the famous Bay Area painter, Pam Glover. Pam Glover is well known for her paintings of Caramel valley, San Francisco and creating an equal path for women amongst the great male painters of their time. Nancy studied oil painting with Pam and really began to hone in on her natural talent. She painted everything. She understood that the scenes in which she painted were not permanent and as a result, she would paint in the moment to honor what she was experiencing with her own eyes. With each short, quick brush stroke Nancy wanted to capture the fleeting moments of light and color.
Molly McBrayer (Granddaughter) is a local Ashland artist and mother of two young children ages, five and two. A self-taught graphic designer she was always in awe of her grandmother’s paintings. When Molly visited Nancy she would excitedly run into the house to find the newest arrangement of paintings displayed in Salon style, covering the walls from top to bottom. Molly would stand in front of the artwork and just take it all in mesmerized by the color, composition and unique variety of work. “She’s the reason why art is ingrained in my very being,” McBrayer explains. “Art is a part of me.”
Molly’s grandmother’s bold use of color, soft edges, and recognizable landscapes have inspired her recently to take her own artist risks. Molly states, “My grandmother obsessed with the act of painting the outside. With a fresh look at my grandmother’s paintings, she inspired me to obsess with bringing the outside in.”
Molly’s newest artworks are mini art installations created inside a simple frame. These intricate, fragile yet vibrant installations of 500 plus local flowers, leaves and sticks draw the viewer in to look closer at the finer details of each natural wonder. When you look at them from a distance they become waves of bold textured color. They’re so beautiful that you’ll want to touch them.
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