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Exhibition will showcase FDR Park’s meadows

An exhibition inspired by the meadows in South Philly’s FDR Park will be on display at the F.A.N. Gallery, 221 Arch St., through the month of September.

Artist Kate Kern Mundie’s work called “Rest” is landscape and still-life paintings that explore the idea of rest and rejuvenation. The show features landscape paintings about finding nature in the city and getaways by the ocean; still-life paintings of flowers from the community garden of which Kate is a member; or leisurely drinks at a restaurant.

The paintings document landscapes as far away as Maine and the Midwest and as close to home as South Philadelphia. 

Like many Philadelphians during the pandemic, Mundie was drawn to The Meadows at FDR Park, known as an urban wilderness where water and wildflowers have reclaimed an old golf course. The Meadows became a place to walk and recharge from the stresses of the days during the pandemic. For Mundie, it became a place to paint.

This show will include 18 paintings from Mundie’s The Meadows series, which captures the landscape over the course of a year.

“Every time I went to paint the landscape was dramatically different,” Mundie said. “I would paint in the early morning to the sound of birds, frogs, crickets and the occasional bark of a fox. It is a pleasure and a joy to paint there.”

An artist reception will be held on Friday, Sept. 2, from 5-8 p.m. For more information, visit thefangallery.com or call 215-922-5155.

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