In Bloom at Notre Dame: Floral Paintings by Maureen Lanza

In Bloom at Notre Dame: Floral Paintings by Maureen Lanza

Notre Dame College’s Clara Fritzsche Library will host “In Bloom at Notre Dame,” an exhibit of floral paintings in oil and acrylic by Cleveland artist Maureen Lanza, from June 24 through Aug. 6. 

Lanza’s love of flowers led her to use them as subjects for her watercolor compositions. As a gardener, she was intrigued with their varieties of colors, textures and shapes. As an artist, she appreciated their power to evoke strong emotions with their vibrancy, grandeur, lushness, beauty and delicacy.

Lanza began painting in acrylics and oil and discovered that they added a new dimension to her work. She eventually wanted to work in a larger format for her florals, enlarging and then cropping the images to give them impact and immediacy. Lanza begins her paintings on a dark background in order to establish a sharp contrast and to give more importance to the negative space. The use of bold, brilliant colors and the dense composition of the canvas results in striking imagery.

Lanza has carefully studied flowers and captures the lilting gesture of the flowers to create a buoyant, dancing effect. Her goal is to create a positive, exuberant mood in the viewer, perfect for a summer exhibit.

Lanza began her art career over 30 years ago as a watercolorist specializing in house portrait commissions. She returned to Ursuline College as an adult student and graduated with an art degree. Lanza has taken additional classes at the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Orange Art Center, as well as with individual artists.

She has completed hundreds of paintings over the past 25 years and has exhibited at the Grinning Bird Gallery, the Blue Moon Gallery, Alan Gallery, the Wasmer Gallery, Tri-C, Gesu, the Intown Club, South Wing Gallery at St. Paul's Church and Art Space at the Beachwood Community Center. She has also had solo shows at the Beachwood Library, the Guren Gallery at the Cleveland Botanical Garden, and the Howson Gallery at Judson Park.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, June 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit may be viewed during library hours: Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Karen Zoller, director of the Clara Fritzsche Library, at 216.373.5267 or at kzoller@ndc.edu.