Farnham to showcase work of Dena Tollefson and Mary Zeran

The paintings of Dena Tollefson and Mary Zeran will kick off the 2014 season at Farnham Galleries on the Simpson College campus.

The exhibit is scheduled to run from Jan. 14 through Feb. 13. An artist reception will be held from 5-6 p.m. on Feb. 13 in Farnham Galleries, located in Mary Berry Hall, 701 N. C St.

Tollefson is a native Iowa professional artist who lives in Cedar Rapids. Her “Daubism” body of work is a unique process she developed, in which “daubs” of individually mixed oil paint are applied with a palette knife.

The largest daubs are applied with a serving spoon, allowing ridges of paint that catch the light and appear to dance as the viewer moves past the painting. Many describe her work as low relief sculpture in oil paint.

Zeran also lives in Cedar Rapids. She is an assembler, whose undulating brushstrokes are a synthesis of movement, emotion and shape flowing from her family’s artistic traditions.

She has exhibited nationally at galleries in New York, Seattle and Los Angeles.

Farnham Galleries is open from 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, although additional hours can be scheduled upon request. For more information, call 515-961-1486.

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