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Hanover College presents
third exhibition of local artists

Bi-annual event renamed
to honor Madison’s Knoble

By Lela Jane Bradshaw
Contributing Writer

(May 2012) – For Leticia Bajuyo arranging an art exhibition is an exercise in creativity. “When I’m curating, it’s almost like creating an artwork. The artists are my pallet,” she says.
Bajuyo serves as an Associate Professor of Art at Hanover College and is busy coordinating the college’s third bi-annual exhibit of local art. “I see this as an education space,” she says of the gallery. That perspective informs her selection of artists invited to take part in the show. Viewers can expect to see paintings of landscapes that exist only in the imagination of the artist hung alongside pictures of familiar Madison locations.

Amy Vaughn Painting

Photo provided

Madison, Ind., artist Amy Vaughn
is among those participating in
the Hanover College art show in
May with this oil painting on loan
from the Rolfing collection.

Bajuyo also sees the exhibit as a chance to show that successful artists can be men or women of any age working in a range of mediums. Despite the artists’ differing backgrounds, Bajuyo is confident that “their use of color and composition are going to look really nice together.”
“The Knoble: a Group Exhibition of Artists in Our Own Backyard” will run from May 2-23 at the Hanover College Grenier Art Gallery. On May 11, the gallery will play host to a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to allow the artists a chance to briefly discuss their own pieces and answer questions from the public about their works. This year’s exhibit will include works by Lou Knoble, Steve Bickis, Karen Chilman, Aaron Kelsey, Jeremy Miller and Amy Vaughn. Bajuyo encourages the public to come and enjoy the art and also hear the artists speak.
“For all of them there is a sense of excitement – sort of a personal investment, they just light up” she says.
In honor of Knoble’s years of service to art and education, this year’s show marks a re-naming of Hanover College’s popular “Backyard” series. On April 7, Knoble was awarded the College’s Medal for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts of the Ohio Valley from President Sue DeWine. Knoble served as one of the founders of the art fair that would become the Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art and directed the Madison Consolidated School’s art department for more than 30 years. Bajuyo cites this re-titling of the series as a way to “recognize his connection to the community and passion for art.”

Lou Knoble

Knoble

While some of the artists in the show will be familiar to those who have followed area art for many years, the exhibit also allows fans a chance to get to know some of the younger talents working in the community as well.
Vaughn, 35, returned to her childhood home of Madison in 2009 after studying in Indiana University for her BFA and then spending time in Florida. While in Florida, she worked for Disney on Ice, providing art for shows such as “Nemo on Ice” and “The Incredibles on Ice.” Her talents helped bring the shows to life through her painted backdrops and props.
At the Hanover exhibit, Vaughn will be presenting her oils painted on-site of some familiar Madison locations. “I’ve always worked with direct observation as opposed to pictures” she says. She added that a constant use of photos as a reference can cause a flatness to develop in the resulting paintings. “Madison is a good place to paint,” she says.
Vaughn not only produces art, but she also helps emerging artists realize their dreams. Her store, Galatea’s Art Supplies in downtown Madison, provides a local source for high quality materials and she also teaches art. Her students range from adults who study oil painting to children who enjoy the fun of her summer art camp. She says that teaching can help artists “build a more concrete understanding – it forces you to think about your process. It can be refreshing. You can learn from your students too.”
Vaughn said she hopes that her sense of engagement with the art will be shared by her audience as well. “I like it when a viewer has to be involved in the work,” she said.
Some of her pieces present a strong sense of story and she challenges her audience to have to think a bit in order to figure out what is happening. Vaughn is currently planning a “Whodunit” series of portraits in which viewers will be challenged to figure out the mystery. “Kind of like the Clue board game,” she said, laughing.

• For more information on the art show, visit http://art.hanover.edu/gallery/.

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