Susan Lawson Bouma, painter and board member of the Vero Beach Museum of Art, will hold a solo exhibition in March at the Center for Spiritual Care. The show, titled Borrowed Spaces, will open March 1 with an artist’s reception from 5 to 7.
Bouma has painted privately for close to 50 years. She transitioned into abstract painting about seven years ago when she began studying under Deborah Gooch at the Vero Beach Museum. In that time, Bouma has “reached a remarkable degree of competence in her expressionistic abstractions,” according to critic and commentator Ellen Fischer.
In a recent exhibition at John’s Island, only Bouma’s “Abstract #5” showed a resolute commitment to pure abstraction, Fischer said. “Over a painterly field of gray, pale blue and ochre, a blood-red patch of paint floats above the composition’s center, like an ominous cloud. Black marks scattered across the canvas add to the painting’s mystery, like indecipherable calligraphy.”
Bouma divides her time between her homes in Vero Beach, where she maintains her art studio, Lake Forest, Illinois, and Squirrel Island, Maine.
Her show will be open to the public by appointment and Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. The Center is located at 1550 24th St., two blocks north of the Main Public Library. Call for more information, 772-657-1233.