“I not only loved painting these scientifically accurate beetles and moths, but I think people will love them as unusual, unique Valentines,” says Matthews. “When you look at the intricate details and colors, insects are one of nature’s beautiful treasures.”
According to Kortman Gallery director Doc Slafkosky, the small watercolor paintings featured in the exhibit are the result of a commission Matthews received from a publisher of children’s text books.
“We saw Jenny’s insect images on Facebook when she was creating them for the book, and thought it would be great to show the originals in the gallery,” said Slafkosky. “We’ve always been amazed at how many people are intrigued by insects! I guess you could say that people ‘love bugs’.”
Mathews has teamed up with MainfraiM to create custom frames that present the paintings in a shadow box-like setting to add to the specimen characteristics of her scientifically detailed imagery.
“Love Bugs,” featuring watercolors of bugs, beetles, and butterflies opens with a Friday, February 8th reception from 5:30 to 9 pm in the Kortman Gallery, located upstairs at J. R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 North Main Street in Downtown Rockford. The exhibit will run through March 31st. For more information call 815-968-0123.