Review: Tulsa Girls Art School raises environmental awareness through painted landscapes

The Tulsa Community College Center (TCC) for Creativity held an exhibition benefiting the Tulsa Girls Art School (TGAS).

The school was founded in 2007. Its goal is to empower underserved girls of elementary to high school age by focusing on understanding and appreciation of art and the life of an artist.

The TGAS exhibit at TCC included a remarkable collection of tree landscapes painted by girls from 9 to 17 years old.

Twelve year old Brygndy Trout depicted trees in spiral forms in front of a bright blue background. Huge brown flowers are placed on the foreground green hill. The yellow sun in the left upper corner is large with orange flames. The painting is called “Twisty Trees.” The color palette and spiral lines remind of Vincent Van Gough’s “Starry Night.” It makes a viewer sad and happy at the same time. Happy, because the painting celebrates natural beauty. Sad, because the rustic brown colors of the tree trunks and flowers make someone think about late fall or environmental damage on the planet.

Another remarkable work at the exhibition was “The Tree of Life” collage of four canvases. The TGAS students made leaves of the tree from recycled canvas. They hand painted and embroidered leaves, which change their colors from golden to red, blue, violet, and green to represent the four seasons. Waves of red bark on the tree trunk and branches symbolizes toxic environments with wastes produced by industries.

Other festive and creative tree landscapes were painted by Emma Baumgarten, age 12, “Lights of Hope,” and Kyla Gougler, age 9, “Leaves of Fall.”
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