Special to the Reporter

GRANBURY - Tarleton State University’s Dora Lee Langdon Cultural and Educational Center is presenting artist Suzanne Gentling in a one-woman show titled “Birds, Bones and Some Other Things.”

The show runs through June 28 at the Langdon Center’s Historic A.P. Gordon House gallery at 308 E. Pearl St. in Granbury. Exhibition hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. There is no charge for admission.

Gentling’s work includes images of nature produced by photography, scanned images with or without digital manipulation, images taken from oil paintings executed by the artist, as well as various mediums of painting.

“My work has always been about my personal connection to the natural world,” Gentling said. “In the beginning, my interest was mostly in the beauty of things. Now I look for something more complex. I still, however, respond to the beauty.”

Born in Rochester, Minn., Gentling moved to Fort Worth as a child. The youngest of four children, she began drawing and painting during her high school years. After earning a bachelor’s degree in clinical laboratory science from The Medical College of Georgia, she moved to New Orleans where she lived for four years.

In 1974, the artist moved to a wooded area in Mississippi. During this time she completed a large series of architectural portraits, as well as landscapes and still-life images.

“After I made my exodus from urban life to the country, I realized I had come home,” Gentling said. “Something up until this time had always been missing. I learned more in those years in the woods than at any other time. Living in a pristine, wild and magical place was such a gift. The natural world had become my greatest teacher.”

Returning to Texas in 1984, Gentling moved to Somervell County and continued her painting, specializing in landscape, working in watercolor, pastel and oil.

In 1999, Gentling‚s journey took another detour when she entered the graduate program in painting at Texas Christian University.

“I spent so many years working in solitude, I finally hit a dead end with my art,” Gentling said. “I needed more education. I needed the camaraderie of other artists and to be prodded away from my comfort zone as an artist. I wanted to change the way I worked, the way I thought about my art.”

After graduating in 2002, Suzanne returned to her home near Glen Rose. In addition to her art, she gardens and is a wildlife advocate. Her work is in numerous private collections around the country, Europe and South America.

Gentling will also be featured in the Langdon Center gallery during Last Friday Gallery Night on Fri., June 27, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Special refreshments will be served. For more information on Gentling’s art, visit www.gentlingart.com.

For more information on this event, contact Tarleton’s Langdon Center staff at (817) 279-1164 or e-mail langdoncenter@sbcglobal.net.