Current Exhibition

Margie Prim

The Thick of It                                                                                                May 5 – 31, 2016

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Join us as will celebrate First Thursday, May 5th from 5 – 8 pm with an opening reception for The Thick of It, oil paintings by Margie Prim. The exhibit will feature several recent paintings by the local artist who will be on hand to engage with viewers. A short talk about Prim’s work will be given at 6:15 pm. Light refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend.

Margie Prim delivers quiet scenes with a bold painting technique. From several feet away, all is calm in Prim’s still life and landscape paintings. Upon closer inspection gestural swipes and heavy dabs of color reveal a much more powerful and passionate approach. The technique is known as “impasto,” where the artist often uses a palette knife to apply paint to the canvas so thick that it projects out from the surface.

“Inspiration comes to me by what I see, whether it be plein air or still life,” the quiet artist explains. “Using color, from grays to brights, is always an adventure for me.”

Known for quiet plein air landscape and still life paintings wild with impasto and bold color detail, Margie Prim began her art career in the 1960s in Oklahoma by taking painting lessons. She laid her brushes down until the early 1990s when she again took lessons from Walt Lewis and at the Stan Nossett Art School. Margie continued her studies through memberships in the Minnetrista Art Guild and the Indiana Plein Air Painters. Where many artists work from sketches or photographs in the comfort of their studio, plein air painters work outside, on location, to create their paintings. Prim is adept in both methods.

Prim has shown in the Minnetrista Annual, the Richmond Art Museum Annual, Indiana State Fair, the Women’s Commission Art Exhibit, Redtail Conservancy Open Spaces Exhibit, and the Hoosier Salon. She has won awards at several exhibits and held several one woman exhibits in the region.