Central Coast artist and teacher Lynnae Lane captures the joy of gardening in new exhibition | Art
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] – Volume 23, Number 25
Central Coast artist and teacher Lynnae Lane captures the joy of gardening in new exhibition
By CALEB WISEBLOOD
Roses, poppies, sunflowers and cacti are among the subjects found in Lynnae Lane’s paintings on display in a new garden-themed exhibition. Lane based about half of the paintings featured on the show on plants found in a garden near her home in Orcutt.
The other half was inspired by Lane’s “beautiful secret garden” in Fresno, where she lived before moving to Orcutt about four years ago. The garden was set in her old garden, which she described as “a complete open canvas” before she started planting flowers.
“There was nothing in it except grass. The only thing green was the lawn,” Lane said during a tour of his new art exhibit at the Santa Maria Airport. “When I lived there for nine years, you couldn’t see the fence. The whole place was bursting with color and vibrant, living art.
Lane’s exhibit debuted at the airport in early August and will remain on display until the end of September. The exhibit is titled The Miracle of Spring and SUNsational Summer and features a collection of acrylic paintings and watercolors by Lane.
Each work on display is available for sale, with prices ranging from $65 to $450.
“Each piece represents different feelings, emotions, time of year or time in my life,” Lane said.
For example, the artist recalled how his painting, Botanical beautiesreminds him of the spring of 2020, around the start of the pandemic.
“When I was painting Botanical beauties back home, that’s when COVID hit really hard,” said Lane, who added that it was so quiet during this time in her neighborhood that “you could hear a penny falling outside.”
For over 25 years, Lane worked as a children’s art teacher. She taught classes in towns on the Central Coast, including Orcutt and Nipomo. She currently teaches art classes in Arroyo Grande.
“I mainly teach TK to sixth graders,” Lane said. “It’s my privilege to teach children and share the inspiration of creativity and thinking outside the box.”
Between teaching art classes, painting, and gardening, Lane enjoys hiking, paddleboarding, and ballroom dancing in her spare time. Lane also creates greeting cards and bead and glass jewelry. In October, she plans to attend a craft fair in Cambria.
“I like to say that I live a fruitful life rather than a busy one. Because busy just means spinning wheels. And I’m not, I have a purpose,” Lane said. “My goal is to inspire children and inspire everyone around me to truly enjoy the beauty of nature.”
Lane said she hopes her new art exhibit at the airport will encourage viewers to visit the local garden that inspired many of her paintings, which is located across from the Old Town Market.
“I hope everyone has the opportunity to walk past Orcutt’s Enchanted Window Garden on Clark Avenue in Old Town Orcutt and truly appreciate the immense colors and all that blooms from it, especially in this moment this summer,” said Lane, a member of Valley Art Gallerywhich hosts rotating artist showcases at Santa Maria Airport.
“I’m so happy to share this exhibit with everyone, especially my art students,” Lane said. “I hope they get a chance to come here and see what their art teacher has done.”
Lane has described her paintings featured in The Miracle of Spring and SUNsational Summer as “whimsical, enchanting, playful, colorful and joyful”.
“I don’t want my paintings to be too serious,” said Lane, who added that the scenic artwork currently on display at the airport doesn’t fully reveal his wide range as an artist. “I also paint abstracts, but looking at all that, you would have no idea, would you?”
Send gardening tips to Arts Editor Caleb Wiseblood at email@example.com.