The Luminous Southwestern Landscape
The River of Time Museum and Exploration Center presents the work of late Rio Verde artist Bettina “Tina” Wilke in its art gallery.
Working with watercolors, oils and pastels, Wilke found her inspiration to paint from nature. Be it land forms and shapes, dynamic or subtle color, the flow of line and movement in the atmosphere itself—all of these contributed to her inspiration.
Wilke was an art major in college and painted by herself and with fellow artists, visiting many locations in the Southwest to produce the beautiful Western landscapes featured in this exhibit. Her ability to capture the light at different times of the day produced paintings that glowed with the warmth and colors of the sunrises and sunsets that we are all so familiar with here in the Lower Verde River Valley.
Tina liked to say that “Nature was her cathedral,” and she happily spent her life trying to convey that sense of rapture through her paintings so that people could experience what she experienced in the landscape.
The exhibit will continue through Feb. 11. The River of Time, located at 12901 N. La Montana Drive, is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.