THIS ARTIST RECEPTION HAS BEEN CANCELLED - THE EXHIBIT WILL REMAIN ON DISPLAY THROUGH APRIL 26
*All art will be on display in the River Center Art Gallery on weekends only from March 7 through April 26 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Admission to the River Center and River Center Art Gallery is free
Fresno born sculptor, painter and poet Margaret Hudson (1927-2020)Fresno born sculptor, painter, and poet Margaret Hudson (1927-2020)became widely known for her clay sculptures of playful animals and joyful children in the 1970s. Over the next two decades, Hudson explored the limits of clay, constructing large animals and abstract “growth forms” from sculpted clay segments. In the winter of 1990, while Hudson was working on a series of large sculptures, a sudden freeze caused the wet clay to crumble. Hudson dealt with this frustration by trying something new, she put down her clay, picked up a brush, and began to let out the urge to play with color that had been building over two decades of working in brown clay.
Hudson discovered her signature subject as a painter, flowers, after a trip to Europe. While working in her garden she was struck by a similarity between the interior of cathedrals and the inside of a tulip flower. Hudson portrayed the sacred spaces she found inside flowers in her large vibrant paintings of tulips, roses, and camellia flowers. Hudson, the flower became a personal symbol and a form of self-reflection, her works ranging from representative depictions to abstract bursts of color and energy that seek to capture her emotional state during painting. After she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and as she aged, Hudson drew and painted flowers that were wilted, damaged or worm-eaten, showing both the fragility and the beauty of these imperfect blooms.