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by Lindsay Cowles, guest blogger, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden 
Cheers to Art! Silent art auction fundraiser for Children’s Garden is Thursday, March 21, at 6 p.m. Cheers to Art! is A chance to buy local art and support the Children’s Garden  at the same time. Admission includes hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, and live music by Emme St. James and her Jazz Gentlemen.  Local artist Lindsay Cowles is this year’s Signature Artist. 

Untitled 411-, by Lindsay Cowles

Untitled 411-, by Lindsay Cowles

I am so  honored to be this year’s Signature Artist for Cheers to Art. Since I am a Richmond native, it is extremely important to me to give back to my community — to foster growth, development and education in our society and our youth. Cheers to Art supports all of those elements by helping to promote hands-on education and experiences for children through their beautiful grounds and Children’s Garden programming.

I have chosen to donate Untitled 411  (36”x36” oil on canvas) for the Cheers to Art auction. The movement in this piece is fluid and organic. To me, it mimics the flow of water down river, constantly moving past rocks and trees in a seemingly haphazard path. The bright orange and purple, along with the subtle blues and yellows evoke both calming and energetic emotions. And to the lucky winner of Untitled 411 — I am also donating a $500 gift certificate towards any original piece of work in my studio!

Untitled 926- 40"x40" oil on canvas

Untitled 926- 40″x40″ oil on canvas

My art is inspired by raw texture, movement and color — many of the elements found in nature. Fundamental elements of my works are focused in the interplay of color and the layering and texturing of the paints. Each painting’s composition develops organically as the work moves through each layer and stage, until it is complete.

Untitled 928- 30"x30" oil on canvas

Untitled 928- 30″x30″ oil on canvas

I produce my work out of Plant Zero in Manchester — right over the Mayo’s Bridge.

All of my original paintings are oil on canvas.  I also make prints of my original paintings, stretched on gallery-wrapped frames. In addition to originals and prints, I also produce fabrics and wallpapers through Spoonflower. I have partnered with a couple of clothing designers based in NYC on their prints— CCH Collection, by Carter Johnston (who is from Richmond); and Hunter Dixon for Anthropologie UK.

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