Mr. John Russell, Learning Village Grades 4 – 8 art teacher, will be exhibiting oil paintings at Top Knot Studio in September and October. Opening on Sept. 6, the “Luminosity” exhibition is a culmination of ideas about light, radiance, color harmony, in landscapes, and light within and without.
“We live, move, and breathe in this iridescence,” said Russell.
“For over forty years I have studied the paintings of Monet, Cezanne, Renoir, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Vermeer, and my beloved teacher Anne Truitt. Rainer Maria Rilke wrote ‘Work of sight is done, now do heart work on the pictures within you.’ I have come to find, like Rilke, that it is how we interpret the world around us, in our own heart, that really matters. It is about sharing our story and connecting with others as we all walk in that same light.
As a full-time art teacher, Russell has not often had the opportunity to paint for extended periods. Yet he has recognized that in his periods of greatest creativity he connects the most with the students he teaches.
“As a co-learner with my students, I share the frustrations of the blank canvas or paper, the excitement of new ideas, and an appreciation of the encouragement of peers, from even the tiniest hint of success,” he said.
“Luminosity” will formally open Sept. 6 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Top Knot Studio (103 5th St. SE). It will run through October.
Pictured, Russell’s depiction of wildflowers on the Learning Village campus in early spring. Photo courtesy of John Russell.