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Silver Lake College to Host an Exhibition of Paintings by Wisconsin Artist, Jane Barnard

March 15, 2010

Silver Lake College, 2406 South Alverno Road, Manitowoc, invites the public to attend a guest art exhibit featuring the paintings of Wisconsin artist, Jane Barnard.  The exhibit is located in the Silver Lake College art department and runs from March 26, 2010 through April 19.  Ms. Barnard will present a watercolor demonstration at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 8 followed by a reception from 3:00- 5:00 p.m.  Both events are free and open to the public.

Ms. Barnard is a Stevens Point resident, landscape painter and teacher, a member of the Wisconsin Watercolor Society, Wisconsin Visual Artists, and the Door County Art League. 

She holds an M.A. in English Literature from Marquette University.  She says, “her love of art accelerated in Paris at age 20, when she began her life-long journey through museums, art books, classes, and the joy of mixing with other creative and kindred souls.”

Since then, she has exhibited in juried and non-juried shows both locally and nationally.  In Door County she is a member of the Art League and is represented by the Paint Box Gallery in Ephraim, WI and Earth Art Studio in Sister Bay, WI.  Elsewhere in Wisconsin she is allied with multiple arts organizations and is active in promoting the arts in the community.  She has taught at the Center for Visual Arts in Wausau, and exhibits regularly through the Arts Alliance of Portage County. 

Ms. Barnard’s paintings present a loose, fresh, expressionistic style. Her predominantly plein air landscape paintings use a wet-in-wet, alla prima technique, in the long tradition of “pure” transparent watercolor.  She uses strong color and brushwork, and a somewhat simplified design. Her work is becoming intentionally more abstract; her goal: “less is more.”

Spontaneity is evident in her paintings which are simultaneously bold and reflective. She approaches the natural world with a meditative attitude, reacting at an emotional level to color and shape. Her sketchbooks are filled with drawings and notes and evidence of “practicing her scales,” as it were. She would, “rather dare to push a bold landscape and have it fail than present a technically perfect but timid painting.”

More information about Ms. Barnard’s work can be found at barnardstudio.com.  The exhibit is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday: from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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