Date(s) - 11/18/2016
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Visit Michigan City LaPorte is featuring the art of local artists Laurel Izard, Dorothy Graden and Edwin Shelton from Monday, November 7, 2016 through Friday, January 6, 2017. The opening reception will be on Friday, November 18 from 5pm-8pm. Refreshments will be served.
Laurel Izard, Dorothy Graden, and Edwin Shelton are Northwest Indiana artists with a shared appreciation of spirituality, yet they have contrasting visual interpretations.
Their unconventional images reflect their shared beliefs. Each artist has a history of exhibitions over the years. Laurel Izard recently retired as high school art teacher after nine years. She has been working on a series of tarot themed embroideries. One of these intensely crafted pieces requires four to six weeks to complete. The South Shore Arts Center awarded second place to one of these exceptional embroideries at the 2016 juried salon exhibition. Laurel Izard has an MFA in Ceramics from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a member of the Area Artists Association at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts in MichiganCity. Laurel Izard participated in the summer artists’ residency atUniversity of Illinois at Urbana Champaign duringthe summer of 2016.
Dorothy Graden is very passionate about petroglyphs which influence her current images. For years, she has traveled across the country to see these ancientartworks. She has compiled photographs of these rare indigenous images. Her work includes earthenware sculptures and mix media on handmade paper.
Ms. Graden visits the Hook Pottery & Paper a couple of times a year to make the paper. As a retired kindergarten teacher, Dorothy Graden is an avid scuba diver which can also be seen in her art works.
Edwin Shelton is working in a series of drawings and panels based on “two spirits”. The mix material drawings are either on acid free tag board or handmade paper. The panels are enlargements from the drawings combining as assortment of mix materials.He is influenced by outsider art, which are artworks created by untrained individuals who are inspired to make images. He is also a member of the Area Artists Association. Edwin Shelton has a MFA in sculpture from University of Wisconsin-Madison. He currently is an art teacher at Marquette High School. He also worked as the program director for the Lubeznik Center for the Arts of about five years