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January 17, 2019 - February 28, 2019 || Reception Friday January 25 from 4-6

The Work of Karen Lang

Off the Beaten Path 

Landscapes, flowers, still life – elements of our daily lives are abstracted and reinvented using a combination of painting techniques - free-flowing watercolors, collage, ink, mono print – sometimes mixed, sometimes standing alone. The subjects are mostly imaginary, but appear familiar to us, with their essence drawn from the surrounding environment. Memories and experiences are reduced to color combinations and shapes; take a walk in the woods, smell the flowers, listen to the birds.

About Karen Lang

A native of Wellsville, New York, my discovery of painting as a form of expression undoubtedly evolved out of a lifelong affinity to music. Even as a small child I wanted to play the piano – a wish my parents finally satisfied by buying an old upright for $20. (In 1957, that was quite an investment.) Violin lessons followed, as well as organ. After completing a Bachelor of Music Ed at Ithaca College, a year of string teaching in Penn Yan and my M.M. In performance at Wichita State University, I felt the need to explore the European roots of our musical and cultural heritage.

With suitcase and fiddle in hand, I set off for Germany and soon landed a job playing violin with the Berliner Symphoniker – an orchestra with which I still regularly perform. Berlin has become my home away from home; here I have my art studio and work as a freelance musician. Regular trips back to western NY State and my “roots” are still very important, though. I look forward to visiting family and friends as well as finding comfort and inspiration in the quiet, rolling hills around Wellsville.
After years of being inspired by the works of others in museums and art exhibits around the world, it was inevitable that I, too, pick up a paintbrush. Painting offers freedoms that are unknown to orchestra musicians and is a wonderful complement to the audible arts. Borderlines between “right” and “wrong“ fade away and the colors of “major“ and “minor“ become visible. Composer, conductor and performer are united as one.