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Local women bring distinct art styles to Tucson J

‘Castle Mandala’ by Jeanne Hartmann

Works by Ann Lapidus and Jeanne Hartmann will be on display at the Fine Art Gallery of the Tucson Jewish Community Center through May 17.

Ann Marcus Lapidus creates abstract painting with a vivid palette. She has a B.A. in art from Pomona College and a semestrial degree from the Sorbonne in Paris, France.

Lapidus has taught art to children and adults at a variety of Tucson venues, including Canyon Ranch, the Tucson Museum of Art, Handmaker, Congregation Or Chadash and 20 years at Temple Emanu-El’s religious school. She currently teaches at the Tucson J.

“I focus on the joy of color and the relationship of color and shapes to create a sense of depth and movement on flat surfaces,” she says. “I often use iridescent paints for their luminescent qualities.… The juxtaposition of dark and light hues creates an illusion of three dimensional space.”

Jeanne Hartmann’s paintings, influenced by Japanese art, employ muted colors and soft edges. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee studying art, music, and theater. She studied art history in Paris, came back to the States and joined the circus. She was the magic genie and show painter for the Royal London Magic Circus.

Hartmann has designed three lines of pottery.  She taught Sumi painting and watercolor for Phoenix Parks and Recreation and at Saddlebrooke in Tucson and now teaches watercolor painting and drawing in her Mt. Lemmon studio.

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