Plant Zero Café Exhibit: Features Shaylen Amanda Broughton’s New Work
BOJUart gallery is pleased to announce BOJUartist Shaylen Amanda Broughton’s new work on display at the Plant Zero Cafe from June 6 through August 31, 2019. Broughton is an internationally recognized fluid acrylic artist and a Richmond native. Her new work explores her abstract interpretation of the Atlantic Ocean.
A cornerstone of the redevelopment in Richmond’s New Manchester District, the Plant Zero Café offers a casual dining experience in a very friendly and imaginative environment. The Plant Zero Café rotates exhibits every several months with emerging Virginia artists. Noah Yeager, Plant Zero Café Owner says, “We’re looking for our customers to have a creative experience.”
Through abstract expression, Broughton’s painting explores the depths of human awareness. Her fluid process allows her to let go of expectations and connect with intuition in order to express purely from the heart. She carries the energy of life into her work by adding a small amount of water gathered from a natural water source: river, ocean, stream, pond or lake. Additionally, she moves the paint with air (an air gun or her breath) and fire (a torch) to add texture.
Broughton’s recent work introduces a new color palette that expresses her connection to the Atlantic Ocean, which is also mixed into her paint for this series. She explores a darker, more complex color palette. Broughton says, “The Ocean is a big inspiration for many reasons. It is a symbol of human emotions. According to some dream psychologists, dreaming of the ocean or water is a representation of one’s feminine nature, intuition, and emotions. We are complex creatures with depths that no one but our own selves will ever begin reach. Like the ocean, our emotional tides are always changing, ebbing and flowing.”
BOJUart donates a portion of each piece sold to this artists’ chosen cause: the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. “Save the Bay™” is a regional rallying cry for pollution reduction throughout the Chesapeake’s six-state, 64,000-square-mile watershed, which is home to more than 18 million people and 3,000 species of plants and animals.
All work exhibited is available for sale at the Plant Zero Café, the gallery online or by phone.
Shown courtesy of the artist: Hausos, 2019. Shaylen Amanda Broughton. Fluid acrylic and Atlantic Ocean water on canvas, 18 x 18 x 1 ¼ inches
Shaylen Amanda Broughton
Broughton was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia which is also where she currently works and resides. She obtained her Bachelor of Fine Art from The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in 2011. Her artistic ambition, however, began long before college and is also her current livelihood; pulsating in the plethora of artwork on canvas. She has exhibited in group and solo shows in the US, as well as in the UK and Australia. Broughton is also a solo and duo muralist with projects in Richmond and most recently for Something in the Water and Smartmouth Pilot House in Virginia Beach, VA. In addition to exhibiting her work, Broughton works with several nonprofits in Richmond VA, leading community art projects such as large-scale interior murals and after-school art programs.
Plant Zero Café
Plant Zero Café is located in the Plant Zero Art Center at 7 East 3rd St. Stop by 8 to 4PM Monday through Friday. Or 9 to 4PM Saturday and enjoy the Saturday brunch and mimosa specials! Free parking is located on Hull St., 4th St., And Decatur St. Spend some time before or after to stroll around the neighboring art galleries Art Works and artspace.