On View: December 4, 2021 – January 21, 2022
Tan Armentrout paints all night to capture the images that fill her mind. Rivers and flowers of her native Thailand, reflective waters and forests of her Virginia home, oceans and skies of an enchanted land–Tan captures her visions of nature in land and seascapes, and still life oils on canvas. Her treatment of light and reflections inspire a sense of hope after a long night.
As a fifteen-year-old, Tan met artists in the Thai Air Force, in which her mother served. Their teaching got her started, but she is otherwise self-taught. Still today, the family farm on the Chao Phraya River inspires her use of vivid and verdant colors, with memories of tropical flowers, bananas, coconuts, and mangos. Those colors fill her still life paintings, and the idyllic landscapes of dramatic Thai coastlands.
As a two-decade resident of Virginia, Tan takes inspiration from the hills of the Piedmont and mountains of the Shenandoah. “If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere,” says Tan. She encourages her art students to gain the same calm and peace of mind that she does when she paints: the freedom to forget daily problems, to break the rules, to experiment, and to delight in imagination.
Memory and imagination drive Tan through the night and into the morning as she paints. As the sun sets, her mind fills with the colors of the scene she wants to portray. When morning comes, another completed landscape or still life rests on the easel.
The Light of Hope exhibition will be at the Gaslight Gallery from December 4, 2021 – January 31, 2022. During the month of December, check out the holiday decorations by the Green-Walled Garden Club of Frederick, MD. The Green-Walled Garden Club has taken it upon themselves to handcraft exquisite paper flowers, borrowing colors from Tan Armentrout’s oil painting palette, to decorate for the holidays. The Light of Hope theme will extend outdoors onto Church Street with sparkling lights and a marshmallow toasting station each Saturday during the month of December.
Gaslight Gallery – 118 East Church St., Frederick, MD