Dallas Design District gallery, Laura Rathe Fine Art, announces Lyrical Moments, a two-woman exhibition featuring new works by Carly Allen Martin and Nina Tichava. LRFA will be hosting the opening reception on Saturday, May 21st from 4-7pm with an artist talk at 6pm. Artists will be in attendance.


Lyrical Moments reflects upon Carly Allen Martin and Nina Tichava’s individual artistic processes. Each artist draws from personal experience to create delicate yet purposeful compositions. The distinct and various components are glimpses into the story of each dynamic painting, expressing their own emotions in an imaginative and lyrical way. Layering details over time, both artists use moments of creativity and inspiration to generate autobiographical and visually complex artworks.


Carly Allen Martin juxtaposes the careful placement of lines and gestural moments of color, which allows one to get lost in the subtle textural nuances hidden within every brushstroke. She lays each work on the floor and begins spontaneously mark making, only to then pause to reflect on her next step. Allen Martin states “I have learned that the pause is as critical as the mark”. In layering these moments of quietude, she captures bursts of movement and suspends harmonies in their stillness. Moving amongst drawing, painting, and reflection, she completes works that are rich in detail and rooted in each painting’s history.


Inspired by nature, architecture, and textiles, artist Nina Tichava relies on the processes of layering and intricate patterning. While Tichava’s work is seemingly geometric, dominated by leitmotifs of circles across parallel and intersecting lines, upon closer inspection, each painting is rendered organic and delicate by the underlying texture. Her unique system of collaged dots punctuate the work with a three-dimensional quality, drawing the viewer even closer to appreciate every moment. Tichava explains “My focus is the complex subtleties of detail and transient moments, as well as the materials themselves. The paintings are romantic, emotional and imperfect reproductions of the ‘things’ that make up daily life—they represent a tangle of images and objects depicted with a beautiful inaccuracy.”



In Studio: Carly Allen Martin; In Studio: Nina Tichava; photos courtesy Shana Berenzweig





Carly Allen Martin studied at Santa Reperata International School of Art in Florence, Italy, The European Academy of Art in Trier, Germany, and Aoyama Gakiun University in Tokyo, Japan. She holds a BFA in painting from Texas Christian University. Public collections of her work include BBVA Compass Bank, Texas Oncology Hospital, and Texas Christian University. Allen Martin has been featured in a variety of notable publications including LUXE, FortWorth Magazine, 360 Southwest, Food Network Magazine, and The Dallas Morning News.



Nina Tichava was raised in both rural northern New Mexico and the Bay Area in California. She was influenced by her father, a construction worker and mathematician, and her mother, an artist and designer. The reflections of these dualities—country to city, pragmatist to artist, nature to technology—are essential to and evident in her paintings. Nina is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award Grant in 2007 and has exhibited professionally since 2009. She received her BFA from California College of the Arts [+ Crafts] in San Francisco/Oakland.