Art review: Show at Oklahoma City's Crystal Bridge captures wonder of nature

Deborah Kaspari is a Norman artist of birds, animals and landscapes. Her art show at Oklahoma City’s Crystal Bridge lobby captures the wonder of nature.
Oklahoman Modified: April 24, 2014 at 4:58 pm •  Published: April 25, 2014
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The wonder of nature is captured, with understated lyricism, in “Drawing From the Tropics,” a show by Deborah Kaspari in the Crystal Bridge Lobby gallery of Myriad Botanical Gardens.

Kaspari is a Norman artist of birds, animals and landscapes. Her paintings and drawings are built from sketchbook pages and journals filled during her travels to the rainforests of Panama and Peru.

The pale green of the background and leafy foliage gives just enough color to her otherwise austere gray-tan study of the mighty tree trunks of an “Emerald Garden” in Panama, for example.

In somewhat similar fashion, “Blue Light” nicely accents her graphite drawing of a palm plant on tan paper, with leaves collecting beneath it, providing an “understory,” of sorts.

A mottled yellow-green backdrop is even more vibrant, contrasting with the red feathers and blue shadows of a long-tailed Rufous Motmot, flying away from a tree’s dark, y-shaped trunk in “Escape With Me.”

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ART REVIEW

‘Drawing From the Tropics’

Where: Crystal Bridge lobby gallery of Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W Reno.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through May 29.

Information: 445-7091 or 445-7080 or www.myriadgardens.org.

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