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This art piece is a result of a fundraising event for Western's Fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi. It is a 5x5 chalk board with various of Western's artists "making their mark" and completely covering the canvas! This is a way to unify the students (with or without artistic ability) on campus and advertise it in our very own library so that students can be reminded of what they're part of!


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Becoming an Artist

May is my birthday month.  I will be 62 years old.  Until about a year ago, I believed that I had no artistic abilities at all.  I couldn’t draw, and I certainly couldn’t paint. This was reinforced by a so-called beginning watercolor class that I took.  It wasn’t a beginning course at all, so I believed that I had been right that I was not an artist.  After that class, though, something clicked.  I had spent a LOT of money on watercolor supplies, so I was hesitant to totally give up.  I googled.  I found some easy watercolor lessons online and actually produced a couple of small paintings that my husband framed.  I was still, however, not an artist.

Obviously, something continued to eat at me, and I discovered Zentangle, a way of doodling.  I discovered that the ”tangles” didn’t have to be perfect and that I could let the them evolve the way they wanted to.  Around the same time, I discovered some online courses on drawing whimsical faces.  They were fun!  A friend encouraged me to try painting with acrylics, because they’re easy and forgiving and you can paint over whatever you don’t like.  I took an acrylic painting class, and I was hooked!  I signed up for many online courses and attended my first in-person retreat in June 2013.  Since then, I’ve been to retreats in Austin, TX, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Pt. Townsend, WA, and Salem, OR. 

Acrylic painting has become my passion, so I am retiring at the end of this month to be a full-time artist!  YES, I AM an artist!  I will be studying in Paris, France, and Brighton, England this summer and then in Raleigh, NC this fall.

I mostly paint abstracts with whimsy tossed in occasionally.  For the most part, I paint intuitively.  I don’t plan paintings (when I do, they usually don’t turn out the way I planned anyway).  I put multiple layers of paint on a canvas or other substrate, making random marks as I go.  Eventually, one or more images appear.  I might keep those images or paint over them and continue.  Many layers of paint add a nice depth to the paintings, which definitely adds interest. Big and bold are my favorite ways of creating art.

I paint because I feel compelled to.  I get “twitchy” if I stay out of my studio too long.  I love to share my artwork with others and find out what they see in the paintings and what feelings they evoke.

Thank you for taking time to look at my creations, and to WWU Wilson Library for allowing me to exhibit!

Patty Bover

April 2014


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The class will collaborate on an exhibit of works from the Western Collection and other collections held at WWU.


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Display by: Julia Sapin's Art 490 Class
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The class will collaborate on an exhibit of works from the Western Collection and other collections held at WWU.


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Display by: Julia Sapin's Art 490 Class
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The class will collaborate on an exhibit of works from the Western Collection and other collections held at WWU.


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Display by: Julia Sapin's Art 490 Class
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This exhibit will host a collection of work from the students of Jan Lor. For over 20 years, Lor has been teaching a multi-media art course for developmentally challenged adults.


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Display by: Students of Jan Lor
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d’Elaine Johnson is a full-time artist based in Edmonds, Washington. Hundreds of her works have been collected throughout the world. She has won many awards and honors; has been listed in university, national, and the world’s who’s who of art. She has exhibited at innumerable one-person and juried exhibitions. She is a painter, writer, juror, lecturer, violinist, and philanthropist. d’Elaine Johnson is a woman of our times and, through her art, she is a creative historian of life.

 

d'Elaine's works can be seen in galleries 1, 2 and 3 until the end of December 2014.


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Display by: d'Elaine Johnson

    Western faces : ultra closeups

      Photographs by Robin sizemore

 

This exhibit is the result of an Independent study art 400 class I took with garth amundson during fall 2014.


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Display by: Robin Sizemore
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      Western faces : ultra closeups

      Photographs by Robin sizemore

 

This exhibit is the result of an Independent study art 400 class I took with garth amundson during fall 2014.

 

Robin's exhibit can be seen in WL 270.


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This exhibit explores snapshots of an individual: the hand, foot, shoulder, back and a partial view of the face.  Drawn in black and white charcoal on colored paper, the colors are muted.  The interest lies more in the forms themselves.

The intent behind this set of drawings is to examine.  Examine your hands.  They enable you-to climb a mountain, to swim in the sea, to do what you love and interact with the world.  They tell a story, always in a state of change; perhaps growing, freckling, or aging.  Perhaps the skin has grown tough from hard work or the muscles have grown strong from lifting and climbing, adapting to what we need from them.  The same ideas can be applied to the rest of the human form.

 

This exhibit was made by Emma Nestvold.

e.nestvold@gmail.com

emmanestvold.com


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