by Edgar J. Driscoll Jr.

The Boston Globe, 1959


In Miss Bohlen’s showing at the Siembab Gallery one meets with a rich new talent, full face for the first time. She had shown in group shows before, but this is her first one-man. And a handsome one it is, filled with drawings reflecting thought, work and skill all too rarely seen, especially in combination, in the art world nowadays. If she paints anywhere near as well as she draws she should go far.

Included are a series of charcoal drawings of stables, lights picking up-the solid forms of horses in stalls, cobwebs, harnesses, etc., like a lantern held by a worried farmer in dead of night; softy, light and deftly textured arrangements of cactus, some hard and spiky, some soft and rubbery, some veined, some plain, and few swirling, fanciful renderings, such as “Day of Judgment” and the powerful, ‘handsome “Phaeton’s Horse.” All in all, quite a show. Through June 13.