Artist Bev Rowe’s “Last Picture Show”
Bev Rowe who succumbed to cancer at her Monte Rio home on November 20 last year was beloved by everyone she touched during her 78 years on Earth and her radiant warmth and passion for painting brightened the lives of everyone who knew her.
Strong willed, independent and gifted with compassion and a great sense of humor , she moved to Monte Rio from San Francisco in 1981finding inspiration in Cezanne, Matisse, Diebenkorn and the gorgeous Russian River which she held so dear.
Raised in Northridge near L.A. she studied at the Art Center School in L.A. before migrating to New York City and spending a year in Europe.
She turned out landscapes, figures and abstracts, especially enjoyed plein air painting and hosted drawing work shops in her studio. Not one to put in a structured 40-hour work week, she said in a 1997 interview with the Russian River Times, “Work six months, then quit and paint. Work six months, then quit and paint,”
She loved her life style in “paradise”, her many friends, and perhaps most of all her adoring pooch, Rosie.
Having received an art scholarship that enabled her to pursue her passion, she asked that her art legacy be passed on at a studio sale held in her Monte Rio home and that the proceeds from the sale be donated to arts education programs at local schools. She asked that the sale be dubbed “The Last Picture Show” and her final request will be honored with an exhibition and sale at her Monte Rio home studio.
The studio that was a boat building shop before it became her home will be the scene of her “Last Picture Show” from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, March 2 and March 3. It’s located at 19104 Church Street in Monte Rio.
For more information contact Elisa Baker at 887-8156 and for an additional peek into Rowe’s art work visit http://bevsart.matthewcallaway.com