Gallery hosts artist retrospective in oils and words

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:56

WARWICK-A retrospective of oils by Warwick artist Louise S. Earnest at the Lycian Gallery in Sugar Loaf will continue through Monday, Nov. 14. Earnest’s style, originally a combination of realism and impressionism, evolved over the years to a form of impressionistic abstraction. Her subject matter varies from studio composition to landscape. She studied under abstract landscape artist Ernest Krape of Gettysburg, Pa., where she learned to use the palette knife and oils, a technique she prefers almost to the exclusion of brushes. In 1977, twenty five of her oils were shown at a two-woman exhibition at the York Art Association Gallery, Pa. Her work will also be submitted for upcoming shows of the Warwick Art League, of which she is a member. Louise Earnest is skilled with words as well as with oils. Crossword puzzles that she constructed have been published in the Daily and Sunday New York Times, in Margaret Farrar’s books, Pocket Books and Will Weng’s collections. She has also won prizes in Bantam’s Great Crossword Puzzle Hunt. The Lycian retrospective celebrates her birth 90 years ago in York County, Pa., the state where she lived most of her life. Earnest developed a love of art exploring the galleries and museums of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., while studying for a bachelor degree at George Washington University. She married William H. Earnest, a certified public accountant, in Dover, Pa., where they raised their children, Harriet Earnest of Warwick and Dr. Andrew Earnest of Carbondale, Ill. The couple now live in Warwick. The gallery, on King’s Highway in Sugar Loaf, is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more information, call 986 9082 or visit