Benz Gallery Hosts Art Exhibit With Chemistry

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Attendees will enjoy art and chemistry by artists Johan Kritzinger and Loela Barry at the Horticulture Building on March 25.On March 25, Johan Kritzinger and Loela Barry will be showcasing their unique form of art at the Benz Gallery in the Texas A&M Horticulture Building. Together, Kritzinger, a chemical engineer by profession, and wife Loela Barry, a landscape architect and Aggie, have created JoLoe (pronounced "Joe Lu hey") Art. Both native South Africans, the two met in Texas in 2007.

While visiting Johan, Loela was first introduced to chemical reaction artwork. "She knew she wanted to paint on it," says Johan. From that point on the duo began creating not only Chemical Art but many other types of art as well. Johan and Loela have displayed their unique works in Las Vegas, New York, Chicago, Santa Fe, Fort Lauderdale, San Diego, Belgium, Dubai, Du Louvre Paris and South Africa. They were even selected for a three-week special exhibition in the MOYA museum in Vienna, Austria.

Passion is expressed in every piece they create. Johan and Loela hope that each energetic and organic creation will touch someone and make the world a better place by opening people’s eyes to a different kind of art. “We would describe our work as fairly diverse but a unified body of work,” says Johan. “It’s very imaginative and abstract; every person see’s something different.”

In addition to the Chemical Art, JoLoe has an amazing 46-piece collection of bulb drawings that have been featured in the book Heirloom Bulbs for Today, written and co-authored by Aggies. The drawings featured in the book will be showcased in the Benz exhibition as well. Each drawing was created over a period of time; as the bulbs grew so did the drawings. Each frame was handmade from recycled wood from Hurricane Ike. Johan and Loela hope to keep this group of artwork together as one piece and for it to be displayed for others to enjoy as well.

Attendees will enjoy art fused with chemistry by artists Johan Kritzinger and Loela Barry at the Benz Gallery in the Horticulture Building on the Texas A&M campus on March 25.On March 25, Johan Kritzinger and Loela Barry will be showcasing their unique form of art at the Benz Gallery in the Texas A&M Horticulture Building. Together, Kritzinger, a chemical engineer by profession, and wife Loela Barry, a landscape architect and Aggie, have created JoLoe (pronounced “Joe Lu hey”) Art. Both are native South Africans; the two met in Texas in 2007.

While visiting Johan, Loela was first introduced to chemical reaction artwork. “She knew she wanted to paint on it,” says Johan. From that point on the duo began creating not only Chemical Art but many other types of art as well. Johan and Loela have displayed their unique works in Las Vegas, New York, Chicago, Santa Fe, Fort Lauderdale, San Diego, Belgium, Dubai, Du Louvre Paris and South Africa. They were even selected for a three-week special exhibition in the MOYA museum in Vienna, Austria.

Passion is expressed in every piece they create. Johan and Loela hope that each energetic and organic creation will touch someone and make the world a better place by opening people’s eyes to a different kind of art. “We would describe our work as fairly diverse but a unified body of work,” says Johan. “It’s very imaginative and abstract; every person see’s something different.”

In addition to the Chemical Art, JoLoe has an amazing 46-piece collection of bulb drawings that have been featured in the book Heirloom Bulbs for Today, written and co-authored by Aggies. The drawings featured in the book will be showcased in the Benz exhibition as well. Each drawing was created over a period of time; as the bulbs grew so did the drawings. Each frame was handmade from recycled wood from Hurricane Ike. Johan and Loela hope to keep this group of artwork together as one piece and for it to be displayed for others to enjoy as well.

“We hope that seeing the art will make people realize how creative they can be and bring awareness [to this style of art]” says Johan. “We are looking for a home for this collection and would love for Texas A&M to be the place,” says Loela.

A fashion show also will take place at the exhibition. Johan and Loela draw, design, and have created each outfit that will be shown. Students of the Benz School of Floral Design at Texas A&M will be making headpieces of fresh or dried flowers that models will wear along with the outfits. “Its a fun way to incorporate the students,” says Loela. A boutique will be available for guests to purchase items and a portion of these sales will be donated to charity.

Johan and Loela’s main focus when creating their pieces of art is “reaching out and giving back. This is our gift from God and we want to share our creativity and creations with other people,” says Loela.

WHAT

Johan Kritzinger and Loela Barry of JoLoe Art will display their unique and organic works of art March 25 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The fashion show will begin at 2 p.m. and will be held in the lecture hall adjacent to the Benz Gallery.

The duo will be showcasing their original contemporary line of art called Chemical Art and much more. The artists will be available for a Q&A session and  a boutique will allow guests to purchase items.

WHERE
The Benz Exhibition will take place in the Horticulture Building located on the Texas A&M campus.

HOW
The Benz Exhibition is free; children eight and up are welcome. Parking is free and will be available in the large lot next to the Horticulture Building on campus.