Opening: Octavia Art Gallery Presents Carmen Almon & Emily Farish.

Saturday, December 4, 2021 -
3:00pm to 7:00pm
Octavia Art Gallery
700 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA

Exhibition Dates: December 4 - 30

Inspired by classic 17 th and 18 th century botanical illustration, Carmen Almon endeavors to represent the fragility of a moment in time, creating not botanical replicas of nature but rather her personalinterpretation of her memory of a particular plant, flower, branch or bud, from its roots to its fruits. Working with copper, brass, and enamel paint, she conjures all of the delicacy and fragility found in herown gardens by cutting them and forming each leaf and petal by hand. Because each piece takes so long tocomplete, few are realized each year, which makes them rare treasures.
Emily Farish is inspired by the botanicals she finds on urban hikes in the Bay Area and in the NYCFlower District neighborhood. Through direct observation, she carefully renders the flowers, leaves, andstems just as they are- sometimes rumpled or wilting- with charcoal on mould-made paper from France. Each drawing begins with the concept of wabi-sabi, the Japanese philosophy that celebrates the beauty ofthings imperfect and impermanent. Emily hopes that her drawings remind viewers to embrace the beautyin their own imperfections and impermanence.
Almon grew up in Barcelona and Washington DC and resides in San Miguel de Allende, MX. Her workshave been exhibited at the Chinese Porcelain Gallery, NY; and Octavia Art Gallery, TX and LA, as wellas featured at art fairs worldwide. She was recently written up by Frederic Magazine, Architectural Digest,The New York Times, and Martha Stewart Living magazine, and her works are found in prestigiousprivate and public collections throughout the United States and Europe.
Farish currently splits her time between San Francisco and New York City. Her education includes a BFAfrom Auburn University and postgraduate study at The New York Studio School. She regularly exhibitsher work in galleries throughout the Southeastern US and California. Her work has been recently featuredin Atlanta Homes Magazine, Luxe Magazine SF and Studio Arts Magazine.

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