Dallas Design District gallery, Laura Rathe Fine Art, announces a dual-exhibition featuring new works by abstract artists, Carly Allen-Martin and Audra Weaser. LRFA will be hosting the opening reception on Saturday, June 22ndfrom 5-8pm with an Artist Talk at 6:45pm.

Summer Serenade explores these artists’ ability to construct visual experiences through their use of color and approach to building up numerous layers. These paintings serve as narratives to their unique, creative processes and reflect upon the moments within their artistic journeys.

Allen-Martin dives deep into the world of color, taking the viewer beyond the confines of the canvas and into a space full of optimism and hope. She balances her vibrant palette through her use of multiple mediums, such as charcoal, oil and pastel, which allows one to get lost in the subtle textural nuances hidden within each and every brushstroke. Allen-Martin’s expressionistic style aims to enrich our lives and inspire us to live more boldly and authentically.

Weaser, who is inspired by the abstraction of nature, aims to capture the moment “at which a connection is made between an exterior and inner reality.” She builds up successive layers of mixed media until she begins to see the composition emerging from below. She then takes a sander and quite literally excavates the layers back down and forms her composition using long, sweeping motions. The colors then begin to form a landscape, seemingly illuminated from within, that reveal a delicate, ethereal atmosphere and yet abstracted just enough that it mirrors the familiar.

Summer Serenade will be on display through July 27th, 2019.


Carly Allen-Martin

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.

Audra Weaser 

Weaser was raised in Southern California and lives and works in Los Angeles. She earned her M.F.A in painting from Claremont Graduate University and has exhibited extensively since then. Her work is in private and public collections throughout the world—from New York and San Francisco to Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi and Singapore.