Mother and Daughter: Coast to Coast.

Tapestry is too delicate a word for the chunky, textured weavings of Madie Lazenby. Created on a Navajo loom, hers are often bold – sometimes shaggy – wool creations that work with the varying textures of the medium, which are as much a part of the composition as the shapes and colors of the images. The exhibit of the works by the late artist (1921-2007) represents a lifetime of work and a variety of subjects, from the landscape of her New Mexico childhood in a large-scale Striped Mountain to images taken from mythology, such as Krishna Dancing on Naga and Adam and Eve in Eden. Lazenby's weavings are shown together with paintings by the artist's daughter, Dianne Lazenby Nance, in "Mother and Daughter: Coast to Coast." Nance's watercolor still lifes and abstract watermedia complement her mother's work, often reflecting a similar palette of vibrant yellows, oranges, and purples. Like her mother, Nance concerns herself with the texture of her media, the fluidity of the watercolors, and the slick, slathered, finger-paint quality of the watermedia. Showing concurrently, "American Spirit: American Folk Art" offers historic treasures that were designed with both aesthetics and function in mind. The rustic charm of the pre-digital world is exemplified in carved wooden shop signs, weathervanes, game boards, embroidery samplers, handmade quilts, and other crafts. (Through August 16 at Coral Springs Museum of Art, 2855 Coral Springs Dr., Coral Springs. Call 954-340-5000.)
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Marya Summers