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Dual art show on view through Oct. 28 at Oklahoma City gallery.

An exhibit featuring works by Carol Beesley and John Wolfe is on view at JRB Art at the Elms.
BY JOHN BRANDENBURG Published: October 14, 2012

She is a professor emeritus at the University of Oklahoma who returned to Norman from Santa Fe in 2007.

An Oklahoma City artist and former 30-year teacher in Midwest City-Del City schools, Wolfe is showing acrylic paintings of botanical subjects as well as three large outdoor welded steel sculptures.

Particularly rich-hued and inviting are two of his close-up aerial views of red Bromeliad blossoms, while there is something visually seductive about his acrylic of the sunlit leaves of a “Golden Chard” plant. Much more defensive and prickly are the subjects of Wolfe's deftly executed close-ups of “Prickly Pear” and “Agave” cactus plants.

Offering a striking contrast to Wolfe's acrylics are three large, yellowish-brown, rusty looking, welded steel sculptures of semiabstract figures — ranging from over seven to over nine feet tall — in front of the gallery.

The two shows are highly recommended during the rest of their run.

— John Brandenburg