Rain causes outpouring of art

For a week in the summer of 2004, Anna Redwine was trapped in a room - in Frauenau, Germany.

It rained, it poured.

She couldn't drink any more coffee. She had run out of sketch paper, and she had finished her book.

What was left: painting.

"I was just there to paint for a week, and that's what I did," Redwine said.

She created more than 20 works on 24-by-17 paper, and they'll be exhibited for the first time at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios. if ART Gallery will present Redwine's solo exhibition, "Frauenau," jointly with Laura Spong's "Renovations."

About her inspiration: Redwine stopped in Frauenau, known for its production of art and functional glass, on her way to Vienna from Munich. She didn't speak German, and there were minimal instructions at the workshop. Redwine, accustomed to working with a physical subject, had to rely on her memories.

And what was around her - light, smell, music.

"There was no figure to draw or paint," she said. "I was totally isolated. I knew I was going to be in a different situation. I knew I was getting out of my comfort zone.

"I didn't have the normal distractions."

About the process: Space, but not necessarily distance, is addressed in the work. Each piece is connected, as the paintings don't have a linear narrative. She worked on them simultaneously.

"I would go back and forth between them," Redwine said.

About the result: Redwine, who had intended on painting on a smaller scale, didn't see what she had created until the final day at the workshop, the only pretty day, she said. She realized the art worked as one unit, and the pieces have been in her studio since waiting for the right exhibition.

"I don't think of them as individual pieces," she said. "I think of them as one living piece. I wanted to exhibit them as one group, so they've just been waiting."

Like Redwine after the week of working on them, they're finally going to see the light of day.