The Benz Gallery of Floral Art will host “Framed Chemistry/Wearable Botany,” an exhibit of art by the husband and wife duo of Johan Kritzinger and Loela Barry ’98 on Sunday, March 25. The opening of the exhibit runs from 1-4 p.m., with a fashion show of wearable art at 2p.m. in the lecture hall adjacent to the Benz Gallery. The artists will be present to answer questions and to sign books. A selection of their works will be available for sale, with proceeds also benefiting the Isibani Community Centre in Winterton, South Africa. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served and parking will be available in Lot 74, near the Horticultural Sciences Building where the Benz Gallery is housed.
Johan is an inventor by birth and a chemical engineer by profession, while Loela says she is an artist by birth and a landscape architect by profession. That simple description, however, does not explain the extent of their collaboration. Together they are floral artists, painters, sculptors, fashion designers, photographers and illustrators. They are native South Africans who met in Texas and are now Texans – with an accent.
Johan and Loela are the artists behind JoLoè Art. Their work encompasses chemical art – painting with chemical processes applied to create dynamic expressions of color, botanical art, including the original art collection of 46 drawings and photographs from the book Heirloom Bulbs For Today by Chris Wiesinger and Cherie Colburn, as well as wearable art, rendered on different silks. Based in The Woodlands, Johan and Loela explore the science of art and the art of science to create their expressions of the beauty and miracles of nature.
For more information, please contact the Benz School of Floral Design at (979) 845-1699.