News & Reviews
This interview with PHILIP LEDERER appeared in SRQ Daily May 24, 2019
FLAG Brings Annual Statewide Exhibition to Ringling College
“From Local FLAG Area Director Lolly Owens, who oversees FLAG membership in Sarasota, Manatee, Highlands, Hardee, Glades, DeSoto and Charlotte counties and has been planning the exhibition for the past two years. Many people are buying very large paintings to enhance their homes, she says, and we’ve decided to do just the opposite, to give people another perspective on art.”
Image: Atraxis by Lolly Owens
Marty Fugate, Correspondent for the Sarasota Herald Tribune had this to say:
"…Lolly Owens’ nonobjective paintings are as striking as ever. Her "Joy" catches your eye with a swirling vortex of bright, acrylic colors,
a maelstrom of yellow, white and red, interspersed with bold, black brushstrokes." in his article entitled "Pen Women exhibit offers 23 flavors of art at Ringling College", which appeared June 4, 2017.
"Lolly is a creative force that constantly evolves. She has the ability to
improvise and manipulate her art with organic and cerebral manifestations of materials that are unique, highly creative
and beautiful. We have a giclee of 'Out of My Head' and originals of 'Falling Water', 'Inna 1', and 'Jazz Man', as well
as several smaller works. My personal favorite is 'Jazz Man' as it expresses the history of the man's life and soul in his face.
In sum, Lolly is like a creative investigator who is constantly looking for clues and evidence with which to create remarkable,
unique and beautiful art." - Ron Thiessen III, collector
"As an expressive artist, Lolly Owens captures the essence of her imagery through her vibrant
colors and textures in her mixed media artworks. She has created a unique visual language by personalizing the symbols within the
artworks. Their inventive and unique qualities add to the whimsy and seriousness of Lolly's interpretation of her
artistic journey." - Joanna Coke, MFA, artist and instructor
Awards & Shows
The Florida Artists Group 70th Anniversary Exhibition was held at Foosaner Art Museum, June 6 - July 25, 2020. Lolly’s piece, entitled
“Gratitude 100” was displayed. The work is 48” x 48” x 2”, oil and acrylic on paper.
The International Society of Experimental Artists held its 28th Annual ISEA International Art Exhibition from September 7 through October 26, 2019,
at LowellArts in Lowell, Michigan. Lolly, a Signature Member of ISEA, exhibited her work “Focus On Love”. The exhibition was juried by Joseph Becherer,
director of the Snite Museum of Art.
Members of Florida Artists Group (FLAG), gathered for the 69th Annual Symposium and Exhibition - The Beauty of Small. May 28 - June 20, 2019 at Ringling School of Art + Design, and juried by Lisa L. Cyr.
Lolly’s work “Strength to be Me” was awarded Second Place in the juried Women Contemporary Artists exhibit at Chasen Gallery in Sarasota.
The show opened April 18 and runs through May 11, 2019. Melissa Miller Nece, CPSA, CPX, MAA served as juror for the show.
“Art of the Spirit” A One Woman Show was displayed at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota. The show ran May 20th through July 12, 2018.
In keeping with the theme Art of the Spirit, Lolly’s works represented gratitude, humility, love, peace, courage, joy and strength.
Lolly Owens was one of seven artist invited to display three to four artworks at the Lewis House, The Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College.
An opening reception was held on Thursday, January 18, 2018
Lolly Owens received her Signature Membership to the International Society of Experimental Artists at the Opening Reception, which took place
on October 27, 2017. To achieve this honor, Lolly's artwork was required to be displayed at three international juried art shows. In this international show,
Lolly’s work "Gratitude" was one of 77 selected from 400 submissions to be included.
Lolly’s work "Joy" was on display from May 30 to June 22, 2017 at The Sarasota Branch of the National League of American Pen Women Exhibition at Richard and
Barbara Basch Gallery and Willis Smith Gallery in the Larry R. Thompson Academic Center at Ringling College of Art+Design, Sarasota, FL.
In 2015 Lolly received Honorable Mention for her work entitled "Buoyancy"
from Art Center Manatee: Without Boundaries Exhibit, Maxine Masterfield, juror. Lolly also received Honorable Mention for her work entitled
"That Girl 20" from Art Center Sarasota: At The Heart of It. Jurors were Jerome Chesley and Jill Hoffman-Kowal.
“Kooza” was one of two Lolly Art paintings included in the May, 2013
exhibit which showcased fine art, books and music from the Sarasota Chapter of the National League of American
Pen Women. At the close of the exhibit, “Kooza” was selected for publication in the national magazine The Pen Woman, Spring/Summer, 2013, center pages.
Lolly's work 'Digital Detox' took 2nd place in the acrylics category at
the 2013 Windsor Invitational.
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