The Language of Trees

Arts on Douglas will host the opening of Intangible, an exhibition by Riitta Klint. Shown is The Language of Trees, acrylic and pencil on Claybord.

Arts on Douglas will host the opening of “Intangible,” an exhibit of ethereal mixed-media landscape paintings by Riitta Klint.

The opening reception will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at 123 Douglas St., New Smyrna Beach.

The gallery will feature live jazz byTRio with Tyler Rosenke on drums, Ron Gilotti on upright bass, and Howard Post on guitar. Light refreshments will be served.

The exhibit will remain on view in the Feature Gallery through April 24.

Ms. Klint’s third solo exhibit at Arts on Douglas, “Intangible” is a new series of paintings exploring the transcendent beauty and mysteries of nature. The abstract landscapes begin with thin veils of paint that she drips and pools onto a Claybord support to congeal and settle organically, outside of her control.

Ms. Klint has traveled extensively through Asia, the Middle East and Europe, with impressions from the experiences making their way into her work. This can be seen in her representation of Balinese pagodas in the piece “Bali Rain.” Other paintings, such as “Circles in Time,” are more abstract references to the landscape. The viewer’s proximity can also play a role in how Ms. Klint’s paintings are experienced.

Originally from Finland, she maintains studio spaces in Miami and Fort Worth, Texas. She earned a bachelor's degree in fashion design and textiles from the University of Texas at Austin, spent time in the corporate world as a human resources director for a national restaurant chain, and then, in 1999, decided to follow her passion for the arts and went back to school to earn a bachelor's degree in fine arts from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.

She has completed commissioned projects for the Pinnacle Housing Group’s Vista Mar building in Miami as well as the Fisher Island Links golf clubhouse and Atlantic III at the Point in Aventura with Geller Design Group. She also has exhibited her work widely. Her most recent solo exhibition, “Ethereal,” was presented at the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach.

Continuing in the alt_space gallery is Spencer Pettit: Prints and Plates on view until April 10.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (386) 428-1133 or visit artsondouglas.net.

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