Artwork of Oklahoma Contemporary Artist on Display at Bank of America Leadership Square

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Beginning May 1, the artwork of Oklahoma artist, Brooke Rowlands will be on display at Bank of America Leadership Square at 211 North Robinson Avenue in Oklahoma City.

Brooke’s floral series is inspired by memories of her grandmother through delicate floral illustrations and colorful monotype backgrounds.

For this body of work, Brooke invoked some of her fondest memories with her Grandmother; those when she showed Brooke how to flower press. The beautiful flowers, fragile and delicate, were preserved like they were placed in the book yesterday. Even at an early age Brooke knew how special it was to hold onto these flowers over the years; to remember the day they were picked or received as a gift.

For this series, Brooke has taken her love for her Grandmother and flowers, and created a body of work translating what her grandmother showed her when she was a small child, but with a twist. Brooke created her “book” with monotype backgrounds created using a printing press. The flowers were left black and white to focus the attention on the detail of the flower. Taking the color out of the flower and moving it to the background expresses Brooke's love for something much deeper and less superficial.

Born and raised in Trenton, New Jersey, Brooke’s passion for creativity began at an early age with her Grandmother’s influence in the arts. As a self-taught artist, Brooke has been a proud resident of Oklahoma for nine years. Her work consists of refined illustrations of an array of flowers, fish and birds, working in mediums such as ink, acrylics, watercolors and more recently monotype printing.

Enjoy this series from May 1 – June 28, 2013 at Leadership Square. Learn more about Brooke Rowlands at http://cityartscenter.org/Web_v2/exhibits/off-site-exhibits/brooke-rowlands/.

About Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center
Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, formerly City Arts Center, is a regional 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that encourages artistic expression in all its forms through education and exhibitions. Founded in 1989 by businessman and philanthropist Christian Keesee and Kirkpatrick Foundation Director Marilyn Myers, Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center offers contemporary arts exhibitions throughout the year, free to the public, as well as youth art camps, adult art classes and workshops, lectures and independent film screenings.

For more information, please call 405.951.0000 or visit http://www.oklahomacontemporary.org.
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Contact: Carie Benton
Marketing and Public Relations Manager
405.951.0000
cbenton(at)okcontemp(dot)org

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