“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.”
I am happy to announce that my photography-based digital art abstraction titled “Vegas Elvis 1977” was selected by guest curator Michael Roberts for the “Anything Goes” exhibition in the Arts Illiana Gallery in Terre Haute, Indiana.
“Vegas Elvis 1977” in top left corner
The high gloss aluminum panel is float-mounted off of a black acrylic background for presentation.
The “Anything Goes” exhibition call was open to artists from Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, and Michigan. Arts Illiana Gallery announced that 145 works of art were submitted by 55 artists. Sixty-nine of those submitted works of art from 35 artists were selected for the show, which opened May 3.
Roberts is a southside Chicago-based artist, musician and lawyer who began drawing at an early age and started live figure drawing in grammar school. Art and drawing was his focus throughout his childhood and he eventually majored in Art in college. Changing gears, he graduated from law school and after years of absence from the art world, he has returned to his roots in the form of portrait and abstract paintings. Inspired by urban street art and the abstracts of contemporary artists like Richter and the pop art of Warhol, Roberts creates multi-layered works which he describes as “Organic Street Art.”
Roberts’ artwork is on view in Arts Illiana’s North Gallery during the run of the “Anything Goes” exhibition through July 19.