In the University Libraries Gallery during November and December is A Brush With Nature by Frances Topping. The artwork includes nature themes and landscapes in watercolor and oil. Sketchbooks will also be on display.
Receptions will be held on Sunday, November 14 from 2 pm to 4 pm and on Wednesday, November 17 from 4 pm to 6 pm.
The exhibit consists of numerous works featuring plants, animals and landscapes primarily in watercolor and oil. Graphite and pen are also used. Also included will be a display of the artistís sketchbooks.
Take a closer look at a variety of natureís offerings rendered primarily in watercolor. Included are botanicals, landscapes, birds, and fungi. By taking a close-up view the artist hopes you will be encouraged to look more closely at the world around you; take time to observe, explore the endlessly fascinating way the natural world is created.
The artistís passion for rendering these subjects in paint leads to a variety of styles from very realistic to more loosely rendered as the subject seems to require.
A Closer Look
About the Artist
Frances Topping responds to the challenge of capturing not only the beautiful but also the less noticed parts of the natural world. A watercolorist primarily she also uses graphite, pen and ink, oil, and acrylic media. A B.S. in geography with botany and zoology; a B.F.A. in graphic design with illustration and photography; and a certificate in natural science illustration from Rhode Island School of Design have melded her interests in depicting the natural world on paper for scientific and general audiences. She hopes that viewers will be encouraged to look closer at the natural world around them, appreciate it and help preserve it.
She is a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, The American Society of Botanical Artists, and the National Association for Interpretation. Her work has been shown with these societies, venues in Ohio and Rhode Island and has been commissioned to do murals and interpretive brochures for several nature organizations including The Nature Conservancy, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Metroparks, Ohio Audubon, Cleveland Botanical Garden and South Kingstownís Tri-Pond Park Nature Center.
The University Libraries Gallery is located on the main floor of the Robert L. Carothers Library & Learning Commons, 15 Lippitt Road, Kingston, RI 02881. Library hours are:
For more information, please call (401) 874-2672.