“Going Away Without Moving”

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PHILADELPHIA, PA: Brooke Lanier Fine Art will be hosting an exhibition of paintings that explore different ways to depict water and the landscapes that surround it. The paintings in “Going Away Without Moving” serve as a means of escape. They are invitations to restorative, peaceful places where one can contemplate the sublime expanse of open sky and the beauty in mundane details.

Some of the paintings in this exhibition are so enormous they fill the viewer’s peripheral vision, functioning more as environments than two-dimensional images. Others serve as windows into scenes that call forth memories and appeal to the imagination. Lanier paints her favorite places with a meditative attention to minutia, such as patterns of weeds and reflections in water, with a care that evokes an empathetic response. People “recognize” these locations as sites significant to their own biographies, even though the actual geographic locations are nowhere near each other.

“Going Away Without Moving” is open to the general public on Thursday, September 24th and Friday, September 25th from 5-8 pm. During these times, there will be light refreshments and informal artist talks. Anyone wishing to view the work at another time is encouraged to contact brooke.lanier@gmail.com or 507-358-1596 to make an appointment.

Brooke Lanier earned her Masters of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Tyler School of Art, where she spent her first year of graduate school studying in Rome, Italy. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has shown her work in Rome, Italy; Prague, Czech Republic; and across the United States, most notably in The Smithsonian Institute’s S. Dillon Ripley Center and the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Established in 2012, Brooke Lanier Fine Art is a multi-purpose space that serves as a gallery, classroom, and studio. When it is not being used as a gallery, Brooke Lanier teaches private drawing and painting lessons and makes her own work in this space. Brooke Lanier Fine Art is conveniently located in Center City Philadelphia in The Camac Center, a building adjoining the 12th Street Gym. 201 S. Camac Street is nestled between Walnut, Locust, 12th and 13th streets.