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Madison Regional Fall Art Show

Madison Art Club show
enters its 15th year

Show judge Richard Luschek II
will present advanced class

(September 2013) – Artist Debi Black strives to celebrate the beauty of the creation she sees around her. As pastor at Mud Pike Baptist Church, she explains that, “The Lord is a big part of my life. I feel my artwork is my poor, human attempt to emulate His.”

Debi Black

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Artist and pastor Debi
Black of Milan, Ind., says she
draws inspiration from nature.

Debi Black Art

This desire to interpret the art of creation on canvas has led her to a love of painting landscapes and people surrounded by nature.
When she begins a new piece, she starts off asking herself, “What’s the picture about?” She moves on from the abstract idea to the concrete work of capturing this meaning on canvas. What she enjoys most is that moment of transition from the abstract idea to the concrete realization of the image in her mind.
“I think probably my favorite step is the very first stroke on the blank canvas. At that moment it has endless possibilities.”
Black, 56, lives near Milan, Ind., but her work reflects the beauty that can be found across the country. For the upcoming Regional Fall Art Show, she plans to enter one piece that she painted in Tennessee and hopes that her other submission will draw on the sights she admired during a recent trip to Colorado.
As she looks forward to this year’s show, Black finds that she is most anticipating “seeing the other artists’ work. You learn so much just from looking at how someone else has interpreted something.”
The Madison Art Club invites visitors to view the entries in the Regional Fall Art Show on display at Art on Main from Sept. 14 through Oct. 1. Artists from across the area will vie for $3,000 in prize money, with $1,000 being awarded for Best in Show. Judge Richard Luschek II will present an advanced painting workshop titled, “Still Life in Oils,” which will lead participants through the stages from the selection of subjects to the finished painting. On Sept. 14 at 7 p.m., the public is invited to attend the awards presentation, celebrating the talent and hard work of the artists.
Luschek grew up on a farm just outside Cincinnati. He earned degrees in biology and fine arts at the University of Cincinnati, then had more art training at the Studio of Drawing and Painting in Manchester, N.H.
Luschek’s teaching experience includes drawing and painting classes at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, the University of Cincinnati and at the historic Women’s Art Club in Mariemont. Richard also teaches these traditional techniques to private students in his north lit studio in Eden Park. He also works as a scenic artist at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.
Madison’s Regional Art Show co-chair Linda Wood encourages art lovers to come out to the exhibition. “We have a variety of different types of artwork that we don’t see on a regular basis.” She notes that the show typically draws entrants from at least three states, and that many entrants return to the show time and again.
The show allows contestants to submit two pieces, and the show will sometimes wind up with nearly 150 different works of art on display.
Co-chair Stan Attenberger says that the most popular category for the show is oil, followed by acrylic. Show organizers are particularly hoping to encourage 3-D artists to bring out their work to help grow the category which was only added in the past couple of years.
Show organizers highlight the importance of selecting just the right judge for the show each year. With so much prize money on the line, it is vital that entrants feel that they are getting an honest appraisal by someone whose opinion they are able to respect. “We always try to get a good judge who is fair,” stresses Wood.
Attenberger says, “We look for somebody who has an art education” He says that while it is impossible to expect everyone to agree completely with a judge’s decisions, having a well respected judge with strong credentials makes it more likely for people to respect the placings.
Attenberger also traces some of the show’s 15-year success to its strong foundation. “It started out with some good regional artists,” he says. “Entrants liked the idea of being hung beside these other artists.”
Black agrees that the strength of her fellow entrants is part of the draw that brings her back to the show time and again, saying there are “so many talented artists who bring their work to the table.” Black explains the importance of being exposed to the work of others by saying, “Any artist is a compilation.”
She traces her own influences from workshops and classes that she has taken across the country, to the paintings she admires in books and galleries. “When you go to a museum and see an artist who appeals to you, you say, ‘oh, I want to go try that!’ ” However, she points out that while artists may admire the very same painting, one may want to head to the canvas to try out a new way of capturing the motion of trees, while others may be inspired to emulate the realistic shadows they saw.
This fall, Black will be returning to Madison to present a workshop for the Madison Art Club. She will be teaching watercolor, explaining the appeal of the medium. “I love how the color mingles on the paper. It almost has its own nature. I think that’s what intrigues me. It’s different every time.”

• For more information, call the Madison Art Club at (812) 265-2923 or visit: www.madisonartclub.com.

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