A show to rememberA traveling art show came to the village of Solon Springs Aug. 12-14, and I hope it will become an annual event.
A traveling art show came to the village of Solon Springs Aug. 12-14, and I hope it will become an annual event.
The show was held in the Old Village Hall, the one historic site still standing on Main Street, and the brick structure was a perfect fit for this multimedia event. The large room, with its tall, bare windows and white walls, provided a simple, uncluttered background for each artist’s work.
The theme of this juried show was Create Your Peace/Pieces and some of the media used were watercolor, basketry, oil, acrylic on wood, fabric collage and freestyle knit.
My interest in art was motivated many years ago by my art teacher when I was a high school student in Indianapolis, Ind. Although I realize now my talent was minimal, those four years of elective art classes gave me an appreciation for art in its many forms.
There were many reasons I found the opening night reception appealing, beginning with the layout of the room. I was directed first to a large front table to pick up a program, which included information about the show’s sponsors, Superior Council for the Arts (SCFTA) and Rural Arts Voice North (RAV’N) plus the artists’ names and titles of their works. Flowers and light refreshments completed the table arrangement.
Although the room was already full of spectators when I arrived, harp music muted their lively conversations allowing small groups to gather around each exhibit on the walls and throughout the room.
However, I think what drew me back to this exhibit for the next two days, beyond the quality and diversity, was the theme — Create Your Own Peace/Pieces. After each viewing, my soul was refreshed. I’m grateful to the Duluth-Superior Area Community Foundation’s Global Awareness Fund for their support.
Editor’s note: The Create Your Peace/Pieces exhibit remains on display at the North End Arts Gallery, 1323 Broadway Ave., Superior, through Sept. 24. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.