third exhibition of local artists
to honor Madisons Knoble
Lela Jane Bradshaw
(May 2012) For Leticia Bajuyo arranging an
art exhibition is an exercise in creativity. When Im curating,
its almost like creating an artwork. The artists are my pallet,
Bajuyo serves as an Associate Professor of Art at Hanover College and
is busy coordinating the colleges 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.
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 years
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 Knobles years of service to art and education, this
years show marks a re-naming of Hanover Colleges popular
Backyard series. On April 7, Knoble was awarded the Colleges
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 Schools 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.
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. Ive 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, Galateas 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
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