Showcasing Local Talent

Two area couples to exhibit work at Hanover College

Davises, Elles to show off their talents

(May 2016) – For Beejay Elles, just being able to create art is pure enjoyment. Painting is the perfect outlet for this Madison, Ind., native. 
Working his day job as a graphic designer “is creative, but rigid,” he said. “Painting is more of an outlet for me. I have fun with the composition, texture and colors.”
He has illustrated work for his wife, Angela, a local poet. “I’ve been writing since 2001,” she said. Angela received a master’s degree in poetry from Spaulding University in 2014.
In collaboration with her husband, Angela has created two books of poetry. One takes the Ohio River as its subject matter and the second is an anthology she and friends put together.

Lou Knoble

Angela said that when writing, she is inspired by “everything; everyday life, especially nature and birds. And I like to travel.”
Her husband has artwork on display in The Sketchbook Project, a library that features 35,018 artists’ books contributed by people from more than 135 countries. The project is on view at the Brooklyn Art Library in Brooklyn, N.Y.
This talented couple and their artwork will be part of four diverse local artists’ works in an exhibit at Hanover College. Named in honor of Madison artist Lou Knoble, “The Knoble: a Group Exhibition of Artists in Our Own Backyard,” will creatively explore art and poetry.
This exhibit features the works of two married couples. In addition to the Elles, Hal and Yvonne Davis will display their artwork. Collaboratively, this body of work will showcase close to 40 works of art and poetry.
An Opening Reception is planned for 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 6. “The artists will be presenting an informal gallery talk,” said Andrew Hardin, Interim Director of the Greiner Art Gallery at Hanover College.
“This is a recurring exhibit,” he said. “We usually have them in the spring, but not necessarily every year.” Two previous shows have been held in 2012 and 2014.
The gallery staff strives to provide the community with visual art exhibits that feature a diverse lineup of artists and artistic styles. Special events are held there, such as demonstrations, lectures and seminars, through which the public can get to know local artists. The gallery is located in the lobby of the Lynn Center for Fine Arts Building and is open to the public during 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, during special events and by appointment.
Beejay Elles will have mixed media paintings in the show in the form of acrylic, charcoal and crayon. Angela has written poetry in response to his paintings. The pair has a shared piece in a traveling exhibit know as “The Love Library.”
Also included in the exhibition will be the work of Hal Davis. A native of Paducah, Ky., he graduated in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in art from Emporia State University and completed a master’s degree in education from Indiana University in 1971. He taught art in the public school system in Madison and Indianapolis for 27 years.
In the 1970s, Davis worked with community members during the founding years of Madison’s Chautauqua Festival of Art. He served as president of the Art Education Association of Indiana in 1976.
Davis works in oils and was commissioned to paint the Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art Poster in 1995, 1996 and 2000. He has exhibited at the Madison Art Club Annual Show and the Hoosier Salon, where he won the Best Still Life in Oils award in 2007.
Yvonne is known for creating whimsical drawings. She also composes poetry, which will be featured.
Knoble also has had an impact on the Madison arts scene. “He has been a great influence in the community,” said Hardin.
Born in 1931, Knoble has dedicated his life to art. He grew up in Buffalo, N.Y., but later taught art in Madison for many years.
He lived across the street from the Museum of Science. He attended afterschool programs there from age 8-18, where he discovered his love of art. 
Knoble took a brief respite from his passion in 1951 to enlist in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. After serving for four years, he was able to use the G.I. Bill to obtain undergraduate and graduate degrees in education from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
He worked for seven years at Starpoint Central school in western New York before moving to Madison in 1964 with his wife, Mary, and their seven children. Knoble worked as the Director of the Art Department for Madison Consolidated Schools for 30 years.
He began his art career as an abstract artist but soon adapted to a more representational style because abstract art was not accepted in Madison at the time. Knoble was one of the founders of what became known as the Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art. He was also created the 2011 poster artist for the festival.

• For more information on the art exhibit at Hanover College, call Andrew Hardin at (812) 844-1795.

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