“The Woods Enchanted” has a new home! Happy, happy, joy, joy!
It was on display in Corporate Square in Terre Haute where other works in my solo show are featured through mid-December.
The happy owner is a woman who works in one of the offices in Corporate Square, who was a student at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College many years ago and thereafter worked several years with the Sisters of Providence at The Woods.
She appreciated the piece even more after I gave her the back story:
In March 2016, I digitally enhanced and manipulated my original color image of the foot bridge over Lake Le Fer at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College for entry in the Vigo County Public Library’s Wabash Valley Community Read Artist Exhibition. All artwork was based on the exhibition theme “An Unconventional Shakespeare,” and the book by Indiana State University professor Laura Bates, “Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard.”
My artist’s statement accompanying “The Woods Enchanted”:
“Fantasy and the bridge over Le Fer Lake on the SMWC campus interprets a scene in William Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ where he wrote of a forest that was enchanted specifically by the presence of Oberon and Titania, the fairy king and queen; like many forests in Shakespeare’s works, it becomes a place of metamorphosis and resolution. People come out of the forest changed for the better.”
In August 2016, “The Woods Enchanted” received a Second Place in Photography/Digital Art at the River City Art Association 8th Annual Juried Exhibition in Terre Haute.
The foot bridge over Lake Le Fer deteriorated beyond repair and was later removed from the SMWC grounds.
“I have always felt [St. Mary-of-the-Woods] was a magical place,” the new owner said. “I also love fairy lore and such, so it is no surprise that I was so attracted to the picture.”
Here is a sneak peek at my solo show in the Arts Illiana Community Outreach Gallery at Corporate Square in Terre Haute, Indiana.
A total 22 pieces are featured on both levels of this open entryway to the complex on Ohio Boulevard. Several have received awards and honors at local, regional and national juried shows.
The COG is managed by River City Art Association of which I have been a member since January 2013, when my professional artistic journey began in Indiana and Illinois.
In the beginning my shows featured representational photographic images. To set my artistic license apart from contributions by other artists in the Wabash Valley, my focus shifted to creating one-of-a-kind photography-based abstractions from my photographic images.
Since I am not a professional photographer, this shift to expressionism is now my passion with an occasional “happy accident” in realism.
Search the categories at the top of this post to see examples of my artwork featured in this show as well as other shows since I started my website Sheila T Illustrated in October 2011.