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Archive for September, 2012
Lauren Adams is a painter who resides in Fairmont, West Virginia. She is a graduate of Fairmont State University and West Virginia University, where she holds a BA in Studio Art and a BFA in Visual Art, respectively. While at Fairmont State University, Lauren studied with acclaimed painter Lynn Boggess. Adams has shown her work extensively at various venues including her solo exhibition at The Slingluff Gallery in Philadelphia, PA, Redbrick Gallery in Martinsburg, WV and The Robert C. Byrd Federal Building in Charleston, WV. In 2012, Lauren will be exhibiting her solo exhibition at Annex Gallery in Charleston, WV. Recently, Lauren exhibited in a two person show titled Brian Ferrell and Lauren Adams: The Aesthetics of Nature at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley. Adams is a juried artist of Tamarack’s David L. Dickirson Gallery. Her work belongs in both public and private collections throughout the country, most notably the West Virginia State Museum.
My work is inspired by my home; by the lush hills and glittering rivers that drew my ancestors from their own mountainous regions of remote lands to settle in this place, their new home, now my home – West Virginia.
I revel in the act of painting; utilizing a combination of thin veils of color and thick oil paint to create a dialogue between intuitive painting and my background in working en plein aire. The feeling of place that is established through texture, color and rhythm is essential to that dialogue. Simplicity is pursued as I break down the landscape to its purest form, portraying its true essence.
Art Emporium presents “My Illustrated Life” – Watercolor Reflections by Sharon Harms. Growing up in Chicago, Sharon was always surrounded by great art. Several of her relatives were artists and it always seemed like a natural thing for her. Sharon studied at the Art Institute of Chicago from the time she was eight years old until college age when she enrolled at the American Academy of Art to focus on communication art, graphic design and illustration. Thirty years ago she relocated to West Virginia to work as an illustrator for a large paper product manufacturer.
She fell in love with the state and all of its natural beauty. Sharon’s work reflects her love of nature and gardening and her personal experiences. Painting is as much a therapy as a joy in my life. “My Illustrated Life,” is a series of recently completed watercolors that reflect the beauty and magic in Sharon’s life. Her works will be on display September 17- October 13.
The Featured Artist of the month at Gallery Eleven for September is Pat Miller.
The Alzheimer’s Association, WV Chapter is partnering with Romano & Associates to host Art Walk to End Alzheimer’s in celebration of World Alzheimer’s Month, and to kick of Alzheimer’s Action Day (9/21) activities at the September Art Walk on Thursday, September 20.
The show features dual exhibits: ‘The Journey’ by artist Michael Green, and ‘Memories in the Making’ by various artists living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias.
Descriptions of the works follows:
The Journey: Interpretive Portraiture And Figure Studies of Alzheimer’s
Michael Green is a retired Art Teacher from Monongalia County. Mike taught art for many years at Morgantown High School. When he was an active teacher, he chose his father’s Alzheimer’s disease as his concentration area for part of his Advanced Placement teaching certification portfolio.
He created “The Journey,” a series of paintings, to depict not only his father’s journey with Alzheimer’s, but also the journey from a caregiver’s perspective.
“The Journey is a memory of my father, Clyde R. Green, who for five years took not only himself but his family on the remarkable journey,” Michael Green said. “During this journey, you will cry, laugh, wonder why and meet a host of remarkable human beings who have touched our family.”
“The series goes through five years of the disease: from the early stages just after diagnosis, to not knowing who we were, to daily feeding and the daily walks he loved. He became very attached to a stuffed bear…and then finally he found peace at the end,” Green said. “I portrayed it through my art. It’s very cubistic, very colorful, and yet it’s very, very touching.”
“It is an honor for this work to be hanging in the state office of the Alzheimer’s Association. I hope it brings an understanding to those with the disease, and also to their caregivers and families.”
Memories in the Making
The Memories in the Making© Program was an art program sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association, WV Chapter for persons in the early to middle stages of Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder. The purpose of the program was to: encourage communication through painting; explore the process of creating; increase self-esteem through the creation of something of value; and to provide sensory stimulation for the participants.
Through the Memories in the Making program, persons with diminished verbal and organizational skills were still able to communicate through creation of a drawing or a picture.
This exhibit features many original paintings by participants in the Memories in the Making program and offers a little insight into the stories and personalities of each artist.
World Alzheimer’s Month and Alzheimer’s Action Day provide the opportunity to paint the world purple to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease, the effect of Alzheimer’s on families and communities and the necessary resources to achieve a world without Alzheimer’s. Throughout the month, and at the September Art Walk, participants are encouraged to wear purple in support of Alzheimer’s disease awareness.
Information about Alzheimer’s disease, the Alzheimer’s Association and the Charleston Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be available at the show.