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Silver City, Nevada – The Silver City Arts group is sponsoring “Outsider Show: Molly Brunhild Paintings,” at the Silver City School House (community center) in Silver City, one of the Comstock’s historic communities. The exhibit will feature the artist’s current work as well as work from earlier periods. The public is cordially invited to a free reception, which includes light refreshments and an opportunity to meet Molly Brunhild, on Saturday, July 22nd from 1pm-5pm. Her work is in a number of private collections, and is the subject of the first chapter of Mary Beth Elam’s book, “Mining the Treasures: Contemporary Comstock Artists.”
About Molly Brunhild: Outsider artist Molly Brunhild lives her dream from many years ago: to live a bohemian lifestyle on a hill surrounded by valleys and other hills, far away from cities, free to paint when she chooses.
Born in Tennessee, she spent much of her early life with her grandparents in Florida, and when she could, visited her writer mother in New York City. During the 1950s, her mother ran with a pretty hip crowd of artists and writers which influenced young Molly’s outlook on the world and art. As a child, she was fascinated with drawing the shapes of lips and high heel shoes. At the age of 12, Molly asked one such artist, Ben Benn, “How does it feel to be a famous artist?” While Molly never knew Benn’s work at that time or since, her own work reminds the viewer of this pioneer in modernism.
Molly lives in Silver City near her children and grandchildren. Her studio gallery, which is also her living space, invites one into a collage of books, collectibles, and art on walls and furniture. Using paint and collage of unconventional materials, she prefers wood as a base. Sometimes the grain of the wood suggests images and subject content, as she works. She believes in the magic of art in that a painting paints itself if it’s straight from the heart where the truth is. She works fast, sometimes from start to finish in an hour or two. If too much thought goes into a painting, she believes it cuts off the energy from the heart, and while the painting may be a graceful design, it becomes too full of ego.
True to her free spirit, Molly’s subjects for paintings often come to her in dreams, as do the titles such as “They Administer Ironstation to Master Brown.” If a title doesn’t come to her, she may pick a number to represent it. While she doesn’t intend to influence the viewer, she does explore her political views as in “Western Hospitality,” a satire on western civilization’s influence on the world, and she confronts establishment color theory in “Mosim Bey.”
The simple essence of her style and intent can best be seen in her most recent work, “Last Dream,” a heartfelt reaction to the current American political arena.
About Silver City Arts group: Since 2014, the Silver City Arts group has hosted music, visual arts, and poetry events and programs. The group draws on the community’s own rich resource of artists, artisans and musicians, and also connects with regional and statewide groups to bring programming by national and international artists and musicians. The group of community volunteers’ mission is “to encourage the arts, build community, and share our unique town through free, public events.”
Where is Silver City? Silver City is located on the Comstock within a federally designated historic landmark 3 miles from Virginia City, 29 miles from Reno, and 12 miles from Carson City. The School House/community center is located at 385 High Street, Silver City, Nevada 89428. For more information about the show, contact Carol Godwin of Silver City Arts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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