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Madison art aficionados view the late Saueressig’s artwork at show

Heidi Saueressig hosts exhibit
of husband’s paintings

(December 2014) – Friends and family of the late Robert “Bob” Saueressig are still reeling from the loss of this prolific artist, who died Sept. 28 after a bout with cancer. Luckily, there will be a great opportunity to surround oneself with Saueressig’s influence when dozens of his paintings and linocuts are exhibited at the West Street Center for New Art at 301 West St. in Madison, Ind. The show’s opening reception was held Nov. 28. The show runs through Jan. 18, 2015.

Photo courtesy of Kim Nyberg

Dozens of visitors attended
the Nov. 28 opening reception
for the late Bob Saueressig’s
art exhibit at West Street Center
for New Art in Madison, Ind. The exhibit runs through Jan. 18.

It seems fitting that the show should be held in the Center for New Art as so much of Saueressig’s time was spent there. At one time, his studio was there, his Celebration of Life was held there, and it was the location of Saueressig’s beloved Tuesday Night Drawing Club.
Saueressig’s wife, Heidi, says that it is exceptionally hard to let go of even one of her husband’s paintings. “Each piece is a story or a memory to me,” she says.
She adds that Saueressig would paint wherever the couple traveled. She would read a book while he would paint. She said her husband was painting every day until he fell ill. Even then, he would continue to create art when he felt well enough making his last drawing two days before he died.
Heidi recalls that during Saueressig’s last moments, he was making hand gestures as if he were painting. Once, he even started twisting the tip of Heidi’s index finger. When she asked her husband what he was doing, he answered that he was trying to open a tube of Crimson Red.
“Painting was his life,” Heidi said.
The sale will have items suited for a range of budgets. In addition to the original paintings and linocuts, a few reproduction paintings will be available. Saueressig certainly made his mark on the community with his many friendships. His paintings now serve as his legacy while offering art lovers the opportunity to see what he saw in a small moment in time. The paintings will be available for viewing daily from 4-6 p.m.

• For more information, call Heidi Saueressig at (812) 599-9742.

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